University access, courses of study and types of degree

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University admission:

According to § 60 of the Thuringian Higher Education Act (ThürHG), the following entitles the student to study

  • in undergraduate courses of study at a university or the University of Music, the general or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification,
  • in undergraduate courses of study at universities of applied sciences, the general university entrance qualification, the subject-linked university entrance qualification or the university of applied sciences entrance qualification,
  • the passing of an entrance examination for particularly qualified professionals according to § 63 ThürHG,
  • the successful passing of the master craftsman's examination,
  • the successful completion of an educational course to become a state-certified technician or state-certified business economist,
  • the successful completion of a further vocational training course equivalent to the master craftsman's examination in the learned profession in accordance with the Vocational Training Act, in accordance with the Crafts Code or in accordance with another regulation under public law, or
  • the successful completion of other further vocational training, provided that it has been determined by the competent bodies to be equivalent to the master craftsman's examination or has been determined to be equivalent by the university.

The general or fechgebundene Hochschulreife or the Fachhochschulreife and a training contract with a cooperating company entitle the student to study at a state or state-recognized Berufsakademie.

A first university degree or a degree from a state or state-recognized university of cooperative education entitles the holder to study in postgraduate programs, in consecutive master's programs or in continuing education programs.

Graduates of universities of applied sciences, administrative colleges or state or state-recognized vocational academies in the tertiary sector are entitled to continue their studies at other universities in any undergraduate degree program.

Degree programs:

Thuringia's institutions of higher education offer degree programs leading to the Diplom, Master's, Magister, Bachelor's, Bakkalaureat or Staatsexamen degrees.

In addition to the presentation of the courses offered on the homepages of the individual universities

  • University of Erfurt
  • Ilmenau University of Technology
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Bauhaus University Weimar
  • Franz Liszt University of Music Weimar
  • University of Applied Sciences Erfurt
  • University of Applied Sciences Jena
  • Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

study preferences can also be found specifically via the "Study and Career Choice" website.

Degree types:

Bachelor and Master

A first professional degree can be achieved with a bachelor's degree after only 6 to 8 semesters, so that graduates can enter the job market at a younger age.

Graduates of a bachelor's degree program are generally entitled to enter a master's program. Both the university location and the type of university (university of applied sciences, university) can be changed. Bachelor's graduates have the option of directly joining a master's program or first entering professional life in order to possibly continue their education later with a master's degree. The choice of a specialization can then be based on initial practical experience or the requirements of the job market.

Master's programs comprise 2 to 4 semesters and are similar in structure to Bachelor's programs.

Diploma and Magister artium

The Diplom and the Magister degree, which leads to the Magister artium degree, are still offered in a few programs that have not (yet) been converted to the new study structure with Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In this case, in a diploma program, the education is concentrated on a specific subject, which is supplemented by other subjects as elective or optional courses.

The Magister program is a course of study in at least two subjects from different subject areas or scientific disciplines. Both diploma and master's examinations are university examinations.

State Examination

In the study programs of law, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry and for teaching positions, the studies are completed with a state examination. These examinations are taken by university lecturers and representatives of state examination offices.

The teacher training program in Thuringia comprises a combination of two subjects and generally concludes with the First State Examination. A supplementary subject can be taken as an option.

At the University of Erfurt, elementary and regular school teachers are trained within the framework of the consecutive BA/MaL study model. The BA/MaL study program, which concludes with the academic degrees Baccalaureus Artium and Magister in elementary and regular school teaching, replaces the previous basic teacher training program.

Extension examinations can be taken for optional third subjects.

At the end of the subsequent preparatory service (traineeship), the second state examination is taken. Only at this point is the student qualified to teach at state schools.

In the course of study in Law, a traineeship must also be completed after the First State Examination, which is concluded with the Second State Examination.


Admission to a doctoral program at a university generally requires the successful completion of a course of study at a university or equivalent institution of higher education. For graduates of universities of applied sciences with a Master's degree, the same admission requirements for doctoral studies apply as for university graduates with a Master's degree. The exact requirements are regulated in detail in the doctoral regulations of the universities.

Continuing education forms of study:

Most of the universities in Thuringia implement continuing education programs that can usually be completed while working. The admission requirements for continuing education programs vary and depend on the type of degree. Degrees are certificates of attendance, certificates or university degrees.

Further education opportunities, enrollment dates and the respective entry requirements can be obtained from the Central Student Advisory Offices or the Continuing Education departments of the universities, the FSU Jena Study Center in Erfurt, and the JenAll Continuing Education Association at FSU Jena and Jena University of Applied Sciences.

The "Bildungsportal Thüringen" (Education Portal Thuringia) bundles information on academic continuing education programs offered by all Thuringian universities as well as initiatives and projects in the field of eLearning.

Study and career choice

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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