In order to study at the Rostock University of Music and Drama, you must pass an aptitude test. For the test please apply online. 
The online application form is only available during the application periods. Please check the deadlines for application below.

Here you arrive for ONLINE APPLICATION

Here you will find instructions for your online application.

Application procedure

Please note that applications will only be processed when the registration fee has been received.

Language competence: Knowledge of German is essential for all courses. As a foreign student, you will have to take a language test along with the artistic aptitude test. Please check the level of linguistic ability required for your course.

Applications for the winter semester and for the summer semester: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music (except Master of Music in Music Education), Graduate Recital, Frühstudium (Early Study Programme)

Applications for the winter semester: Lehramt (Teachers Training), Master of Arts in Musicology, Master of Music in Music Education

Applications for the summer semester: Acting

Learn more about the requirements and entrance examinations on the pages for the specific courses that can be found under degree courses.

Application Period

for the summer term 1 October to 15 November of the preceding year
for the winter term 1 March to 15 April of the present year

You have questions about your application?

Please contact Mrs Dörtje Peters
Student and Examination Administration
fon +49 381 5108 220
room M1 03
Office hours: Mon-Fri 08.30 am to 11.30 am | Mon, Tues, Thurs 02.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Aptitude tests for the summer semester 2022

The aptitude tests take place in two stages:

  • Part 1 of the aptitude test takes place digitally.
  • Part 2 of the aptitude test will take place in presence between January 10th, 2022 - January 14th, 2022. The prerequisite for being invited to part 2 of the aptitude test is passing the digital round.

All information can be found under the respective courses.

Aptitude test fees

A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount to the following bank account when you submit your application:

Ostseesparkasse Rostock
IBAN    DE35 1305 0000 0201 0189 34
Purpose:   "application number, last name, first name"

Please send us a proof of transfer (bank statement, bank payment slip) for your own safety.

Piano as a compulsory subject for the bachelor's degree programs with the goal of Bachelor of Music

The examination requirements for the compulsory subject piano are regulated in § 10 of the aptitude test regulations of the Rostock University of Music and Theater.

Compulsory subject piano: In a 10-minute practical exam, two works of different stylistic epochs are to be played.

List of exemplary works:

  • Bach: Notebook for Anna Magdalena
  • Bach: Little Preludes
  • Mozart: Salzburger Tanzbüchlein
  • Schubert: Eccossaisen
  • Schumann: Album der Jugend
  • Bartók: Microcosm II and III

There are special regulations for the degree courses B.M. Composition, B.M. Music Theory, B.M. Répétiteur Opera and Musical Theatre as well as B.M. Orchestra Conducting regarding the required piano skills, please refer to § 9 of the aptitude test regulations.

Singing/Vocal training as a compulsory subject (Pop and World Music)

Singing/Vocal training as a compulsory subject (Pop and World Music)

Applicants for the degree course Pop and World Music with classical Music majoring in Piano or Guitar may choose Singing/Vocal Training compulsory subject insted of Piano. 

In a 10-minute practical exam, two works of different stylistic epochs are to be performed. Basic skills have to be demonstrated.

The examination requirements for the compulsory subject Singin/Vocal Training are regulated in § 10 of the aptitude test regulations of the Rostock University of Music and Theater.


Special features of the music education course

Music Education Courses start only in the winter semester. Please apply from 1 March to 1 May.

If you decide to study music education (for secondary school/high school or drama in education), you will have to study another subject in the Faculty of Philosophy at Rostock University.

Depending on the form of education and the subject you choose, you will have to register at Rostock University in time or submit an application if student numbers for your chosen subject are restricted. Passing the aptitude test at hmt Rostock will make admission to the university easier, as this automatically admits you to a prior selection process.
Further information about the "Education/Teaching" course at Rostock University.

Information provided by
Mrs. Dörtje Peters, Student and Examination Administration, room M1 03
fon +49 381 5108 220
fax +49 381 5108 201
Office hours: Mon-Fri 08.30 am to 11.30 am | Mon, Tues, Thurs 02.00 pm to 3.30 pm

No course fees

We do not charge course fees. However, you will have to pay a contribution of € 204 each semester. This covers the costs of the semester ticket, student services and the student council.

Why apply at the hmt?

Studying at hmt – this means intensive learning in a creative atmosphere at one of Germany’s most beautiful university buildings, the Katharinenstift in the heart of Rostock’s old town. We offer ideal conditions for a successful course of study in music, theatre or music education.

  • Intensive support and flexible structures
    A good university course has to be based around the requirements of the student’s future artistic or educational career. Along with a challenging course of artistic training, the university consequently sets great store by practical experience and variable study structures which take changing requirements in the student’s future profession into account.
  • Professional conditions
    With more than 300 public events a year, the university offers you many opportunities to give public performances in professional conditions: we have a concert hall and theatre with a full stage and an orchestra pit which can be lowered, a chamber music room, an organ room, sound studios, a multimedia studio and a well-stocked library.
  • International flair
    Our students come from more than 40 different countries. The university itself also has an extensive network of international contacts, and offers its students opportunities for cultural encounters and exchange throughout the world.

University Information Day

This annual information day takes place every year in April and addresses pupils who are inquisitive about the Rostock University of Music and Drama. At this day the university, the Student Advisory Service and the individual departments take the chance to introduce themselves – which means it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a lot about study and student’s life.

University Information Day

Crash Course Music Theory

In cooperation with hmt Rostock, the Deutsche Tonkünstlerverband M-V (German Society of Musicians in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania) holds a crash course Music Theory every year in April to prepare applicants for the aptitude tests at the German music colleges.

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 April, 2022, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Contact: pinelopi.papgmxde
Registration deadline: 1 April 2022

A 360°-tour

A 360°-tour with student Henning Schiewer through our building from a student's point of view.
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