Exchange and Visiting Students

Welcome to the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg!

We are happy to welcome international guests at our department. Whether you come as Erasmus exchange student from one of our partner universities or organize your stay individually, at our department you will find an interesting, challenging study programme, supportive faculty members and students.

For general information in English (application procedures, accommodation etc.), please visit our International Office. For specific information about the programmes and research at the ITM please have a look at the information below or contact our departmental coordinator Prof. Dr. Olga Moskatova.

Why Study at the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft?
  • Diverse course programmes on Bachelor and Master levels that allow you to combine academic study with practical work.
  • Various co-operations with the region’s cultural institutions and festivals.
  • Opportunities for independent student-initiated production work in a professionally equipped environment (studio theatre, audio and video studios).
  • Extensive academic and personal support by our departmental coordinator and the International Office (orientation week, leisure-time programme) that will allow you to quickly integrate into student life in Germany.
  • The department is situated in a friendly town of short distances, the lively city of Nuremberg is only a 15-minute train ride away.
Our Institute: A Supportive Environment

We want you to feel at home at our university and in the Erlangen / Nuremberg area. Our departmental coordinator supports you in all questions concerning studying at our department. The university’s Central Office of International Affairs organizes an extensive programme of activities that support you in organizational matters and help you to quickly integrate into German student life. Before the beginning of each semester an orientation course (Orientierungskurs) helps you with the bureaucratic parts of your stay and provides the first opportunity to meet other international and German students. During the semester the university’s international leisure-time programme (Kultur- und Freizeitprogramm) offers trips to German cities, movie nights, sports and cultural events.

The Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft was founded in 1996. The faculty consists of distinguished scholars and experienced practitioners. Research and teaching at the department are characterized by an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. The aesthetics, histories and theories of the performing arts and visual media are studied together. Teaching and research at the department thus aim at a better understanding of interdependencies between performative and visual practices in their historical and cultural contexts.

Believing that a combination of theory and practice is highly productive and helps students to think creatively, undergraduate education in our BA programme Theater- und Medienwissenschaft (Theatre and Media Studies) integrates the academic study of the performing arts and media with production work in performance, video, film and audio media.

Our graduate programmes are strongly research-oriented. The MA programme in Theater- und Medienwissenschaft (Theatre and Media Studies) invites students to deepen their understanding of the performing arts and media in their historical, cultural and social contexts. The programme is offered with two focuses: Students may either specialize in Theatricality and Performative Culturesor in Visuality and Visual Cultures. The MA programme in Theaterpädagogik (Theatre Pedagogy) is intended for students interested in cultural education and the educational potential of the performing arts. Our PhD programme offers opportunities for independent research. Doctoral students are supported on an individual base. PhD candidates may focus exclusively on either Theatre Studies or Media Studies.

Education and research at the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft generally focus on the histories, theories and analysis of the performing arts, theatre, digital media, film, TV and photography. More specifically, faculty’s areas of specialization include:

  • Theatricality
  • Performance and Performativity
  • 20th Century European Theatre and Culture
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Performance Art
  • Theatre Therapy and Pedagogy
  • Visual Cultures
  • Film and TV
  • Photography
  • Media Historiography
  • Media and Memory.
Erlangen: A Cosy City in the Heart of Bavaria with Exciting Cultural Opportunities

Erlangen is located in Germany’s South in Bavaria. Its 1000 years of history are visible until today. The charming city is one of the best preserved baroque planned cities in Germany. Its castle with the castle gardens, the market, green parks and the lively city centre with shopping facilities, cafes and bars conveniently provide everything for everyday life and are always perfect for a walk. Erlangen has about 105.000 inhabitants and is seat of the second biggest university in Bavaria as well as home of many technology companies.

Nuremberg with its medieval city centre and the UNESCO world heritage city of Bamberg can be reached within minutes by train. Bayreuth, seat of the famous Richard-Wagner-Festival, is also only a few kilometres away.

The Erlangen / Nuremberg area has a lively performing arts as well as music and film scene. The two major regional theatres are the Markgrafentheater Erlangen, Southern Germany’s oldest Baroque theatre still in use, and the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

The Erlangen / Nuremberg area is also site of several outstanding festivals. Every year students of the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft organize and host the international performance festival Arena…der jungen Künste. The festival is committed to presenting unfamiliar and innovative work from emerging performance artists. Every two years the internationally renowned Internationales Figurentheaterfestival shows exciting work from the field of puppet, object and visual theatre.

Study Opportunities for Exchange Students

At the Friedrich-Alexander University the academic year is divided into two terms: winter term and summer term (Wintersemester / Sommersemester). Courses are held within the so called “Vorlesungsdauer” from mid-October to mid-March in the winter term and mid-April to mid-July in the summer term. As an exchange student you may either study at the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft for a whole academic year or one semester.

Furthermore, exchange students are free to create the course programme that meets their educational interests and goals. Depending on your level of studies you may choose from all of our courses in either the under graduateor graduate degree programmes. In order to decide on your programme of studies and register for courses, contact our departmental coordinator.

Please be aware that our course programme changes from semester to semester. To ascertain which courses are offered during a given semester, please visit the Online Course Catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis). Please click on “Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie (Phil)” and then on “Theater- und Medienwissenschaft”. All courses are listed according to degree programme and level of studies.

Language Requirements and Learning Opportunities

If not indicated differently all courses, seminars and lectures at the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft are taught in German. However, course assignments and term papers will be accepted in English as well. In order to be admitted, exchange students need to prove that they have completed Level A2 (basic level) of the European Reference Frame in German.

In the context of the DAAD-ISAP exchange programme with the Concordia University Montreal the summer term sees a wide range of English language courses and activities, which are also open for ERASMUS students. Since they are designated individually for each term, please have a look at the programme in the summer term of 2013. Furthermore, exchnage students of the Institute for Theatre and Media Studies are granted access to most programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology, thus including the various English opportunites in other disciplines.

The university offers many opportunities to improve language skills during your stay in Erlangen. During the semester, the University Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) provides a wide range of language courses in German and many other languages. A list of the courses on offer can be found on the Language Centre website. Furthermore, the Central Office of International Affairs organizes an Intensive German Language Course before the beginning of each semester.

Application / Contact

Exchange students need to submit an application form to the Central Office of International Affairs. Application forms must reach the University of Erlangen by the following dates at the latest: May 31st for the following winter term or November 30th for the following summer term.

The application form can be found online here.

If you have any questions concerning studying at the Institut für Theater- und Medienwissenschaft please contact our departmental coordinator: