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Ecumenical Studies

University of Bonn

12 months
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The Ecumenical Studies programme of the University of Bonn, held in English, is an international and interdisciplinary course of study covering two semesters and is designed for students with different religious and cultural backgrounds.


A four-semester degree program Extended Ecumenical Studies is also available. Based on the assumption that activity in the ecumenical movement requires specialized historical and theological knowledge and in accordance with their international and interdisciplinary focus, these degree programs aim to make a contribution to the current, continually growing inter-religious dialog and the relationship between church and society. This aim is reflected in the orientation of the curricula, which is towards the plurality of Christianities, the (extra-)European churches and theologies, the types of unity being sought among the churches or in Christianity as well as the concepts of peaceful and respectful interaction among the religions.

Students in the Ecumenical Studies programme of the University of Bonn are enabled to sort out research questions across disciplines and independently solve complex problems while expanding their methodological and analytical competencies. Open reflection on the diverse religious and cultural backgrounds of students and instructors is regarded as a central aspect of the research-oriented profiles of these degree programs.

Possible lines of work:

Ecumenical activism (coordination of ecumenical relationships), religion journalism, academia (research management, teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.), editing/publishing, adult education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biblical and Historical Aspects of Ecumenical Studies
  • Educational, Sociological and Systematic Aspects of Ecumenical Studies
  • Looking Beyond Christianity
  • The Christian Confessions Past and Present 
  • Ecumenism in Theory and Practice
  • Church, State, and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree that must be in one of the following fields: Catholic Theology, History of Religion, Jewish Studies, Old-Catholic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Protestant Theology, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion, Orthodox Theology or another related field.
  • School leaving certificate;
  • Bachelor's degree(s) and the Transcript(s) of Records; Master's degree(s) – if any – and the Transcript(s) of Records;
  • English Language Certificate (unless you have previously completed a university degree in a program conducted at least partially in the English language);
  • Letter of motivation;
  • CV;
  • Scholarshisp Application, in case you are interested in applying for the MESt Faculty Scholarship – please, see details here;
  • A sample of written work of maximum 10 pages (selected parts of seminar papers, Bachelor's theses, etc.), which provides adequate grounds for the evaluation of the applicant's qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 12 months.

While public universities in Germany do not charge tuition, students must pay a social fee of 300 EUR per semester.

Living costs for Bonn

865 - 1281 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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