UMW Exchange Programs | Universität Erfurt

Teaching Building 2-UniErfurt
Teaching Building 2-UniErfurt
For the same UMW tuition you paid this semester, you could study as an exchange student in Germany!

Program Overview

Founded in 1392 and closed in the 1800s, the Universität Erfurt reopened in 1994 with an ambitious reform program that placed it among both the youngest and oldest institutions in Germany. Scholarly excellence, interdisciplinary studies, and a strong international profile characterize this university, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences. The quaint Fredericksburg-sized town of Erfurt is the capital of Thüringia, located in central Germany, making it easy to travel all over the country. Characterized by architectural brilliance, picturesque alleys, and cathedrals, Erfurt is considered one of the most attractive medieval city centers. It is one of the German cities that best survived the bombing raids during WWII. Erfurt is the oldest university in Germany and is Martin Luther’s alma mater. Although it has been modernized by a convenient tram system, a large area of town is strictly for foot traffic, where visitors may stroll down narrow cobblestone streets lined with bakeries, small shops, and street vendors.


  • Available for spring semester or the academic year
  • Language requirements: Two semesters of college-level German
  • GPA requirement: 2.5 or greater
  • Must have completed at least 12 UMW credits
  • Students can earn 12-18 credits per semester
  • Before commencing their studies, students are encouraged to take an optional three-week comprehensive language and orientation course that helps exchange students settle into life at the University of Erfurt as well as providing language placement
  • Each study abroad student is assigned a German student “tutor” who will help acquaint him or her with the campus and academic life
  • All courses must be pre-approved by a UMW department chair. Elective credits may be approved by the Center for International Education. Students must receive a “C” or better for courses to transfer.

Housing and Meals

The University of Erfurt offers exchange students housing in a residence hall on campus and apartments directly off campus. The residence hall features four single rooms per suite with shared kitchenette.  Apartments feature three single bedrooms and a shared full kitchen. Depending on the housing one selects, different items and services are included or excluded from the program cost. Along with rent payment, a refundable deposit of 200 Euros is required. Though there is no meal plan, students have the option of dining at the student cafeteria during the week at reasonable student-discount prices. Vegetarian food is offered along with the standard menu.


At the beginning of the semester, students pay a non-refundable “semester contribution” of about 219 Euros that will purchase their student ID. With that id, students get free public transportation within all of the region of Thüringia, including buses, trams, and Thüringia regional trains. Excursions are offered to students through the Exchange Student Network at the university through which students can travel to places like Hamburg, Munich, Bremen, Berlin at a discounted price. Destinations vary per semester. Students may also arrange independent travel over the weekends and during class breaks.


To participate in the Erfurt exchange program:

  • Register to study abroad with UMW.
  • Contact CIE to request nomination for the Erfurt Exchange program in your preferred term. Available spots are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Stop by CIE (Lee Hall 434) for an appointment with a Peer Advisor, who will give you materials and help you with next steps.


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