University of Erfurt

University of Erfurt

Studierende am Eingangsbereich der Universität Erfurt
Schloss Friedenstein
Gespräch in der Universitätsbibliothek Erfurt
Blick auf das Verwaltungsgebäude


The University of Erfurt is a campus university with more than 100 professorships and nearly 5.715 students. The reform university for the arts and humanities with a particular focus on cultural and social sciences offers an inspiring atmosphere for studying and conducting academic work. The close ties between the Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Education; Faculty of  Economics, Law, and Social Sciences; Faculty of Catholic Theology and the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies help the university as a whole to forge new paths in teaching and research.

Forward-looking academic programs that combine subject-specific knowledge and professionalization, modern forms of teacher training, and the interdisciplinary general education program are particular distinctions of the University of Erfurt. Our mentoring program and excellent student-faculty ratio guarantee a high-quality education. Refounded in 1994 the University of Erfurt is the youngest public universities in Germany and stands out for not charging tuition fees and its certified family-friendly policy.

The campus is close to Erfurt’s downtown area, making the University of Erfurt a lively part of the Thuringian capital with its low cost of living and its wide range of cultural and recreational activities.


Research at the University of Erfurt is characterized by close ties between the four faculties and the Max Weber Center as well as numerous interdisciplinary projects. The university-wide areas of specialization in Religion and Education are of key importance in shaping the university’s diverse research profile.
These areas of specialization have been intensified by the creation of graduate schools and centers.

The city of Erfurt

Erfurt, a city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants and the capital of the free state of Thuringia, looks back over more than 1250 years of history. Located at the crossroads of important medieval trade routes, Erfurt was the region‘s commercial, political, and cultural center. The biographies of many prominent thinkers, such as Meister Eckhart, Martin Luther, Ulrich von Hutten, Adam Ries, and Wilhelm von Humboldt, were closely connected to Erfurt‘s history.

The immediate vicinity offers many cultural treasures, too. Weimar, the city of Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Nietzsche and Liszt, as well as Eisenach, birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, are among the famous places nearby. Erfurt is located at approx. 3 hours by car from Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Munich and Prague, and only 5 hours away from Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Warsaw.



Facts and Figures

University of Erfurt in numbers

registered students: approximately 5.785
faculty and staff: approximately 670
residents of the city of Erfurt: 203,000

(as of the winter semester 2017/18)

Annual Reports (in German only)

Kai Brodersen, last update: 4.02.2019



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