Visiting and guest students

Visiting students

Students from other universities may apply for "visiting student" (Zweithörer) status. Upon approval, they receive permission to attend courses and, in some cases, take degree-relevant examinations. Visiting students are not officially enrolled, but are considered affiliates of the University for the duration of their approved visit without being formally recognised as official "members". There are two status categories of visiting students: "full-time" and "part-time" visiting students.

  • Full-time visiting students

    Full-time visiting students remain enrolled at their first university in a different degree programme. This status entitles you to pursue a second degree at the University of Münster. You may accept a maximum of one study place in an admission-restricted subject. However, your first university cannot be located more than 100 km away from Münster and you may not be on a leave of absence from your first university.

  • Part-time visiting students

    Part-time visiting students are not fully entitled to take examinations and are enrolled in the same degree programme at their first university. You must provide evidence each semester that the course you want to attend is not being offered at your first university during that semester. You are only allowed to attend this one course and complete coursework and examinations in this course. The recognition of your academic achievement is determined by the examinations office where you intend to take your final examination. Part-time visiting students are not allowed to be on a leave of absence from their first university. They are granted visiting student status for a maximum of two semesters for which they are obliged to pay a visiting student fee of 100 euros per semester.

  • Enrolment / application procedures

    Visiting students who wish to participate in non-restricted degree programmes must enrol via the online enrolment portal. To enrol in a non-restricted master's degree programme, you must complete an online application!

    Visiting students who wish to enrol in an admission-restricted degree programme or subject are also required to complete the online application.

    If you are granted admission, please note that you must accept the study place by the indicated deadline!

    Deadlines and dates

    On the first page of the enrolment application, please write by hand (preferably in red pen) which status level you are applying for, i.e. "Full-time visiting student" or "Part-time visiting student".

  • Required documents

    In addition to the documents listed in the application, you must also submit a semester certificate from your first university indicating your desired degree, all your subjects and your total number of semesters (incl. semesters on leave). Proof of health insurance coverage is not required.

    If you wish to enrol in an admission-restricted degree programme, you must provide a certificate from your first university confirming that you are enrolled in a non-restricted degree programme.

    Part-time visiting students are required to provide a hand-signed statement indicating which course exactly they would like to attend at the University of Münster. The respective lecturer must submit a statement agreeing to the student's participation in his/her course. Furthermore, the student must provide evidence (e.g. in the form of a current course catalogue or confirmation from the respective faculty of his/her first university) that the desired course or seminar is not being offered at the first university. 

    Full-time visiting students must submit a hand-signed statement explaining how they intend to pursue two degree programmes at two universities at the same time. A statement by the Dean of Studies confirming the student's eligibility to enrol as a visiting student is also required.

  • Re-registration

    Full-time visiting students are sent an email to their university account in mid-February for the summer semester or mid-August for the winter semester, instructing them to print out the email, sign the bottom half and return it together with a new semester certificate from their first university.

    Part-time visiting students are sent an email to their university account in mid-February for the summer semester or mid-August for the winter semester, instructing them to pay the visiting student fee if they wish to continue their studies at the University of Münster, as well as print out the email, sign the bottom half and return it. They must also send in their new semester certificate and present new evidence that the desired course is not being offered at the first university.

Guest students

If you would like to attend individual courses offered in non-restricted degree programmes without officially enrolling in a regular course of study, we can offer you the possibility of registering as a guest student (Gasthörer).

  • Proof of university entrance qualification is not required in this case. All you have to do is pay a so-called "guest student fee". The current fee is 125 euros per semester.

    Guest students who wish to attend courses in the summer semester must apply between mid-February and the last working day before the first day of classes. Applications for the winter semester should be submitted between mid-August and the last working day before the beginning of classes.

    Please send your application by email or post to the following address:

    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
    Studierendensekretariat
    c/o Herrn Flatken
    Hubert.Flatken@uni-muenster.de
    Schlossplatz 2
    48149 Münster

    List of non-restricted subjects

    • Ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern Cultures
    • China Studies
    • Protestant Theology
    • Geophysics
    • Greek Philology
    • Islamic Theology
    • Catholic Theology
    • Classical and Christian Archaeology
    • Musicology
    • Dutch Studies
    • Physics
    • Scandinavian Studies