Students from other universities may apply for "visiting student" (Zweithörer) status. Upon approval, they receive permission to attend courses and, in some cases, take degree-relevant examinations. Visiting students are not officially enrolled, but are considered affiliates of the University for the duration of their approved visit without being formally recognised as official "members". There are two status categories of visiting students: "full-time" and "part-time" visiting students.
Full-time visiting students
Full-time visiting students remain enrolled at their first university in a different degree programme. This status entitles you to pursue a second degree at the University of Münster. You may accept a maximum of one study place in an admission-restricted subject. However, your first university cannot be located more than 100 km away from Münster and you may not be on a leave of absence from your first university.
Part-time visiting students
Part-time visiting students are not fully entitled to take examinations and are enrolled in the same degree programme at their first university. You must provide evidence each semester that the course you want to attend is not being offered at your first university during that semester. You are only allowed to attend this one course and complete coursework and examinations in this course. The recognition of your academic achievement is determined by the examinations office where you intend to take your final examination. Part-time visiting students are not allowed to be on a leave of absence from their first university. They are granted visiting student status for a maximum of two semesters for which they are obliged to pay a visiting student fee of 100 euros per semester.
Enrolment / application procedures
Visiting students who wish to participate in non-restricted degree programmes must enrol via the online enrolment portal. To enrol in a non-restricted master's degree programme, you must complete an online application!
On the first page of the enrolment application, please write by hand (preferably in red pen) which status level you are applying for, i.e. "Full-time visiting student" or "Part-time visiting student".
In addition to the documents listed in the application, you must also submit a semester certificate from your first university indicating your desired degree, all your subjects and your total number of semesters (incl. semesters on leave). Proof of health insurance coverage is not required.
Part-time visiting students are required to provide a hand-signed statement indicating which course exactly they would like to attend at the University of Münster. The respective lecturer must submit a statement agreeing to the student's participation in his/her course. Furthermore, the student must provide evidence (e.g. in the form of a current course catalogue or confirmation from the respective faculty of his/her first university) that the desired course or seminar is not being offered at the first university.
Full-time visiting students must submit a hand-signed statement explaining how they intend to pursue two degree programmes at two universities at the same time. A statement by the Dean of Studies confirming the student's eligibility to enrol as a visiting student is also required.
Full-time visiting students are sent an email to their university account in mid-February for the summer semester or mid-August for the winter semester, instructing them to print out the email, sign the bottom half and return it together with a new semester certificate from their first university.
Part-time visiting students are sent an email to their university account in mid-February for the summer semester or mid-August for the winter semester, instructing them to pay the visiting student fee if they wish to continue their studies at the University of Münster, as well as print out the email, sign the bottom half and return it. They must also send in their new semester certificate and present new evidence that the desired course is not being offered at the first university.