Starting Your Studies

You are about to start your studies at our faculty? We have put together an information package that will help you with the most important questions. Have a good start on your way to graduation!

Questions?

In addition to the information you can find online, we offer various types of study guidance.

For questions and academic advising for theology students, please contact the faculty's Student Advising. General questions about studying at the University of Bonn will be answered by the Central Student Advisory Service.

If you have questions related to the Master of Ecumenical Studies, please also visit the program's website.

Studienberatung
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Sprachkurs
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Curious?

In three of its five main disciplines, Protestant theology deals with questions that require intensive study of source texts from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and church history.

If you have not yet acquired the knowledge of the ancient languages demanded for your degree program, you can catch up on this in language courses – during the semester or in preliminary courses. Find an overview of the preliminary courses here.

Semester Opening Events
Semester Opening Summer 2022

As the Faculty of Protestant Theology, we would like to invite our students to the opening of the semester on Monday, 4 April 2022, 10 am to 4 pm

Semester Opening

As the Faculty of Protestant Theology, we would like to welcome our (new) students for the winter semester 2021/22 – this year again on site in Bonn!

Webinar on the Master’s Program in (Extended) Ecumenical Studies

Get to know the Master’s program in (Extended) Ecumenical Studies! On 25 February you can meet lecturers and student-ambassadors in our live webinar.

8 Steps Towards Studying

From application and enrollment to registration for the examination process – find out about what is important at the beginning of your studies.

If you are an international student, please note that steps 1 and 2 may differ from the following descriptions. Find out how to apply and enroll.

Have a good start at our faculty

If you would like to apply for the English-language Master's program (Extended) Ecumenical Studies (MESt), please refer to the website of the degree program to find out which documents are required.

The German-language degree programs of the Faculty of Protestant Theology do not have any admission requirements.

You only need to apply if you wish to study “Evangelische Theologie” in combination with a subject with restricted admission. In this case, you must first apply for the subject with restricted admission. Once you have been admitted, you can also enroll in the subject with open admission.

For degree programs with open admission, the enrollment deadline set by the Administration Office applies – generally in March and September.

If you wish to study in a degree program with restricted admissions, the enrollment period ends earlier. You will be informed of the deadline after you have been admitted to the program.

Please note that there are also deadlines for your application. The application period for the Master’s program Ecumenical Studies can be found on the program website.

How do I enroll?

To enroll, you need to bring along an identification document (identity card, passport), the enrolment application, and a health insurance certificate.

Enrollment takes place at the University of Bonn’s Office of Student Affairs, at Poppelsdorfer Allee 49.

Finding an affordable room can be challenging in Bonn. Therefore, you should start looking for a place to live as soon as possible.

Subsidized and thus cheaper rooms can be found through the “Studierendenwerk Bonn”. For MESt students, a limited number of rooms is usually already reserved. Please contact the MESt coordinator if you are interested in a student dormitory room.

For students of Protestant theology, the “Adolf-Clarenbach-Haus” might be an option, too. It also offers affordable student rooms.

Further information on how to apply for a dormitory room or apartment can be found on the University‘s website.

In the first week of each semester, the Faculty of Protestant Theology offers informational events for all first-year students.

After you have enrolled at the University of Bonn, you will receive an email with the events relevant to your course of study.

If you are a student of Protestant Theology aiming for a church degree (“Evangelische Theologie mit Abschluss Kirchl. Examen"), you have to attend the event to which you are invited. For all other students attendance of the informational events is optional, but we strongly recommend that you attend.

You will not only be given a course folder ("Studiengangsordner") with a study plan, but you can also ask any questions you may have. If you are unable to come to the event, please contact the Examination Office of the Faculty of Protestant Theology.

For international students, the ERASMUS coordinator organizes a welcome meeting.

We look forward to meeting you!

After having attended the informational events for your studies, you should register for courses. An overview of the courses offered can be found in the electronic course catalogue BASIS

How to register for BASIS and which courses you should choose is explained at the informational events for first-year students.

Classes usually start during the first weeks of April or October – for details, see the course descriptions on BASIS.

On the first day of the lecture period we will start with an opening program, including a joint church service. The student association also offers welcoming events for all students.

During the opening events no classes will be held.

On the late afternoon of the first day of the lecture periode the courses will start. Please refer to the electronic course catalogue BASIS to find out when the exact start of a course is.

As a rule, in the first session the lecturers will give information on what is expected of you in order to successfully participate in a course. It is therefore important that you do not miss this session.

Should you ever be unable to attend a seminar session, please contact your lecturer in advance. Since discussion is of great importance for theology, you should participate not only regularly but also actively. You will benefit from it!

During your first semester, at the latest before the exams begin, you must register at the Examination Office for the examination process of your degree program.

The following documents are required:

  • Final grade certificate
  • Passport photo
  • Student card or enrollment certificate
  • Language certificates or other certificates relevant to your studies

Furthermore, please bring the documents you received at the information events for first-year students – see step 4:

  • Registration form for examinations
  • Address form
  • Tabular listing of your academic career to date
  • If you wish to have credit points from previous studies recognized, please also bring the relevant certificates

Get to Know your Faculty

Get a first impression of the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Bonn!

1 Minute aus der Evangelischen Fakultät

Informational Events

In the first week of each semester, the Faculty of Protestant Theology offers informational events for all first-year students. After you have enrolled at the University of Bonn, you will receive an email with the events relevant to your course of study.

If you are a student of Ecumenical Studies, please also visit the website of your study program for further events organized by the MESt coordinator and Centre for Religion and Society.

If you are a student of Protestant Theology aiming for a church examination (“Evangelische Theologie mit Abschluss Kirchl. Examen"), you have to attend the event to which you are invited. For all other students attendance of the informational events is optional, but we strongly recommend that you attend the events.

You will not only be given a course folder (Studiengangsordner) with a study plan, but you can also ask any questions you may have. If you are unable to come to the event, please contact the Examination Office of the Protestant Theological Faculty.

For international visiting students, the ERASMUS coordinator organizes a welcome meeting.

Student Association

The Student Association welcomes and invites all current students to their events, including student council meetings. In each winter semester, it elects the Student Council as the governing body and three students as representatives to the faculty council, the governing body of the faculty.

Contact

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Student Advising

R 0.131

Am Hof 1

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73-60034

Avatar Examination Office

Examination Office

R 0.131

Am Hof 1

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73-60034

See also

Downloads

Module plans, examination regulations, and other documents can be downloaded as PDF files.

Dates and Deadlines

Here you will find all the information about dates and deadlines regarding the application, exams, and courses.

While You Study

Find out about the topics that are important during your studies: Uni-ID, libraries and much more.

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