International Students
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Information for International Students

Here are some guidelines which may prove useful when you prepare for your study period in Münster.

Contact information
General information/links
Frequently asked questions

Contact information:

The student advisor Amrei Sander  is responsible for general questions on studying English in Münster.

Amrei Sander
Student advisor | Research assistant
English Department, Johannisstraße 12-20
48143 Münster, Germany
Tel.:  +49 (0)251 83 2 56 11
Office hours

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

Münster University's International Office can provide you with useful information on all practical aspects of student life, such as counselling, studying, extracurricular activities and accommodation.

International Office
Schlossplatz 3
48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-22215
Fax: +49 251 83-22226

 General information:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Addresses and contact persons
General information
Studying English Language and Literature

Addresses and contact persons

A) Münster University's Central 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
48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-22215
Fax: +49 251 83-22226

International Student Centre "Die Brücke"
Wilmergasse 2
D-48143 Münster
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 students can be found on the website of the International Office. If you have any further questions that are not answered on that website, you may address one of their contact persons.

Checklist for International Students:

Checklist nonEU

Checklist EU

Academic calendar

The academic year is divided into two terms (semesters). In the winter semester, teaching starts in October, and exams usually take place in February. In the summer semester, teaching starts in April, and exams usually take place in July. The exact term dates change from year to year.
The current academic calendar can be found at
All courses at the English Department are taught through the medium of English. In other departments, however, the language of instruction is usually German, though some courses there may also be offered in English and other languages.


All students, including exchange students, have to pay a "social contribution" for student facilities and the "Semester ticket" (public transport) of approx. 290 € per semester.

Student housing

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

Language courses

Münster University offers intensive German language courses for exchange students at the beginning of the term, as well as a large variety of German courses during the term.
Information on, and application forms for, the intensive German language courses will be sent to all incoming Erasmus students, either with the letter of acceptance or via e-mail.
For general information, see the
website of the University's Language Centre

Where can I find the course catalogue?

To access the course catalogue ("Vorlesungsverzeichnis"), please click here.

The course catalogue for the winter term is usually published in August, the course catalogue for the summer term is usually published in February.

Please 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 teaching: approx. 2-nd week of October
End of teaching: approx. 1st week of February

Are there courses taught in English for Erasmus students?

Most courses at the English Department are taught through the medium of English. There are no special 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  the website of Erasmus Münster e.V. 

Are there language courses for Erasmus students?

Yes. The University's  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 accept students from other subject areas than the ones agreed in the Erasmus exchange agreement?

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

Is there a restricted range of courses available to Erasmus students? Please indicate whichever restriction there may be.

There are no particular restrictions for Erasmus students.
However, as the number of students in some seminars and lectures is limited, no student (whether from Münster or from an exchange program like Erasmus) can be guaranteed the right to attend a specific course.
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. The winter term runs from 1 October to 31 March, and the summer term runs from 1 April to 30 September.

Exception: Language courses start approx. 2 weeks before the term. German language courses are offered at the  University's 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


Full-time 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 Sander, before you join any classes.

Assessments and grading

The assessment methods vary and may include written exams, oral exams, essays, reports, term projects, or group work. Exams are normally scheduled for the last week of teaching, mid-term papers are due before Christmas or Pentecost breaks, end-of-term papers are due within 4 weeks of the subsequent term break.

The German grading system is based on a scale from 1 to 5: 1 = excellent, 2 = good, 3 = satisfactory,  4 = pass, 5 = fail

Lecture courses are generally ungraded.


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


The Exchange Student Service, Schlossplatz 3, Mail: will help you with all the formalities.

Further help is available at the University's international student centre "Die Brücke" ('The Bridge'), Wilmergasse 2
Phone: +49 – (0)251 – 832 22 28
Fax +49 – (0)251 – 832 22  19

Prospective students can also find information on a range of issues (e.g. working, bank accounts etc.) on the website of the University's  International Office.