University of Erfurt


Studying at the University of Erfurt: Degrees programs and courses: Course offerings and information about studies

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The goal of the so-called Bologna Reform of 1999 is to harmonize the academic degrees in Europe and thus reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a degree, enhance the level of occupational preparation provided by degree programs, and increase the mobility of students. Since then, degree programs in Germany have been converted to the bachelor-master system. The new system structures academic studies as follows:

Level 1: In a bachelor program, students earn their first degree to qualify them for work in their field of choice in six to eight semesters. The prerequisite for enrolling in a bachelor program is a high school diploma (German: Abitur). The program consists of three fields of study:

  • Main subject (Major)
  • Subsidiary subject (Minor)
  • Interdisciplinary studies (Studium Fundamentale)

Level 2: A master program is the next level of qualification and can only be commenced after completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Master programs can be designed to take two, three, or four semesters to complete. Master programs are taught in German, unless otherwise indicated.

In addition, the University of Erfurt offers a Magister degree (equivalent to a bachelor’s and master’s combined) in Catholic Theology and a number of continuing education programs.I



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