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University of Erfurt

4.8 out of 5 (17 ratings / 8 reviews) Erfurt, Germany
The University of Erfurt is a public university for the arts and humanities with a particular focus on cultural and social sciences. All curricula, including those for teacher training, have been accredited as best-practice models for the implementation of the Bologna system.



Founded in 1379, closed during the 19th century, and reopened in 1994 following German reunification, the school has acquired recognition due to the quantity and quality of its academic achievements in the fields of education, religion, and other key disciplines.


The University of Erfurt is characterized by its specialization in two particular areas: education and religion. In the education specialization, the University of Erfurt offers first-rate teacher education programs for primary and secondary schools in the basic subject areas, in the subject-specific didactic courses, and in a number of other disciplines, including German, foreign languages, history, ethics, art, mathematics, music, Protestant and Catholic religion, social studies, and physical education.

In cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, the University of Erfurt is currently developing a joint degree program for teaching in primary schools.


The University of Erfurt is characterized by its specialization in three particular areas:

  • "Education, School, and Behaviour",
  • "Religion, Society, and World Relations",
  • and "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media".


Next to the research and advanced study programme MWK-Fellows will be strongly supported by offering them several career guidance and training measures, which are based upon the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training. MWK-Fellows will profit from a broad range of subject-specific courses as well as those on transferable skills that will help them to advance their career in academia and the non-academic sector.

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Student services

After their arrival in Erfurt all international students must register with the city's Registration Offices (Bürgerservice). In addition, non-European students must apply for a residence permit from the local Foreigners' Registration Authority (Ausländerbehörde).

More information for international students:

Housing services

The student residence halls are administrated by the University's Studentenwerk (Student Services Organisation). Detailed information on all the residence halls as well as photos can be found at Wohnanlagen > Erfurt. The following residence halls are situated on the university campus in Nordhäuser Straße:

  • Haus 6, Plauener Weg 8 (appr. 300 places)
  • Haus 1, Alfred-Weber-Platz 5 (90 places)
  • Haus 4, Alfred-Weber-Platz 2 (92 places)
  • Max-Kade-Haus (50 places)
You can also look for a room in a shared flat on your own.

Library services

The University Library then has to confirm that there are no payments or book loans pending. Before you turn in both the signed form and your student ID card at theRegistrar’s Office, please come see us at the International Office again.

Medical services

Every student is required to have adequate health insurance coverage at all times. Documentation for health insurance must be provided when enrolling at the University. As a student, you have the right to statutory health insurance at the lowest rate of contribution (at present appr. 82 Euro per month).

Student Life

Campus life

Many unique features characterise the medieval city of Erfurt, which is not only the largest city in Thuringia, but is also one of the oldest cities in central Germany.

The city's eventful history began over 1,250 years ago with its early development as an economic, political and cultural centre, largely due to its favourable location at the crossroads of important European trade routes.

Prominent figures such as Martin Luther, Ulrich von Hutten, Adam Ries, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller and Wilhelm von Humboldt are closely associated with the history of the city.

Sports facilities

The University Sports Centre (USV) provides students and employees with the opportunity to increase their levels of fitness with a wide range of activities, all of which are listed on the university sports centre website and in a brochure that is published at the beginning of each semester.

Student clubs

The student association Anti-Racist Campus Erfurt aims to prevent any racist action on the campus of the university.

You can contribute to that by being an active member of the association. You can report incidents with racist background as well as receive professional help in case you were affected by a racist incident.

Student Reviews

Diverse knowledge
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Psychology is super interessting in Erfurt. You do alot of statistics and less biology. We do not do neuroscience but there are alot of great extracourses like international trainingsdesign. You can also great your own course by inviting other speakers. We learn alot about intersubjectknowledge abd transfer our knowledge to different interships that are obligated

M.A. Staatswissenschaften University of Erfurt
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great professors and interesting courses but the amenities (library hours etc.) are not so great

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The overall experience was great. Our Public Policy programme was truly international. It was a once in a lifetime experience to meet representatives of more than 30 countries in your class and learn from them. The teaching quality was great in regards of the course selection and the faculty. The WBS administration was always helpful with any questions or issues you had....