Friedensau Adventist University

Friedensau Adventist University is a state-approved university sponsored by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It was founded in 1899 and can look back on a long tradition and a great deal of experience in study and teaching. 200 students from more than 30 nations are currently enrolled.

In the departments of Christian Social Sciences and Theology, students can choose between eight study programs under Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts – some of which can be studied part time – as well as the course “German as a foreign language”.

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Our range of studies

Programmes offered by the School of Theology

To know the Bible, to read texts in Greek and Hebrew, to understand and to interpret them historically and contextually, to learn to work with other people and to work for God.
To continue the studies to become a pastor, to qualify yourself for a full-time job in the Adventist Church; to understand the Bible and its relevance in the 21st century; spiritual welfare, missions; work with children, youth and the elderly.
Studies for future service as a pastor or teacher, or for other leadership roles in the Adventist Church worldwide and in mission work. Study courses are provided in English.

The courses in the School of social Studies

Social workers are professional problem solvers who help people create their own lives and manage challenges.
To gain competence in the management of social healthcare, in the strategies of operationalization, in methods as well as in leadership and guidance approaches and their systemic, psychological connection, business administration.
To connect music and therapeutical work, to help fidgeters or elderly people to get along with the world in a better way, to find new approaches in psychotherapy or in pain management.
To help people manage the complexity of life; to learn the methods of counseling, as they apply to marriage, family and life in general; and to learn how to reach their career goals through research and internships.
Development cooperation, humanitarian help, human rights work, management of anti-poverty programs, social security and peace work. Study courses are provided in English.
With or without previous knowledge of the German language, the students will prepare for official German exams (Goethe B1 or Test DaF; beginner level B1 or B2) in this one-year course. The course contains exercises in reading, speaking and conversation, exposure to German culture and literature, as well as trips.

frequently asked questions

Is a degree from a private state-approved university comparable with a degree from a public university?

From a formal point of view, the degrees of a public and a private university are usually equivalent – both of them enjoy a full state recognition. Before a university is recognized by the state, it has to fulfill the same quality criteria as a public university. Since the so called Bologna Reform, which is mostly standing for the introduction of bachelor and master study programmes, private and public universities pass through the same process of accreditation that leads to recognition.

Are the prerequisites for a bachelor and master study program at a public and a private state-approved university the same?

There are no big differences in the prerequisites between public and private universities. Students are only approved if they fulfill the same conditions of enrollment required by public universities (university entrance certification).

The prerequisite of a bachelor programme at our university is the General Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Abitur). There are no numerus clauses at our university. Students can possibly study at our university without the Abitur, if they pass an assessment test.

The prerequisite of a master programme is a university’s degree with a grade not worse than 2.0 or 2.5 – depending on the study programme. In Saxony-Anhalt, students with a professional qualification have no access so far to a Master programme without a formal first university’s degree.

What are the tuition fees? How can I finance my studies?

As a private university sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, FAU receives no government funding; it finances itself by the tuition fees and, to a significantly greater degree, by the grants of the school authorities. The tuition fees vary – depending on the study programme – between € 2,100 (Bachelor programmes) and € 2,340 (Master programmes) per semester. The registration fee is € 380 per semester.

The students of Friedensau Adventist University may receive BAföG on application if the conditions are fulfilled. The office for the BAföG is the Studentenwerk Magdeburg:

The students at Friedensau Adventist can take up a student job to earn up to € 450 per month. During the semester the students should not work more than 20 hours per week.

Students from foreign countries can apply for DAAD scholarships and can receive up to € 250 monthly (at a maximum of nine months per year)

Do the students need to belong to a religious community or a church?

No, people with totally different world views are studying at Friedensau Adventist University: Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, atheists.
As a non-denominational Adventist institution we demand respect for other religions, ideologies and cultures. We are convinced that faith, education and lifestyle belong together and we strive to reflect a spirituality in the daily life of the university that is founded on the Gospel.

Recent News

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Stefan Mey spoke about his book “Darknet”

On Wednesday, January, 17, 2018, Stefan Mey spoke about his new non-fiction book “Darknet” at the library. In his lecture he explored the dark side of the internet and spoke …

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Einschreibung Sommersemester

Datum: 19.03.2018
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Einschreibung Musiktherapie

Datum: 19.03.2018
um 14:00 – 16:00

Begegnung unter dem Wort

Datum: 21.03.2018
um 09:45 – 10:15
Veranstaltungsort: Aula
Adresse: An der Ihle 2
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To apply to Friedensau Adventist University, please send the signed application forms to
Irina Heinz, Head of the admissions office, International student’s registry
Telefon + 49 (0) 39 21 9 16 134, Send e-mail

I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon
Prof. Dr. Roland E. Fischer

Prof. Dr. Roland E. Fischer

Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
An der Ihle 19
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau
+ 49 (0) 39 21 9 16 0

Leave the A2 (Hannover – Berlin) at the exit „Theeßen“, follow the route in the direction of Theeßen/Grabow. Follow the signs for Friedensau and Theologische Hochschule Friedensau (turn left).