Start of studies
The Bachelor and Master courses can only be started in the winter semester. The one-year course can also be started in the summer semester.
Arabic and Persian represent the most important technical languages of Islamic theology. The intensive language training creates the necessary basis for the acquisition of the material contents. The language of instruction at the Academy of Islamic Theology is mainly Persian, which is taught intensively during the one-year course. Some events are done in German, English and Arabic.
Standard period of study
The Bachelor course is designed for a standard period of study of eight semesters. It is completed with the bachelor thesis. The maximum duration of study is ten semesters. The Bachelor degree enables students to continue to the consecutive Master's degree.
Occupation & fields of activity
With the course in Islamic theology, the Academy for Islamic Theology strives to train active imams and community leaders in Germany and Europe. In addition to career prospects as theological, religious and community pedagogues as well as educational work in Islamic centers and mosque communities, graduated students still have the opportunity to continue their academic careers through the consecutive Master's degree and then continue research work.
Where and until when can you apply?
Applications in the first semester must be submitted online. The Bachelor course in Islamic theology can only be started in the winter semester. The one-year course can also be started in the summer semester. Enrollment period:
for the summer semester: anytime
for the winter semester: June 1st. – June 15th.
What admission requirements do I have to meet?
At first, you must have a valid university entrance qualification to receive the Bachelor degree. However, this is not a mandatory requirement for admission. The Fachabitur (Germany) and foreign university entrance qualifications are also accepted. You must also master at least one European language, both spoken and written.
A Bachelor's degree is required for the Master course.
Do I have to master a second language apart from one European language?
Language skills in classical Arabic and Persian must be demonstrated during the course. These enable you to read classic and modern theology-related texts and to understand and observe the rules of the Quranic recitation. For students without or with a lack of Persian language skills, the course initially provides an intensive introduction to Persian language, which takes place as part of the one-year course.
How does the application and admission process work?
German citizens with German certificates (general higher education entrance qualification) apply directly to the Academy for Islamic Theology. The same applies to international applicants with German certificates. The study places are allocated in accordance with the award regulations of the Academy for Islamic Theology. The award procedure is broken down into the main and subsequent procedures. During the application phase, applications can be sent to the student secretariat of the Academy for Islamic Theology from June 15th to September 15th. The move-up procedure regularly follows the dates in the main procedure. As soon as the matriculation phase in the main procedure has been completed and the received matriculation documents have been checked, the move-up procedure begins. The process of moving up usually ends at the beginning of the lecture period.
I study abroad. Can I change my place of study?
In principle, a change of study location is possible for every student who meets the admission requirements of the AIT.
Will my course achievements count towards a change of study location?
If a student changes from the Islamic Theological University or Al-Mustafa University to his place of study, he or she must be certified by the administration of all the competencies that have already been fully tested. The certified academic achievements are credited when you move to the Academy of Islamic Theology.
Can I study Islamic theology as a distance learning course?
At the Academy for Islamic Theology, only on-site, classroom studies are possible.
What types of housing do I have?
Students have the opportunity to move into the student apartments provided by the AIT. In addition, students are free to move into an apartment in the vicinity of the Academy at their own expense.
Can I start part-time studies?
Part-time studies on site are also possible at the Academy for Islamic Theology.
Will I be able to gain experience abroad?
Yes, the course plan includes an annual six-week study visit to a partner university in Iran.
Can I apply to an AIT BaföG (schoolarship) as a registered student?
The Academy for Islamic Theology is not a public or State-recognized university. As a result, students enrolled at the AIT are not entitled to BaföG (scholarship)
Am I entitled to housing benefit?
Students are only entitled to housing benefit if there is no longer a basic entitlement to BAföG. This is the case for enrolled students at the Academy for Islamic Theology.
Do I have to pay tuition fees at AIT?
Like almost all universities and colleges, there is also a tuition fee to be paid at the AIT. Further information will be announced shortly.
Are there any scholarships?
Students enrolled at the Academy for Islamic Theology are fundamentally entitled to a scholarship which religious foundations grant them.
How should I finance myself without a BAföG and a scholarship?
At AIT, special emphasis is placed on coordinating the degree program in such a way that the time spent on performing a part-time job is taken into account. This aspect is even seen as a necessary part of the course, since the pursuit of a profession includes, in addition to financial freedom, many self-educational aspects.
Therefore, AIT also helps with job placement for students.