• Before your departure

    For your start at the University of Münster, we have compiled some useful information and tips in two brochures (that you may download here) and on the following websites.


    Visa
    Arriving by plane
    Arriving by train/bus
    Living in Münster
    Costs and financing

    Visa
    Depending on your home country, a visa will be necessary to enter Germany. International students need a visa for studying (lanuage course applicants may apply for a study visa including study preparatory puroses) – a tourist visa is not enough. For the visa application you need a letter of admission for a degree programme (or the preparatory German language course) and evidence of sufficient financial resources (currently approx. €8640 for the first year). Please apply well in advance for your visa at the German Embassy in your home country. The visa application process might take several months. German Embassies can provide more information on matters relating to visas.
    German Embassies and Consulates

    Arriving by plane
    The Münster/Osnabrück airport is only 30 km away from the centre of Münster. A shuttle bus connects the airport with the city’s main railway station. The Münster/Osnabrück airport can be reached from numerous international airports.
    The Münster/Osnabrück airport
    Shuttle buses from the airport to the city centre 

    Arriving by train / bus
    If you come by train you’ll find bus-stops right in front of the main railway station. From there buses go to all parts of the city. Bus timetables can be obtained from Münster Public Services (Stadtwerke Münster).
    German Railways (Deutsche Bahn): timetables and fares
    Münster Public Services: bus timetable

    Living in Münster
    You can apply online for a place in a hall of residence run by the Students Support Services. The Students Support Services website provides further information on the interior details, locations and costs of rooms and single apartments in individual halls. You should apply early in advance for a room in the student halls since there currently are long waiting lists. Accomodation (rooms, single apartments or rooms in shared flats) is also available in the private sector.
    Students Support Services
    Accommodation

    Costs and financing
    A good education costs money, and so does a university degree. A basic principle is that all students are themselves responsible for financing their studies. At the University of Münster, currently no tuition fees are charged. However, students must pay the so-called "semester fee" of currently EUR 270 and cover all costs of living. It is also possible to get financial assistance. International students from Switzerland and EU countries may under certain circumstances receive financial support – a student grant – on the basis of the so-called BAföG Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). Stateless applicants, members of certain groups of refugees, people entitled to asylum and spouses of German nationals are (under certain circumstances) also eligible for such grants. Moreover, some German institutions award scholarships to students with excellent academic achievement.
    Further information on costs and financing

  • In Münster

    As soon as you have arrived in Münster, you should complete several tasks to ensure your arrival in Münster goes smoothly. You can find a checklist of all relevant tasks in our information flyers below:

    Information flyer for

    International first-year-students - after your arrival in Münster

    Getting started - After your arrival - WS 17/18 - first-year-students

    DSH-language course participants - after your arrival in Münster
    Getting started - After your arrival - WS 17/18 - DSH language course participants


    Bank account
    Health insurance
    Registering your domicile
    Residence permit
    Liability insurance
    TV and radio licence fee in Germany
    Discounts
    Bicycles
    Sport and culture
    Student jobs

    Bank account
    Anyone who studies in Germany must open a bank account in Germany. This is the only way that regular payments such as rent, students fees etc. can be remitted on time. The requirement for opening a bank account is a permanent address in Germany. Also, a passport or identity card must be presented, along with your notification of admission from the university.  

    Health insurance
    You must provide evidence of adequate health insurance before you can enrol at Münster University. Students who are nationals of EU countries or of countries belonging to the European Economic Area must bring their European health insurance card (EHIC) with them when they enrol in order for their health insurance to be recognized in Germany. Public health insurances for some other states are also acknowledged in Germany. Students from countries outside Europe must take out additional health insurance in Germany, which costs around €70-80 per month for students. Please find more information in our brochures under "Before you arrive" and on the DAAD's information pages 

    General information on Germany's health care system can also be found in this "Health dictionary" (published by "Deutsches Studierendenwerk")

    Registering your domicile
    Everyone who lives in Germany must register their domicile at the relevant Citizens Office (Bürgerbüro) – i. e. the one at the place of residence. This is a legal requirement in Germany. You should register within a week of moving into your new address, bringing the following documents with you:

