Frequently asked questions International students


Addresses and contact persons
General information
Studying English Language and Literature

Addresses and contact persons

A) Central Office at the Westf. Wilhelms-University of Münster: International Office

All information and forms needed for admission and accommodation can be found on the websites of the International Office.

International Office
-Internationalisierung von Lehre und Studium-
Schlossplatz 3
D - 48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-222 15
Fax: +49 251 83-222 26

International Students Centre "Die Brücke"
Wilmergasse 2
D-4843 Muenster
Open Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. – 23 p.m.
Phone: +49 251 83-222 29 



B) English Department

Englisches Seminar
Johannisstr. 12-20
48143 Münster       
Phone: +49 (0) 251 83 2 45 00
Fax: +49 (0) 251 83 2 46 45

Erasmus Coordinator:
Ms Silja Fehn


Administration / Study Abroad and International Student Advisor:
Ms Amrei Sander

The English Department is in building #14 on the university campus map.


General information

Application information for international exchange students can be found on the website of the International Office. See the following page for further information.

Checklist for International Students:

Checklist nonEU

Checklist EU

Academic calendar

The academic year is divided in two terms. The winter term starts in October, exams usually take place in February. The summer term starts in April, exams usually take place in July. Exact term dates change from year to year.
The current academic calendar can be found at
The language of instruction is German in most study programmes – occassionally, lectures are offered in English and other languages. The courses at the English Department are offered in English.


All students, including exchange students, have to pay a "social contribution" for student facilities and the "Semester ticket" (public transport) of approx. 220 € per semester.

Student housing

In questions concerning accomodation in Münster, please follow the advice given by the International Office and the Student Registrar’s Office.

 Language courses

The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster offers Intensive German Language Courses for exchange students at the beginning of the term and a large variety of German courses during the term.
Information and application forms for the intensive German Language Courses will be send to all incoming ERASMUS students either with the letter of acceptance or via e-mail.
For general information:
Website of the University Language Centre

Where can I find the course catalogue?

The course catalogue – „Vorlesungsverzeichnis”
The course catalogue for the winter term is usually published in August, the course catalogue for the summer term is usually published in February.
Contact your departmental ERASMUS coordinator for further information on lectures and credits.

When does the winter term - "Wintersemester" - start and end?

Start of term: 1st of October / End of term: 31st of March
Start of lectures: approx. 2 nd week of October
End of lectures: approx. 1st week of February

Are there courses taught in English for ERASMUS students?

Most courses at the English Department are taught in English. There are no extra courses for ERASMUS students. Please make sure to acquire some German skills before you come to Münster or concentrate on language courses at our university.

Are there special activities for ERASMUS students?

Yes. The ERASMUS team organises several ERASMUS activities during the whole academic year, for example excursions, parties, an ERASMUS cinema and a European Dinner. Further information is available at

Are there language courses for Erasmus students?

Yes. The University Language Centre offers an Intensive German Language Course for exchange students at the beginning of the term and a large variety of German courses during the term. Further Information and an application form will be sent to all incoming ERASMUS students.

Are you able to receive students from other subject areas instead of the ones agreed in the ERASMUS Exchange Agreement?

As a general rule, this may be possible. Please contact the Exchange Student Service beforehand.

Is the choice of courses restricted for ERASMUS students? Please indicate whichever restriction there may be.

There are no particular restrictions for ERASMUS students.
As the number of students in some seminars and lectures is limited, there is no specific right to take a certain course neither for Münster students nor for ERASMUS students.
Contact your departmental ERASMUS coordinator in Münster to arrange for your study plan and learning agreement beforehand.

Studying English Language and Literature

Period of exchange

One or two semesters: Winter Term: October 1 to March 31; Summer Term: April 1 to September 30
Exception: Language courses start approx. 2 weeks before the term. German language courses are offered at the "Language Centre / Sprachenzentrum". Admission to courses is handled by the Exchange Student Service.
For exact dates check the Academic Calendar of the Language Centre:

Orientation week

The Exchange Student Service offers an International Welcome Week.

Language of Instruction at the English Department   


Level of study


Fulltime workload

60 ECTS credits

Choices of classes / Areas of concentration

You may define your own study targets and follow your personal interests; second subjects are to be coordinated with the respective student advisors. Admission is up to the teachers and the availability of places – please make sure you see your exchange student advisor, Ms Manoutchehri before you join any classes.


The assessment methods vary and may include written exams, oral exams, essays, reports, term projects, group work. Exams are normally scheduled for the last week of teaching, mid-term papers are due before Christmas or Pentecost breaks, term papers are due within 4 weeks of the subsequent vacation.
The German Grading system is based on a scale from 1 to 6: 1 = excellent, 2 = good, 3 = satisfactory,  4 = pass, 5+6 = fail grades
Lectures are generally ungraded!



ERASMUS students receive 5 ECTS for each sucessfully passed class. It may be possible to achieve extra credit through extra assignments – please ask the respective professor or teacher!


The Exchange Student Service, Schlossplatz 3, Mail: will help you with all the formalities.
Help is found at the International Centre of the University "Die Brücke", Wilmergasse 2
Phone: +49 – (0)251 – 832 22 28
Fax +49 – (0)251 – 832 22  19
More information for prospective students to different aspects (working, bank accounts etc.) can be found on the Homepages of the  International Office.