We appreciate your interest in studying at hmt Rostock! 
The application process takes place in two steps:

Online application

After your registration you can upload the required documents and the videos. The online application form is only activated within the respective application periods:

  • 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 (exception: MA Opera Studio 1 October to 15 November of the preceding year) 


instructions for your online application

Entrance Examination

You will receive the definite date of your entrance examination with your invitation. The invitation will be sent after you have passed the digital qualifying examination round approx. 3 - 4 weeks before the presence examination. Periods of the proficiency tests:

  • Department of Music: 03. - 06. June 2024
  • Department of Drama: 04. - 14. January 2024 (2. Round) & 02.- 03.February 2024 (3. Round)
  • Department of Music Education:  27. - 29. May 2024
  • Department of Theatre Education: 29. - 31. May 2024

You have questions about your application?

Student and Examination Administration
Mrs Dörtje Peters

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


Where can I find the activation code for the application portal?

Once you have registered, you will receive an email with an activation code that you will need to access the application portal.The code is only required when you log into the system for the first time.
If you have not received an activation code, please check your spam folder. In some cases, the email with the activation code will be classed as spam.

Where do I upload my video?

Videos and further application documents, such as proof of payment of the entrance examination fee or the programme for the entrance examination, must be uploaded to the upload portal after submitting the application form.
You can find the link to the upload portal on the homepage under “Digital entrance examination upload” or on your application summary under “Contact and upload area”.

Are there any specific technical requirements for the video?
  • Format: .mp4, .mov, .hevc, .flv, .ogg
  • Size: max. 2GB
How do I know that the video has uploaded correctly?

There is no separate confirmation. However, check that the file size corresponds to your video (or is more than 0).

I uploaded the wrong video. What can I do?

You can swap the video on the upload portal at any time during the application period. To do so, you must first delete the uploaded video. Then you will be able to upload new video files. The uploaded video will be forwarded to the examination committees once the application period has ended.

Why hasn’t the status of my application changed

As the university receives lots of applications it can sometimes take a while to update the application portal. Please be patient.
It usually takes 3-4 days before we can register your payment of the fee for the entrance examination. As soon as the status changes to “valid”, your payment has been registered and we have received all of the required application documents, i.e. your application is complete and you are then admitted to the entrance examination procedure. No further documents are required for the time being.
When making your payment, it does not matter whether you enter your applicant or application number. We can clearly identify either number.

How will I be informed of the result of the entrance examination?

The result of the entrance examination is issued as a notification (offer of a place or rejection) and is available on the application portal as a pdf for download not long after the exam.

Which bank account must the entrance examination fee be paid to?

The processing of your application is subject to a fee of € 50.00
Your application will not be processed until the fee is paid. Paid fees are non-refundable. This also applies if you have not submitted the application form, the application is rejected or you withdraw from the entrance examination. Please transfer the fee to the following account:

Ostseesparkasse Rostock
IBAN     DE 35 1305 0000 0201 0189 34
Payment reference:  Applicant number, Surname, Given Name(s)

No course fees

We do not charge course fees for a first degree. However, you will have to pay a semester fee, which is a contribution to the costs of the semester ticket, student services and the student council.

Requirements for the entrance examination

The entrance examination requirements can be found on the webpage of your desired degree course under “Entrance examination requirements”.

Piano as a compulsory subject for the bachelor's degree programs

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

Compulsory subject piano: In a 10-minute practical examination, two works from different stylistic periods must 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 requirements for the Music Theory, Composition and Orchestral Conducting/Répétiteur degree programmes; please refer to the pages of the degree programmes for more information.

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.


Which documents are required?

A list of the required documents is available on the application portal. These include the usual documents, e.g. curriculum vitae (CV), school leaving certificate, if applicable degree certificate, proof of payment, programme for the audition and possible degree course-related documents (see requirements for the entrance examination for your desired degree course).

Do I also need to send the application documents via post?

All of the documents and the video (if required) must be uploaded to the portal. We will not consider any documents or videos sent via email!
You are not required to submit the application documents additionally in paper form.

I do not currently have all of the required documents – what can I do?

If you do not have all of the required documents at the time of application, e.g. because you are still at school or university, this has no negative effect on the application process. If this is the case, submit your last report/certificate or a current transcript of records. It is important that the documents are available on enrolment.

Do I have to submit proof of language proficiency?

As part of the aptitude test, all applicants who do not have German as their native language are required to take a German test in the form of a C-test. Participation is mandatory and must also be completed by applicants who have already studied in Germany. The test usually takes place on the day of the artistic main subject examination.

All information about the required level of German language proficiency for the individual degree courses can be found here. There is no obligation to submit a language certificate with the application.

Why applying 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.


Student Henning Schiever shows you our building from a student's point of view. 
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