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Studying at the HfMT Cologne

We are pleased that you are interested in studying at our university. On this page, we will inform you about the individual steps you need to take when applying.

The application for studies at the Cologne University of Music and Dance takes the form of an online application. The online application with muvac for

the summer semester 2025 is possible from 01.09.2024 and ends on 01.10.2024

the winter semester 2025/26 is possible from 08.01.2025 and ends on 01.03.2025

Questions about the application process

The following advisory services are available for further questions

  • Bachelor of Music degree programs: 01.03.2025
  • Master of Music degree programs: 01.03.2025
  • Master of Education degree programs: 01.03.2025
  • Concert Examination: 01.03.2025
  • Master of Arts Dance Education: 01.03.2025
  • Master of Arts degree programs: 01.06.2025
  • Young Studies and Pre-College Cologne: 01.03.2025

Application for the summer semester 2025 is only possible for the study programs Music Teacher Training (Bachelor and Master), Protestant/Catholic Church Music, Orchestra Playing and the Pre-College Cologne.

  • Bachelor's degree programs: 01.10.2024
  • Master of Music programs and Master of Education (teaching profession): 01.10.2024
  • Pre-College Cologne: 01.10.2024


Participation fee (fee) for the selection procedure

The Cologne University of Music and Dance with its campuses in Cologne, Aachen and Wuppertal charges each applicant a fee of € 50.00 for participating in the admission procedure (if applying for several degree programs, the fee is only charged once).

Account details

Recipient: Landeshauptkasse NRW Düsseldorf
Bank: HeLaBa (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, Uerdinger Str. 88, 40474 Düsseldorf)
IBAN: DE48 3005 0000 0001 6377 35

It is essential to state the following as the reason for payment:

76540.0000.0000.723/<your surname>, <your first name> in capital letters.

Proof of payment must be provided in the form of a bank statement at the time of online application and uploaded as a file in muvac. Please read the information listed above under "Step 1: Online application".


Please note that a refund of the fee is generally excluded, even if the application is withdrawn. The fee will be refunded as an exception in cases where the university is unable to offer places in the degree program for which you have applied at short notice for capacity reasons.

Requirements for admission

A certificate of general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) is required to study at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. This can be replaced by a certificate recognized as equivalent by a competent state authority.

A subject-specific aptitude test is required for admission to all artistic and artistic-pedagogical degree programs at the Cologne University of Music and Dance.

There are special admission requirements for the Master of Arts Musicology, Master of Arts Music Pedagogy and Master of Arts Dance Studies programs as well as the Master of Education Lehramt an Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen.

The admission requirements can be found in the aptitude test regulations for the respective study programs on the corresponding study program pages.

Studying without Abitur

If you have a special artistic talent, it is also possible to study at the Cologne University of Music and Dance without the above-mentioned certificate (Abitur). To do so, you must have demonstrated your outstanding artistic talent in a special artistic aptitude test. In this case, proof that you have completed your schooling is sufficient.

International applicants

Furthermore, foreign applicants must prove sufficient knowledge of the German language, as language skills are indispensable for successful studies in Germany.

For more information, please see the page for international applicants.

Application procedure

Here we provide you with detailed information on the application process. Take a look at the online tutorial in which we explain the individual steps of an application via the online portal muvac.


Tutorial: Online application

The application takes place online via the muvac platform.

First create a profile with muvac and enter all the details on your CV. In your personal profile, you can upload all the necessary documents under the "Documents" tab and, if required, integrate audio and video recordings under the "Media" tab. Upload your video files via muvac when you are asked to do so during the application process.

Then apply via muvac for the desired course of study (vacancy). All information relevant to the application will be requested online. If you are required to submit video files as part of a digital preselection, you must be sure to add the link from your muvac profile to your application in muvac. Submit any missing documents exclusively via muvac.

Please prepare the following documents for your online application and upload them as PDF or easy-to-read image files in muvac:

1. university entrance qualification:

  • Proof of university entrance qualification (high school diploma / admission to high school or equivalent recognized prior education).
  • if you do not have a university entrance qualification: the last school report on the assessment procedure of outstanding artistic talent
  • if you are applying for a master's degree: proof of a completed bachelor's degree in accordance with the aptitude test regulations or, if this has not yet been completed, a current certificate of study
  • or for students from abroad: all documents and certificates of school attendance or university attendance abroad.

2. list of pieces/works prepared for the qualifying examination according to the qualifying examination regulations
3. proof of payment of the participation fee for the application procedure (see below)
4. curriculum vitae
The application is submitted exclusively as an online application. Submitted application documents in paper form will not be considered.

What is the aptitude test?

In the aptitude test you prove your artistic and/or artistic-pedagogical aptitude for the respective degree program. Please refer to the aptitude test regulations for the contents of the aptitude test.

When is the aptitude test?

After completion of the examination of the complete online application, you will receive an admission to the aptitude test with the exact test dates from the study secretariat of the Cologne University of Music and Dance.

Guest auditor

Guest students may be admitted to individual courses (general lectures) upon application within the limits of the available study places. Admission is granted for one semester at a time. Guest auditors are issued with a "Guest Auditor's Certificate", which entitles them to attend the specified courses. Guest students are not entitled to individual instruction and are not entitled to a practice room at the university. Guest students are not covered by health insurance. No fare reduction is granted. They cannot take exams and do not receive transcripts. You can apply for guest auditor status using this document.

More information about the application
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