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  • Locations: Muenster, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

The University of Münster, founded in 1780, currently has 40,000 students, including 3,800 international students. The University got its name from Emperor Wilhelm II, who founded two new faculties at the University in 1902.
In 2011, the Münster School of Business and Economics was granted AACSB accreditation, a hallmark of business education that is earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. 

The University of Münster organizes welcome weeks during the first two weeks of each semester.  During these orientation weeks students will be introduced to all of the necessary formalities and facilities for studying and living in Münster. The International Office also organizes a tutoring program for new exchange students who can be assigned a tutor at their request. During the semester the International Office organizes a social and cultural program for exchange students with weekly meetings, excursions, parties, movie nights and other events.  You will be provided with the information about the actual semester program when you arrive in Münster. In addition, the Career Services Center can help students organize an internship or do professional training.
Watch some videos about being an international student at Muenster!  University of Richmond student Andrew Thomas, '13, who studied in Muenster in Spring 2012 is featured in several of them.

The city
The city of Münster is located in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, approximately 100 kilometers northeast of Köln. It has approximately 280,000 residents. After being destroyed during the Second World War, the historical Old Town of Münster has been largely restored to its former splendor. One of the main tourist attractions in Münster is the Town Hall in the Prinzipalmarkt (Main Marketplace), where the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in 1648, ending the 30 Years' War.
The city of Münster is well known for its cyclists (the major means of transport especially among students), nightlife, and wide variety of cultural events.  Münster has an active German-American Society, whose members are eager to meet American students studying in their city. This group of locals and students seeks to strengthen the friendship between Germany and America and to help US students studying in Münster learn about German culture. UR students interested in participating in this club can visit the website:


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  • This program is available for the full year or spring semester only.
  • Students should generally be in their junior or senior year
  • This program is approved by the Robins School of Business
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (GPA in the major is especially important).
  • Candidates must have completed at least one 300-level course in German language and literature.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
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Course Structure
At Münster, Richmond students take regular University classes in the company of local students.  Most courses are taught in German.  Courses are structured in a variety of ways. Many, but not all, will be larger than at Richmond and will require less participation. Professors use a wide range of methods of assessing students’ learning.  Some will give graded assignments throughout the semester, and others will base your grade on one very comprehensive final exam, paper or project.

Converting Münster's credits to UR units
Münster uses the European Union's ECTS (European Credit Transfer system) for assigning credit to its classes.  Most classes there are valued at 6 ECTS.  The average course load is 24 ECTS per semester, and the maximum course load is 30 ECTS per semester.

UR's Office of the Registrar uses the following formula to convert from ECTS to UR Units:
Divide ECTS by 7, then round up to nearest tenth of a Unit. 
Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.

For example:

ECTS Credits Richmond Units
4 .6
5 .8
6 .9
7 1
8 1.2
10 1.5
Grade conversion
The Office of the Registrar uses the following system of converting Münster grades to UR grades.
Münster Grade UR Equivalent Grade
1.0 A+
1.1-1.5 A
1.6-2.5 A-
2.6-3.5 B
3.6-4.0 C
Below 4.0 Not eligible for transfer to UR

Courses available

Münster offers a very wide range of courses, such as:

  • Biology
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Social Sciences (including Communications, Politics, and Sociology)
  • Geoscience
  • History
  • Law
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sport Science
  • Languages and Literatures
  • Math and Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Theology
Please note that classes in Medicine are not open to visiting exchange students.
Click here to see a list of classes available.
  • At the top right of the page, switch to English, if necessary, by clicking the British flag 
  • Click on "Lectures", near the top left
  • “Course overview” shows all the departments, faculties and other university units that offer courses
  • To find classes in English (selection is limited), go to “Search for lectures” and choose “English” as “Language of instruction”

Registration for courses
Students do not register for courses until arriving in Muenster.

Spring-semester pre-session
The WiPDaF Language Centre offers a special intensive language pre-session for visiting exchange students for most of the month of February, before Münster’s regular semester begins.

The Münster program is meant for students with a moderate to high level of German who want to be immersed in German language and culture.  Most regular Münster courses are taught in German.
Exchange students are offered German language instruction through the WiPDaF Language Centre during the semester.

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Students taking part in the Münster program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program.  Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.

Student housing in Germany is not owned by universities but rather is organized by Studentenwerk, a German student support organization.  Studentenwerk accommodation is usually available at Münster but is not guaranteed; students accepted to study there must apply for housing early and correctly.  Click here for details.

Richmond students are housed with German students when possible, and otherwise live with international students from other countries. German residence halls are comparable to similar facilities in the US.  The usual layout of German student residences suite style; several single student rooms (usually with their own sink) are arranged around a common kitchen and shared bathroom.  Students may prepare their own meals or eat in university cafeterias (Mensa). There is no meal plan at the Mensa; students pay for their meals as needed (about $4.00 per meal).


Dates and Costs

Click here for the Muenster Dates and Costs.

Financial Aid

Aid for study at Münster

Students interested in Münster may be able to apply for the WWU-Stibet Scholarship, which offers €250 Euros per month for 4-10 months.  Contact the study abroad advisor for Germany for details.

Aid for study in Germany

See the website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for scholarships opportunities that could help support study abroad in Germany.  Please note that DAAD application deadlines are extremely early - applications are due in January of the year prior to study in Germany.  For example: a student wishing to study in Germany for spring 2018 semester must apply for the DAAD scholarship by January 2017.

Aid for study abroad abroad in general
Click here to read about general scholarships for study abroad.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.

Immigration requirements

Citizens of the United States and some other countries do not need to apply for a visa in advance of studying in Germany, but will need to obtain a residence permit once there.  Detailed instructions will be provided to accepted students.


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Updated 17 Dec 2016

For more information see Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

This program is currently not accepting applications.