    • Identity card or passport
    • Registration form (can be downloaded from the Citizens Office website)
    • Verification of your new address e.g. your rental agreement

    The Münster University International Office can help you if you have any questions.
    Münster Citizens Office
    Münster University International Office

    Residence permit
    Your visa is only an initial permit for entering Germany and is valid for 30 days as a rule. International students who need a visa to enter Germany must therefore apply for a residence permit as soon as possible at the Münster Citizens Office (Ausländerbehörde) once they are in Germany. For more information, please refer to the Ausländerbehörde im Rechts- und Ausländeramt

    TV and radio licence fees in Germany
    In Germany, all households have to pay a fee for the public TV and radio channels and their online media offer. Students may be exempt from this fee under certain conditions. More information: TV and radio fee [de]

    Liability insurance
    It can happen so easily: a moment’s carelessness and the book or the camera you borrowed is damaged. If you have no liability insurance, you have to pay for the damage you caused – and that can be expensive. It’s best to protect yourself by taking out liability insurance, which covers all damage done to other people or their property through carelessness. Each insurance company will give you a different quotation, so it’s worth comparing. When you take out insurance, make sure that the cover provided does not run for longer than your stay in Germany is due to last.

    Discounts
    Your students ID card often enables you to get discounts. This can apply to subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, theatre, cinema and concert tickets and exhibitions, tours and other cultural and sporting activities. So if you’re not sure, always ask – it’ll probably be worth it!

    Bicycles
    You can’t get by without a bicycle in Münster – it’s the number 1 in means of transport in the city. And … many bike shops sell good-quality used bicycles which are, naturally, cheaper than new ones. Reasonably priced bicycles are also offered for sale in the small ads in the weekly journal “nadann”.
    'nadann' website

    Sport and culture
    The Münster University Sport offers courses in over 100 different types of sport every semester – from volleyball, badminton, swimming and yoga to exotic sports such as capoeira and underwater rugby.
    Münster University Sport (HSP)

    The university also has a lot to offer on the cultural side. There are numerous choirs, orchestras and ensembles, theatre groups, cultural associations and a campus radio. Exhibitions, concerts and readings also take place regularly. Information on student life and the various clubs and associations at the university can be found at.
    Living in Münster

    Student jobs
    There are special regulations covering international students who want to work. You can only work a limited number of hours parallel to your studies, depending on which country you come from. (Language course participants may only work during the semester vacations). Students from outside the EU / EER  are currently allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days per year. Your semester certificate and your residence permit together represent a “work permit”. For Students from within the EU / EER there are currently no legal restrictions. You also need a tax number – which can be ordered from the local tax office – as well as a social insurance number, which you can get from your health insurance fund. 
    Local tax office Münster Innenstadt
    Ausländerbehörde im Rechts- und Ausländeramt

  • Beginning your studies


    Map and A-Z of institutions and facilities
    Student fees and social service contributions
    Semester travel ticket
    Re-registration
    Introductory events
    Libraries
    Lecture list
    Examinations
    Internet and e-mail
    Photocopies and scans
    Student canteens
    Semester and vacation dates
    “The academic quarter“
    Costs and financing

    Map and A-Z of institutions and facilities
    Münster is not a campus university. The university’s institutions are spread all over the city. The online map of the university will help you to find your way around. The A-Z showing all the university’s institutions and facilities also provides useful contact data.
    Uni A-Z
    Map of Münster University


    Student fees and social service contributions
    Every student currently pays a service charge of around €270 per semester. This includes, amongst other things, the cost of the so-called semester travel ticket, which entitles students to free travel on local public transport within North Rhine-Westphalia for that semester.            
    Social service contribution: how much?

