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International Office

The International Office of the University of Music and Dance Cologne advises and supports HfMT students interested in studying abroad (outgoings) and exchange students (incomings) in the implementation of the EU scholarship programme Erasmus+ as well as the DAAD scholarship programmes STIBET and PROMOS for enrolled students. 

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

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

    Stays are sponsored in all programme countries.

    • academic recognition of credits earned abroad
    • exemption from tuition fees at the host university
    • Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organizational)
    • Top-up for green travel
    • Top-ups for students with fewer opportunities: disabled students, students with chronic illness
    • Top-up for students travelling with children
    • Top-up for students being the first university graduates in their families

    The application deadline is March, 1 each year and applies to applications for both summer and winter semester.

    It is not possible to apply after the given deadlines.

    Requirements for an application are:

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

    Please inform yourself at the partner university in which form you need to apply for an Erasmus place. They either use an online mobility tool or the EASY platform of the AEC.

    The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz uses, together with most of the European universities for music and arts the online tool EASY of the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies des Musique et Musikhochschulen).

    Please submit your application via the online application tool EASY unless you find different information on the website of your preferred partner university. If you need a nomination letter for your registration or application at the partner unversity, please contact the International Office at HfMT.

    You can submit 3 applications at a maximum. If the EASY portal of the partner university does open later or the application period differs, and, you therefore cannot submit the application documents by March 1, please send an e-Mail to international-office(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de with information on your planned stay abroad, in particular the 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 at a partner university.
    • You fulfill all legal requirements of the Erasmus+ programme.
    • You have been nominated for the exchange by your university (via EASY).
    • You submit the complete application documents and on time.
    • Winter semester 2023/2024: Applications for a stay in the winter semester 2023/2024 are possible between Feb. 1, 2023 and Apr. 15, 2023. 
      Application deadline: Apr. 15, 2023
    • Winter semester 2023/2024 and summer semester 2024: Applications for a stay in the winter semester 2023/2024 and summer semester 2024 are possible between Feb. 1, 2023 and Apr. 15, 2023. 
      Application deadline: Apr. 15, 2023
    • Summer semester 2024: Applications for a stay in the summer semester 2024 are possible between Sept. 15, 2023 and Nov. 11, 2023. 
      Application deadline: Nov. 15, 2023

    It is not possible to apply after the given deadlines.

    An overview of the study programmes 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 catalogue 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 directly contact the Erasmus representative of your department for questions regarding your Learning Agreement:

    • Department 1 (Composition, Conducting, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Mandolin, Composition) 
      Prof. Qiming Yuan (
    • Department 2 (violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, orchestra conducting, baroque instruments and singing, harpsichord) 
      Prof. Leonard Schelb (
    • Department 3 (woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, saxophone) 
      Prof. Robert Winn (robert.winn(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de)
    • Department 4 (Singing, Musical Theatre, Choir Conducting) 
      Prof. Kai Wessel (kai.wessel(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de)
    • Department 5 (Musicology, Pedagogy, Church Music, Teaching) 
      Prof. Dr. Carmen Heß (carmen.hess(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de)
    • Department 6 (Jazz, Popp) 
      Prof. Anette von Eichel (anette.voneichel(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de)
    • Department 7/ZZT (Dance, dance education, dance science) 
      Miriam Althammer (

    You have the possibility to teach at one of our partner universities (staff mobility for teaching purposes) in the field of the Erasmus+ programme.

    The staff mobility is in general for at maximum 5 days plus travel days. 

    Please refer to our colleagues in the International Office, before you start planning your stay in detail. We are glad to support you regarding financing questions or questions regarding the organisation and administration of your staff mobility.

    Please contact international-office(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de;
    Tel.: 0221 28380 150/-143


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