­Studying and teaching­ since 1899

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 Science and Theology, students can choose between eight study programmes 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”.

Our Programmes

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TheologyBachelor of Arts TheologyTo 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.
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TheologyMaster of Arts TheologyTo 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.
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TheologyMaster of Theological Studies TheologyStudies 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.
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Social WorkBachelor of Arts Social WorkSocial workers are professional problem solvers who help people create their own lives and manage challenges.
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Social and Health ManagementMaster of Arts Social and Health ManagementTo 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.
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Music TherapyMaster of Arts Music TherapyTo 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.
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CounselingMaster of Arts CounselingTo 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.
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International Social SciencesMaster of Arts International Social SciencesDevelopment cooperation, humanitarian help, human rights work, management of anti-poverty programs, social security and peace work. Study courses are provided in English.
German as a foreign language German as a foreign languageWith 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.
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Taster Studies

Get a feel for our study programmes and the university’s life. The taster studies can be done for free at any time during the school year in consultation with the admission office.

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Frequently Asked ­Questions­

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

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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.

Icon FragezeichenAre the prerequisites for a bachelor and a master stud program at a public and a private state-approved university the same?

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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.

Icon FragezeichenWhat are the tuition fees? How can I finance my studies?

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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: https://www.studentenwerk-magdeburg.de/finanzierung/bafog/

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)

Icon FragezeichenDo the students need 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 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.

­Do you have any questions?­

  • About the study programmes
  • About the application
  • About financing your studies
  • Of a general nature

We would like to answer your questions!

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) 3921 219 16 134

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

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