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FAQs

General questions

1. Where can I find information about courses, study requirements, aptitude tests etc.?
2. When is the application deadline for the aptitude tests?
3. When do the aptitude tests take place?
4. Where and when can I apply to take the aptitude test?
5. How much does the aptitude test cost?
6. Can I send my application materials by email?
7. What is the language of instruction at the University of Music?
8. How can I prepare for the tests in the theoretical mandatory subjects “Music Theory” and “Aural Training” (for bachelor’s candidates only)?
9. Can I enrol in a graduate-level degree programme (master’s degree, concert examination, music certificate programme) even if I haven’t earned a first-level professional qualification?
10. How can I withdraw my request to take the aptitude test? Will it mean that the test will be marked “failed”?
11. How often can I take the aptitude test?
12. Do I have to specify my choice of instructor?
13. May I change my choice of instructor or specify it at a later time?
14. Can I study music without an Abitur (or equivalent university entrance qualification)?
15. I’m currently taking my Abitur exams. Can I submit my Abitur certificate after the application deadline?
16. I missed the application deadline. What can I do?
17. Does the university offer preparatory courses for the aptitude test?
18. What do they mean by a “repertory list” indicated on the application for admission to the aptitude test?

Questions about language skills

19. What language certificate is required?
20. Do I have to take a language examination as part of the aptitude test?
21. When do I have to present a language certificate?

Questions about examination procedures

22. Where can I find information about the requirements of the examination programme that I’ll have to present?
23. Will I be assigned an accompanist/correpetitor for the aptitude test?
24. May I bring along my own accompanist to the aptitude test?
25. What must I keep in mind on the day of the examination?
26. In what sequence are the major subject, minor subject and theoretical examinations administered?
27. How can I find out whether I passed the aptitude test in the major subject and whether I’ll have to subsequently take the minor subject examinations?
28. How do I find out whether I received a study place?
29. I received my notification of admission. How do I enrol?
30. Does the Münster University of Music recognise academic achievement obtained elsewhere?
31. How can I apply to enrol at a higher semester?
32. Do I have to enrol even if I’m already enrolled as a student at the University of Münster (WWU)?
33. How much is the cost of tuition?

General questions

1. Where can I find information about courses, study requirements, aptitude tests etc.?
You can find information about our courses, study requirements, aptitude test etc. here.

2. When is the application deadline for the aptitude tests?
The application deadline for the aptitude tests is 15 April. All degree programmes begin on 1 October. Candidates are required to apply via the online portal.

3. When do the aptitude tests take place?
The exact dates of the aptitude tests are listed here.

4. Where and when can I apply to take the aptitude test?
You can apply via the online portal starting in mid-February. Please find the exact dates and additional information on our homepage.

5. How much does the aptitude test cost?
In order to take part in the aptitude test, a procedural fee of € 43 applies. The procedural fee must be paid per course / main subject. Should you for example apply for two or three courses, you are obliged to pay the procedural fee twice or three times. The link for registering for payment will be sent to you by email with the confirmation that your online application was completed successfully.

6. Can I send my application materials by email?
No, please upload your application documents in the upload area of the online portal by April 15th.

7. What is the language of instruction at the University of Music?
All courses are taught in German.

8. How can I prepare for the tests in the theoretical mandatory subjects “Music Theory” and “Aural Training” (for bachelor’s candidates only)?
You can find sample tests for the music theory examinations (General Music Theory and Aural Training) here.

9. Can I enrol in a graduate-level degree programme (master’s degree, concert examination, music certificate programme) even if I haven’t earned a first-level professional qualification?
No, that is not possible. To apply for admission to a graduate-level programme, you must submit a first-level professional qualification (i.e. undergraduate degree certificate) by mid-September at the latest.

10. How can I withdraw my request to take the aptitude test? Will it mean that the test will be marked “failed”?
You can withdraw from the aptitude test by sending us an email with your applicant number (which is automatically assigned to you after registering via the online portal). If you do not officially withdraw, your aptitude test will be marked “failed”, and you will only have two more chances to take it.

11. How often can I take the aptitude test?
You can apply to take the aptitude test twice for the same degree programme. For more information, read the respective aptitude test regulations [de].

12. Do I have to specify my choice of instructor?
No, you don’t, but it is preferable. You can find the names of all the instructors here.

13. May I change my choice of instructor or specify it at a later time?
Yes, you may change or inform us of your choice of instructor up to two weeks prior to the aptitude testing period via email.

14. Can I study music without an Abitur (or equivalent university entrance qualification)?
Yes, you can gain admission without having a university entrance qualification (as defined in the NRW Higher Education Act, HG § 66 1-4) if you achieve at least 22 points on your aptitude test for the artistic major subject.
However, the University of Music generally requires candidates to hold a university entrance qualification. An admissions committee decides on the allocation of study places based on those candidates who have passed the aptitude test.

