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Degree programmes

In Germany, students usually start university after achieving a university entrance qualification at 18 or 19. However, you might want to train for a job first and then go on to university, or even start out training for a job, acquire a university entrance qualification afterwards and then study while in employment. Or maybe you do not have any such qualification but you are successful in your job and want to study anyway.

FAU has developed programmes tailored to individual situations, enabling access to academic education. In addition to the regular degree programmes, FAU offers courses for gifted school pupils (Frühstudium) and for senior citizens (Seniorenstudium) – popular study options which have become an integral part of teaching at almost every university.

With the exception of a small number of Master’s degree programmes, German is the teaching language at FAU. Therefore, a good knowledge of German is an essential prerequisite to successfully completing a degree programme at our University.

Starting at FAU this winter semester

When university starts in winter semester 2020/21, it will not be the same as in previous years. The coronavirus pandemic and its consequences mean that starting university will be a rather different experience for you, our new first year students. One thing we can promise you, however, is that together we will make it possible for you to get off to the perfect start at university. FAU, its institutions, faculties and partners will still offer a wide range of services and introductory events to help you find your feet as you start out at university.

Start of the winter semester 2020/21

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Degree programmes


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Other special programmes and courses alongside your degree