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­Studying and teaching­ since 1899

Friedensau Adventist University (FAU) is a state-accredited university run 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 studying and teaching. 200 students from more than 30 nations are currently enrolled.

Students can choose between eight bachelor's and master's programs in the School of Social Sciences and the School of Theology. Some programs can also be studied part-time. And then, of course, FAU also offers the course "German as a Foreign Language".


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TheologyBachelor of Arts TheologyGet to know the Bible, read Bible texts in Greek and Hebrew, interpret and understand them in their historical context, learn to work with other people, and work for God.
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TheologyMaster of Arts TheologyContinue your studies to become a pastor, qualify for a full-time job in the Adventist Church, understand the Bible and its relevance in the 21st century, gain more insight into spiritual welfare, mission, and work with children, youth, and the elderly.
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TheologyMaster of Theological Studies TheologyTheological studies taught in the English language for future pastors, teachers, and other leadership roles in the Adventist Church worldwide and in mission.
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TheologyMaster Pastoral Ministry TheologyThe Master’s degree focusing on Pastoral Ministry is a ministry-oriented program that enhances students’ pastoral abilities and deepens their theological foundations.
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Social WorkBachelor of Arts Social WorkSocial workers are professional problem solvers who help people manage their own lives and challenges.
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Development Studies - onlineMaster of Arts Development Studies - onlineThe new M.A. Development Studies program is for Professionals and has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop¬ment or others for whom an e-learning program seems more fitting, with courses such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation and a possibility to specialize in an area of concentration such as gender, sustainability or migration.
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Music TherapyMaster of Arts Music TherapyCombine music and therapeutical work, help fidgeters and elderly people to better get along in the world, get to know new approaches in psychotherapy and pain management.
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CounselingMaster of Arts CounselingHelp people manage the complexity of life, get to know marriage, family, and life counseling methods, and reach your career goal through research and internships.
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International Social SciencesMaster of Arts International Social SciencesDevelopment studies taught in the English language with focus on development cooperation, humanitarian help, human rights work, fight against poverty, social security, and peace work.
German as a Foreign Language German as a Foreign LanguageIn this one-year course, students with or without previous knowledge of the German language prepare for official German examinations (Goethe B1 or Test DaF; beginner level B1 or B2). The course includes exercises in reading, speaking, and conversation, lessons on German culture and literature as well as trips.
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Frequently Asked ­Questions­

Icon FragezeichenIs a degree from a private state-accredited university comparable with a degree from a public university?

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From a formal point of view, the degrees awarded by private and public universities are generally equivalent, and both enjoy full state accreditation. Private and public higher education institutions must fulfil the same quality criteria to get state accreditation. Since the so-called Bologna reform, which primarily stands for the introduction of bachelor's and master's programs, private and public higher education institutions and universities undergo the same accreditation process.

Icon FragezeichenAre the requirements for bachelor's and master's programs at private and public state-accredited universities the same?

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There are no major differences between private and public universities in terms of study requirements. Only persons who also meet the requirements for admission to a public university (university entrance certification) may be granted admission to a private university.

The requirement for the admission to a bachelor's program at FAU is the General Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Abitur). There is no numerus clausus at FAU. Persons who do not have Abitur may also be able to study at FAU if they pass our assessment test.

The requirement for the admission to a master's program at FAU is a university degree with a minimum grade of 2.0 to 2.5, depending on the program. In Saxony-Anhalt, there is no access to master's programs without a formal first university degree on the basis of professional qualification.

Icon FragezeichenWhat about tuition? How to finance studies?

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As a private university run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, FAU does not receive any government subsidies, but is financed by tuition and, to a much greater extent, by subsidies from the school authorities. Tuition range from €2,100 (bachelor's programs) and €2,340 (master's programs) per semester, depending on the program. The registration fee is €380 per semester.

FAU students may receive BAföG on application if they meet the conditions. The responsible office is Studentenwerk Magdeburg: https://www.studentenwerk-magdeburg.de/finanzierung/bafog/

FAU students can do student jobs on campus and earn up to €450 per month. In general, students should not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester.

Foreign students can apply for DAAD scholarships and receive up to €250 per month (at a maximum of nine months per year).

Icon FragezeichenDo FAU students have to belong to a religious community or a church?

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No, people with totally different world views are studying at Friedensau Adventist University: Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, atheists.
As a free church Adventist institution we demand respect for other religions, world views, and cultures. We are convinced that faith, education, and lifestyle form a unit, and strive to reflect a spirituality based on the Gospel in the daily life at FAU.

­Any questions?­

  • on programs
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  • on finances
  • or in general

We would like to answer your questions!

Irina Heinz

Head | Admissions Office and International Office
P +49 (0) 3921 219 16 134

Roland Fischer, Rektor
Prof. Dr. Roland E. Fischer

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