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International Office

Learning from each other through exchange

The International Office of the Cologne University of Music and Dance advises and supports HfMT students (outgoings) interested in studying abroad and exchange students (incoming students) within the framework of the EU Erasmus+ programme. This also includes advising and supporting lecturers and administrative staff in the implementation of staff teaching and staff mobility measures. In addition, the DAAD scholarship programmes STIBET and PROMOS are supervised.

Contact persons

  • Katja Haus
  • N.N.

Information for Outgoings

HfMT students can use Erasmus+ to study at a European partner university after completing their first year of study in order to broaden 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. The stays are sponsored in all program countries.


  • academic recognition of academic achievements abroad
  • Waiver of tuition fees at the host university
  • Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organizational)
  • Grant for Green Travel
  • Grants for students with children, students with disabilities or chronic illnesses
  • Grants for first-time students

The application deadline for outgoings is March 31, 2024 for the winter semester 2024 and Sept. 30, 2024 for the summer semester 2025. It is not possible to apply after the specified deadlines.



Prerequisites 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 HfMT Cologne has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement (inter-institutional agreement).
  • The home and host universities have a valid Erasmus University Charter (E-CHE)

Please contact the partner university to find out how to apply for an Erasmus place. The universities either use their own (online) mobility tool or the mobility platform of the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies des Musique et Musikhochschulen).

Therefore, please submit your application via the online application portal . Unless you find clear information to the contrary on the website of your preferred partner university. If you require a nomination letter, please contact the International Office.

You can submit a maximum of 3 applications to mobility online. If the mobility portal of the partner university does not open until a later date or the application deadlines are different, i.e. you cannot submit the application documents by March 1st of each year, please send an e-mail to with information about the planned stay abroad, in particular the duration and the planned partner universities.

Information for incoming students

Thank you for your interest in an Erasmus+ stay at the Cologne University of Music and Dance.

To apply, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You are a student at a partner university.
  • You meet all legal requirements of the Erasmus program.
  • You have been nominated for the exchange by your university (via mobility-online).
  • You submit the application documents in full and on time.

Winter semester 2024

  • Applications for a stay in the winter semester 2024 are possible from February 15 to April 15, 2024.
  • It is not possible to apply after the specified deadlines.

For the summer semester 2025

  • Applications for a stay in the summer semester 2025 are possible from September 15 to November 15, 2024.
  • It is not possible to apply after the specified deadlines.

The application for a study place within the framework of an Erasmus stay at HfMT Cologne takes the form of 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/dance recordings (audio and/or video)
  • Proof of German language skills level A2

The course catalog of the HfMT Cologne can be found on this page.

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. These are not tuition fees.
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

For your enrollment you will need proof of health insurance/that you have health insurance. Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland who are insured with a statutory health insurance company in their country of origin can have their health insurance recognized by a statutory health insurance company in Germany. For more information, please visit the page for international applicants.

Living and Housing

Important and helpful information about accommodation can be found on the following page.

If you have any questions or problems, the Central Student Advisory Service and the International Office of the university will be happy to help you.


If you have any questions regarding the preparation of your Learning Agreement, you can contact the Erasmus representative of your department directly:

Department 1
Composition, Conducting, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Mandolin, Composition

Department 2
Violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, orchestral conducting, baroque instruments and singing, harpsichord

Department 3
Woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, saxophone

Department 4
Singing, music theater, choral conducting

Faculty 5
Musicology, Pedagogy, Church Music, Teacher Training

Faculty 6
Jazz, Pop

Department 7/ZZT
Dance, Dance Education, Dance Studies

Information on lecturer mobility

Within the Erasmus+ programme you have the possibility to take up teaching activities at a cooperating university (Staff mobility for teaching).
This mobility is usually possible for five days plus travel days. Before you start planning your stay in detail, please contact the International Office as early as possible.

The International Office will be happy to assist you with any questions regarding funding and the process of staff mobility.

Erasmus+ Charter

The obligations and rights of students in the Erasmus+ program are regulated in the "Erasmus+ Student Charter".

Funding opportunities of the DAAD

The International Office also advises you on scholarships and funding opportunities through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It is responsible for the Stibet and PROMOS programs and is available to answer any questions you may have.
For more information on the DAAD funding opportunities, please visit the page Study Funding / Scholarships.

Consultation hours and contact

The International Office team is available Monday to Friday by mail, phone or in person to answer any questions you may have. Starting in October, we will be offering open office hours once a week.

Open office hours

  • Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00, Room 2
  • Further appointments by arrangement