Studying and teaching since 1899
Friedensau Adventist University 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 study 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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Frequently Asked Questions
Is a degree from a private state-accredited 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 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's and Master's programs, private and public universities pass the same process of accreditation that leads to recognition.
Are the requirements for Bachelor's and Master's programs at public and private state-accredited universities the same?
There are no big differences in the requirements between public and private universities. Students are only granted admission, if they fulfill the same conditions of enrollment required by public universities (university entrance certification).
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. Students without the Abitur can also study at FAU, if they pass an assessment test.
The requirements for the admission to a Master's program at FAU is a university’s degree with a grade not worse than 2.0 or 2.5 – depending on the program. In Saxony-Anhalt, students without a formal first university’s degree, but with a professional qualification are still not granted admission to a Master's program.
What about tuition? How to finance the studies?
As a private university run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, FAU receives no government funding; it finances itself by tuition and, to a significantly greater degree, by the grants of the school authorities. Tuition varies – depending on the program – between € 2,100 (Bachelor's programs) and € 2,340 (Master's programs) 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 of Friedensau Adventist University can take up student jobs 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 receive up to € 250 per month (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 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.
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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
Phone: +49 (0) 3921 219 16 134