15. I’m currently taking my Abitur exams. Can I submit my Abitur certificate after the application deadline?
Yes. If you do not have your certificate at the time of application, you must submit a declaration confirming the anticipated conclusion of your Abitur.

16. I missed the application deadline. What can I do?
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to apply for admission after the application deadline. You are welcome to apply next year within the prescribed application period.

17. Does the university offer preparatory courses for the aptitude test?
Yes, if you are interested in applying for admission to a bachelor’s programme, you can participate in a preparatory course in the subjects „General Music Theory“ and „Aural Training“ (participation fee: 100 euros). You will receive detailed information about the preparatory course with your invitation to participate in the aptitude test.

18. What do they mean by a “repertory list” indicated on the application for admission to the aptitude test?
A repertory list is an overview of all the works you have played during your musical education. We ask candidates applying for admission to the concert examination to bring a repertory list with them to the aptitude test.

Questions about language skills

19. What language certificate is required?
We require candidates to provide proof of German language proficiency if they have not obtained their university entrance qualification (secondary school-leaving certificate, e.g. Abitur) at a German-language institution:

•  B2 certificate from the Goethe-Institut
•  B2 certificate from "TELC" with a grade of at least "gut" (good, 2.0)
•  DSH 1
•  TestDaF with 3 points in all subsections
•  DSD II with B2 level in all four sections ("Deutsches Sprachdiplom")
•  OnDaF B2

Those applying for admission to the concert examination or the music certificate programme with an additional elective module are not required to present a language certificate.

20. Do I have to take a language examination as part of the aptitude test?
If you did not receive your university entrance qualification at a German-language institution, you must provide one of the required certificates confirming your German language proficiency. If you cannot obtain such a certificate by the application deadline, you may take a written and, if applicable, oral German language exam as part of the aptitude test.

21. When do I have to present a language certificate?
The language certificate must be uploaded in the upload area of the online portal by April 15th. If you do not have a valid B2 language certificate by then, you will automatically take a written and, if necessary, oral language test as part of the aptitude test.

Questions about examination procedures

22. Where can I find information about the requirements of the examination programme that I’ll have to present?
You can find information about the programme and the corresponding requirements here.

23. Can I be assigned an piano accompanist for the aptitude test?
Yes, this is possible and can be specified in the online application. In principle, the program of the works performed for all major subjects during the aptitude test must be entered in the online portal by April 15th (except for the major subject Pop-Vocals, 1st round). In individual cases, the accompanying notes will be requested by email. You will be notified of this in a timely manner. Regardless of this, all notes / lead sheets for all major subjects must be submitted on the day of the aptitude test.

24. May I bring along my own accompanist to the aptitude test?
Yes, all applicants are permitted to bring along their own accompanist.

25. What must I keep in mind on the day of the examination?
On your exam day, you arrive at the University of Music at the time stated in the invitation e-mail. It is absolutely necessary that you bring a valid passport / identity card with you. After checking that you are present at the University of Music, you will be assigned the exam or rehearsal room.

26. In what sequence are the major subject, minor subject and theoretical examinations administered?
You will find the sequence of the examinations you will have to take here under the heading “Sections of the Aptitude Test”.

27. How do I know whether I passed the aptitude test in the major subject?
You will receive the result by email shortly after you have completed the test in the respective major.

28. How do I find out whether I received a study place?
The allocation of study places occurs at the end of the entire aptitude testing phase. The results of your aptitude test are sent to you via email.

29. I received my notification of admission. How do I enrol?
You will find important information and the necessary steps for enrolment in your notification letter.

30. Does the Münster University of Music recognise academic achievement obtained elsewhere?
Previous academic achievement can be recognised upon request and in consultation with the degree programme coordinators of the University of Music on the basis of submitted documentation, certificates etc.

31. How can I apply to enrol at a higher semester?
If you are granted admission, we will inform you in advance about how to request placement at a higher semester.

32. Do I have to enrol even if I’m already enrolled as a student at the University of Münster (WWU)?
Students who are already enrolled at WWU do not have to re-enroll online. The transfer takes place in person in the student office (Studierendensekretariat) of the WWU Münster, Schlossgarten 3, 48149 Münster. To do this, you will need your letter of admission and a certificate of transfer, which you will receive from the study office / examination office of the University of Music.

33. How much is the cost of tuition?
Students are required to pay the regular semester fee of 300 euros. This fee covers the cost of the semester ticket, with which you can use all public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia for free. For more information about what services are included in the semester fee at the University of Münster, please visit the website of the Student Admissions Office.