Studying in Germany is a great possibility to improve one’s German language skills. Exchange students should bear in mind, however, that most of the courses at the University are taught in German. Only a few lectures and seminars are held in English. That is why international students should prepare well and acquire solid language skills before and during their stay at the WWU. This is especially important for international degree-seeking students.
Students have the possibility to take free language courses at the WWU Language Centre both before and during their stay in Münster. Please consult the coordinators of the Department of Psychology if you have any questions.
Living in Münster / Finding a place to stay
The WWU is one of the largest universities in Germany. More than 55 000 students live in Münster, which is why it can be difficult to find an apartment. Especially at the beginning of the semester, the demand for housing is very high. Because of that we recommend that you start looking for a place to live already some months before your stay.
Note: The WWU has one hall of residence reserved for exchange students: Due to the limited number of rooms, you should apply as early as possible.
Students of the ERASMUS programme usually do not require a visa (exception: Turkey). There is a visa requirement for students from all other countries, which means that it is recommended to apply for a study visa early enough before your stay. A letter of admission is required for that, which is issued and sent to your home university by the WWU International Office. Please contact the German embassy of your home country to apply for the visa. Click here for an overview of the diplomatic representations of Germany.
If you come from a country for which a visa is required and you are interested in staying in Germany for a longer period of time, you need to register at the Citizens Office of the town of Münster and potentially also at the Foreigners’ Registration Office.
Checklist – Erasmus Exchange students
- Contact the ERASMUS coordinator of your home university and apply for an ERASMUS place
- Get nominated by your home university
- Apply at the International Office of the WWU
- Get into contact with the Erasmus coordinator of the Department of Psychology for more information and to discuss your course selection
- Find a place to live in Münster
- Plan your travel to Münster
- Take part in the “Welcome-Week” and visit the International Office to register as a student at the WWU and to sign your data sheet
- Optional: Book your sports courses at the “Hochschulsport”
- Optional: Get a bike in Münster
- Optional: Try your first meal in one of the dining halls
- Optional: Walk around the Aasee, visit the botanical garden and Münster’s trendy former port area…
Degree-seeking students and free-movers should contact the International Office of the WWU for more information.