    Semester travel ticket
    Students at Münster University receive a semester travel ticket which can be used not only for the city’s buses, but also for regional trains and buses within North-Rhine Westphalia. Major cities in the region such as Osnabrück, Dortmund, Bielefeld and Enschede (Netherlands) are within easy reach of Münster. The travel ticket is only valid in conjunction with an official form of identification such as an identity card or a passport
    Information on where the semester travel ticket is valid

    Re-registration
    At the beginning of every further semester that you want to study at Münster University, you have to re-register. This means that the service charge and student fee have to be paid within a certain period, the so-called re-registration period. You will be automatically notified by e-mail of the beginning of the re-registration period.
    Information on re-registration

    Introductory events
    Various WWU institutions (such as our International Centre "Die Brücke", the rectorate, the student representative bodies for each subject at the university and the departments) organize introductory events at the beginning of each semester – mostly in the week before lectures begin. During these events a lot of questions on the organization and content of subjects are answered – and they are also a good opportunity to meet other students. The dates of these introductory events are published shortly beforehand on the websites of the Student Advisory and Counselling Centre (ZSB).
    Information on the dates of the introductory meetings

    Information on introductory meetings at our International Centre "Die Brücke"



    Libraries
    After you have enrolled at Münster University, you have access to a large number of libraries. The University Library website gives a list of all Institute and Department libraries  
    List of all Institute and Department libraries
    University Library website

    Lecture list
    The web-based lecture list includes a complete list of the classes offered for that semester.
    Lecture list

    Examinations
    Registration for examinations in most of the new Bachelor and Master degree courses is done online via Münster University's so-called QISPOS portal.
    Please note the individual deadlines in each case.
    QISPOS portal
    Information on examinations

    Internet and e-mail
    After enrolment each student receives a personal e-mail address and access to the University’s intranet from the IT Centre (ZIV) at Münster University. The IT Centre also offers all students a virus scanner and a firewall which can be downloaded free of charge.
    Information for new students

    Photocopies and scans
    There are photocopiers and scanners at many places within the university, in particular in the libraries. Each photocopy (A4) costs 4 cents and is paid for via the chip card which is also used for paying in the student canteens and bistros (see “student canteens”). This student canteen card (Mensa Card) costs ten euros and is directly credited with five euros.

    Student canteens
    There are refectories, bistros and cafés all over the city, run by the Student Support Services. Meals are reasonably priced; payment is by the Mensa Card, which can be bought at the check-out of the refectories e.g at Lake Aa and am Ring. The Mensa Cards can be topped up again and again at special terminals. The Mensa Card costs ten euros and is directly credited with five euros.
    Students Association refectories and bistros

    Semester and vacation dates
    The academic year in Germany is divided into two semesters. The winter semester begins officially on October 1, and examinations in the winter semester take place in the first two weeks of February. The summer semester starts officially on April 1, and examinations in the summer semester take place at the end of July.
    Semester and vacation dates

    'The academic quarter'
    At Münster University teaching (seminars, lectures etc.) begins a quarter of an hour later than indicated in the lecture list. This is called 'cum tempore' (c.t.). If a lecture or seminar is marked 'sine tempore' (s.t.), this means that it starts on time.

    Costs and financing
    A good education costs money, and so does a university degree. A basic principle is that all students are themselves responsible for financing their studies. At the University of Münster, currently no tuition fees are charged. However, students must pay the so-called "semester fee" of currently EUR 270 and cover all costs of living. It is also possible to get financial assistance. International students from Switzerland and EU countries may under certain circumstances receive financial support – a student grant – on the basis of the so-called BAföG Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). Stateless applicants, members of certain groups of refugees, people entitled to asylum and spouses of German nationals are (under certain circumstances) also eligible for such grants. Moreover, some German institutions award scholarships to students with excellent academic achievement.    

    Further information on costs and financing


    In well-founded circumstances the Students Union Executive Committee (AStA) grants financial subsidies to international students who find themselves in acute financial distress. Applications for support can be made to the Foreign Students Representative Body (ASV) or at the AStA Social Advice Centre. After a discussion with the applicant, the application is forwarded to the awards committee of the student parliament for its decision. During examination periods the AStA also grants interest-free loans to students who have no other way of financing their studies. As a rule the loan is granted in the final six months before completion of studies. The maximum amount granted is 3,480 euros, in six instalments of 580 euros each.
    The AStA at Münster University