As an exchange student, how long can I stay?
One or two semesters. For the precise term dates, see the "academic calendar" information above.
What level can exchange students study at?
Bachelor's and Master's level.
Which fees do I have to pay?
All students, including exchange students, have to pay a "social contribution" for student services and the "semester ticket" (public transport) of approx. € 290 per semester.
What are the options for student housing?
For questions concerning accommodation in Münster, please follow the advice given by the International Office.
What is the full-time workload?
Normally, c.30 ECTS credits per semester.
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 June; the one for the summer term is usually published in December .
If you are an Erasmus student, please contact your departmental Erasmus coordinator for further information on lectures and credits.
Do you accept students from other subject areas than the ones specified in the formal Erasmus exchange agreements?
As a general rule, this may be possible. Please contact the Exchange Student Service beforehand.
Which courses are available to Erasmus students?
Sometimes, the English Department offers special courses for exchange students. In other cases, we are able to integrate exchange students into courses that are also open to local students. In general, we try to offer students considerable leeway to define their own study targets and follow their personal interests. However, as the number of students in some courses is limited, no student (whether from Münster or from an exchange programme like Erasmus) can be guaranteed the right to attend a specific course.
Further information on course availability can be found on our info sheets for incoming exchange students.
Please contact the English Department's exchange student advisor, Ms Amrei Sander, to discuss your study plan and learning agreement before you join any classes.
Course choices in other departments are to be coordinated with the respective student advisors there.
Are there special activities for Erasmus students?
Yes. The Erasmus team organises several Erasmus activities during the whole academic year, such as excursions, parties, an Erasmus cinema and a European Dinner. Further information is available on the website of Erasmus Münster e.V.
Is there an orientation week for new students?
The Exchange Student Service offers an International Welcome Week.
In addition, our Department’s M.A. programmes have their own Orientation Week for both domestic and international students at the start of their 1st semester.
How many ECTS credits can I get per course?
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.
What are the arrangements for 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.
This differentiated grading scale is not used for all courses / assignments, however. Sometimes we only distinguish between “pass” or “fail” grades.
If you are an exchange student need a grade even where our local students only need a “pass” or “fail”, please contact your course teacher; normally we can arrange for a differentiated grade on request.