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International Students Office

The International Office of the Cologne University of Music and Dance advises and supports students interested in studying abroad (outgoings) and exchange students (incomings) in the implementation of the EU scholarship program Erasmus as well as the DAAD scholarship programs Stibet and Promos. 

Heike Gecks and Katja Haus: international-office(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de

    Students can use Erasmus+ to study at a European partner university after completing their first year of study in order to expand their social and cultural skills and improve their career prospects. They learn about the academic system of a foreign university as well as its teaching and learning methods.

    Stays are sponsored in all program countries.

    • academic recognition of credits earned abroad
    • exemption from tuition fees at the host university
    • Support for additional costs incurred abroad
    • Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organizational)
    • Special grants for students with children
    • Special grants for students with disabilities

    The application deadline is 01.03. and applies to applications for both summer and winter semesters.

    It is not possible to apply after the given deadlines.

    Requirements for an application are:

    • regular enrollment at our university
    • Completion of the first year of study
    • Study stay at a partner university with which the home university has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement (interinstitutional agreement)
    • home and host university have a valid Erasmus University Charter (E-CHE)

    Please inform yourself at the partner university in which form you apply for an Erasmus place. The previously standard way of sending paper documents is no longer accepted by most universities.

    Since 2016, the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies des Musique et Musikhochschulen) has been offering an online application portal, in which about 60% of European music universities now participate. This portal is called EASY and will also be used by the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln for the application phase starting in 2019/20.

    Therefore, please submit your application via the online application portal at, unless you clearly find different information on the website of your preferred partner university.

    You can submit a maximum of 3 applications. If the EASY portal of the partner university does not open until a later date and you therefore cannot submit the application documents by 01.03 of a year, send an e-mail to in any case with information about the planned stay abroad, in particular the length/duration and the planned partner universities.

    Thank you for your interest in an Erasmus stay at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

    To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

    • You are a student* of a partner university.
    • You fulfill all legal requirements of the Erasmus program.
    • You have been nominated for the exchange by your university (via EASY).
    • You submit the application documents completely and on time.
    • Winter semester 2022/2023: Applications for a stay in the winter semester 2022/2023 are possible from 01.02.2022 to 15.04.2022. 
      Application deadline: 15.04.2022
    • Winter semester 2022/2023 and summer semester 2023: Applications for a stay in the winter semester 2022/2023 and summer semester 2023 are possible from 01.02.2022 to 15.04.2022. 
      Application deadline: 15.04.2022
    • Summer semester 2023: Applications for a stay in the summer semester 2023 are possible from 15.09.2022 to 15.11.2022. 
      Application deadline: 15.11.2022

    It is not possible to apply after the given deadlines.

    An overview of the study programs can be found at

    The application for a study place in the context of an Erasmus stay at HfMT Cologne is done as an online application.

    Please submit the following documents via the EASY portal 

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcript of Records
    • Learning Agreement
    • Letter of motivation
    • Links to approx. 20 minutes of music recordings (audio and/or video)
    • Proof of German language skills level A2

    The course catalog of the HfMT Cologne can be found here.

    Here you will find important and helpful information for your enrollment.

    Semester fee

    You pay a semester fee at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, which all students in Germany pay. This is not a tuition fee.

    The semester fee consists of the following amounts: Semesterticket (VRS incl. NRW-Ticket), social fees for the Cologne Student Union, AStA contributions for student self-administration, university sports, and social hardship coverage.

    Health insurance

    General information on health insurance for students can be found here.

    Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland who are insured with a statutory health insurance fund in their country of origin can have their health insurance recognized by a statutory health insurance fund in Germany. To do so, contact a statutory German health insurance company, which will report the insured person's status (statutorily or non-statutorily insured) to the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. For this purpose, the health insurance company electronically creates a message "M10", which contains, among other things, information on name, gender, address and date of birth as well as health insurance number and company number of the health insurance company, and sends it to the Hochschule. The sender number of HfMT Cologne is H0000962.

    The major statutory health insurance companies are:

    An overview of all health insurance companies can be found here.

    Living and housing

    Important and helpful information about accommodation can be found at

    If you have any questions or problems, the university's support office will be happy to help you: betreuungsbuero(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de.

    You can contact the Erasmus representative of your department directly if you have any questions regarding your Learning Agreement:

    The obligations and rights of students in the Erasmus+ program are regulated in the "Erasmus+ Student Charter", which you can find attached.