Here you find information on how the faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology supports you during your studies in Erlangen and/or Nürnberg. Find information on what support we offer and what steps to undertake, when you come to visit the faculty either as a regular or as an exchange student.
In order to get admission to one of our degree programmes, you normally need
- German at a level of DSH2 (Here you find more detailed information on the proof and acquisition of German language skills).
- A school diploma recognized in Germany for Bachelor students (For further information, please refer to international qualifications)
- A first university degree in a field related to your master programme for master students
For more details, please take a look at the degree programme of your choice. Information is generally provided in the course language(s).
We offer you the help of local students, so called buddies, who accompany you in the first days and weeks and maybe throughout your studies in Erlangen and/or Nürnberg, supporting you in your every day life and your studies. Some degree programmes offer tutorials for international students. For more information see below, support for incoming students.
If you are looking for help to finance your studies in Germany, visit the database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). There you find information on any possible scholarships. If you are a student from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia or Ukraine, you might apply for a scholarship offered by BAYHOST. As a student from Latin America you have the possibility to turn to BAYLAT for a scholarship supporting you in the final phase of your studies.
Kerstin Maurer, MA (Bachelor, Teaching Degree)
Dr. Ruth Maloszek (Master, PhD)
If you come from one of our partner universities, you will receive special support. Ms. Kerstin Maurer of our International Office is there to help you.
If you want to do your doctoral degree at our Faculty, first and foremost you need to find a supervisor. Your supervisor’s written support is the basis for every further step you will take, starting from visa application to getting financial support. Next, we recommend that you register your doctoral project with docdaten. This helps the Graduate Centre of FAU to maintain contact with you and to offer you any organisational support you might need during your stay at Erlangen-Nürnberg.
We offer you the help of local student buddies to support you throughout your stay in Erlangen-Nürnberg in all questions of organizing your life and your PhD study at our Faculty. Some chairs offer tutorials for international students. For more information see below (Support for Incoming Students).
The most important steps at a glance:
1. Find yourself a supervisor.
2. Sen your documents via certified mail to Promotionsbüro of the Faculty.
3. Register with docdaten.
4. Find yourself support at FAU Welcome Centre with the organisational questions during your research at FAU.
If you are looking for help to finance your research in Germany, you can visit the database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). There you find information on all possible scholarships. If you are a student from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia or Ukraine, you might be able to use a scholarship offered by BAYHOST.
FAU’s Newcomers‘ Club welcomes you and your family. The club aims to be a starting point for joint activities, such as toddlers’ groups, sports / games / arts / literature meetings, excursions and conversation groups. Join us every second Thursday for a talk about different aspects of the region and start making plans with other participants over coffee and tea.
If you want to learn German or enhance your proficiency, have a look at the offers of FAU language centre (summary in English).
Last not least: Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.
Support for incoming students
If you require help at the start of your studies or later, you find support:
The faculty offers a three days orientation course at the beginning of the winter term. Here you learn the basics about studying at FAU, and you learn about the campus and the city.
- The next course will take place in October 2018
If you wish to be in regular contact with local students and to get support from one during the first weeks and throughout your time studying in Erlangen or Nürnberg, please register and contact the international office of the faculty. We will team you up with a suitable buddy to help you find your way around and meet new people.
Join the facebook group, where you can communicate in German or English: “Buddyprogramm der Philosophischen Fakultät der FAU”
Some study courses offer tutorials for incoming students.Tutorials offered in English taught programmes: English Studies and North American Studies. In a familiar atmosphere, in regular meetings normally once a week, you have the opportunity to delve deeper into the basics of the subject you study and to pose any question you might have around the subject:
- reading of basic texts an texts of your choice
- repetition of the most important scientific terms and methods
- help with your language questions
- assistance in your scientific work
- exercise presentations
Please contact the international office of the faculty for more detailed information.
The FAU Language Centre offers courses from Arabic to Ukrainian. If you are looking for a German course, you can chose a German language course at all possible levels of proficiency. In semester breaks, i.e. in April and in September, a three-weeks FIT course is offered on different levels. Furthermore, for DSH preparation courses are offered. Have a look at Sprachenzentrum to check registration deadlines.
For winter term 2016/17, the last day of registration was 19 October. Before coming for registration, you make an appointment online.
If you want to learn about DSH, or if you want to know which language certificates are accepted at FAU, check the information on FAU international.
Our FAU career service for international students offers a range of services and seminars for FAU’s international students and doctoral candidates. Graduates can make use of this for up to a year after finishing their degree. The Service offers career advice and support with applications, seminars, workshops and individual support and advice.
At http://www.stellenwerk-fau.de you find advertisements for placements and jobs.
If you are looking for some more social contact or just want to meet people, try these opportunities:
International afternoons take place regularly during the semester. As an international student, you meet German students, as an outgoing you meet students who have previously studied abroad or are planning to do so. You may bring along a snack of your culture/country and a musical instrument – or just yourself. Meetings take place at 5-7 pm at the study service center of the faculty, Bismarckstr. 1, foyer A-tower, Erlangen.
International afternoons in summer term 2018:
- Wednesday 11 April
- Thursday 3 May
- Wednesday 30 May
- Thursday 28 June
The students organisations oft he protestant and the catholic churches in Erlangen and Nürnberg regularely organise regional events, an international breakfast, and excursions for the students of FAU. These events are genuinely international, even if they are in German, and there is no need to be protestant or catholic yourself in order to take part.
Excursions are offered by FAU Volunteers for Internationals, as well.