The establishment of a Jesuit College in 1588 - which offered philosophical and theological lectures - laid the foundations for the University of Münster. While a first attempt to found an official university failed despite papal and imperial privileges due to the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War and financial reasons, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster was officially founded in 1780.
We combine research and teaching to get our students as close to the action as possible, whether it be through research or practical experience. At the WWU, you’ll benefit from our wide range of programmes, including nationally and internationally top ranked degree courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Geo Sciences, Communication Sciences (we are among the top 100 universities worldwide in these fields / Shanghai Ranking 2019), Law, and Medicine - to name just a few. Not sure of your German skills? Come and join or study-preparatory German language courses! Or just choose one of our Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes conducted in English.
The WWU performs internationally recognized cutting-edge research in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences. The participating researchers combine excellent basic research with application-oriented approaches. In addition to three clusters of excellence, the WWU is the spokesperson for eight DFG Collaborative Research Centers. Ten Leibniz Prize winners are currently working on WWU. Around 20 grants from the European Research Council (ERC - Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and six Max Planck Research Awards underline the high level of science.
For your entry into the job market, our Careers Service assists you with workshops, seminars, and advising before and during the job search process. Our WWU degree provides a foot in the door of top employers worldwide as our graduates regulary confirm.
Our International Office team advises prospective and current students, scientists and staff who are planning to join our university or who wish to spend time at one of our worldwide partner universities or at any other scientific institution abroad. Our International Centre offers extensive support and organises a variety of cultural events for our international and German students. Our Welcome Centre for international researchers and our Graduate Centre offer diverse services, support for young researchers in their qualification and in career planning as well as cultural and networking events. These are just some of many institutions and centres at the WWU that help making your stay with us a great!
As in many German student cities, the main student halls in Münster are run by the Studierendenwerk, a state-run institution. Many students also share flats in Münster - there is a broad offer for a room in "student" flats! But keep in mind that Münster is a very popular city - especially among students - making accommodation not always easy to find. Our International Centre helps prospective international students with finding a suitable place!
Rents in Münster are lower than in many other popular German university cities and the cost of living in Germany is comparatively low.
Our Central University Library as well as our departmental libraries provide all members of the university, including students and researchers, with literature and information. University members have access to a large number of online research and education resources. The central university library also offers courses on information literacy, i.e. how to use and manage literature and information.
Whether teaching materials on the Internet or electronic exams, in addition to traditional teaching and study, the WWU offers a wide range of digital services for students and teachers.
In Germany, everyone has to have health insurance by law. Students can get affordable health insurance with one of the statutory health insurance companies. Our International Office advices you on how to get a health insurance - or how to get an exemption from the legal obligation in case you do have sufficient health insurance coverage in your home country.
The University of Münster is not a campus university! As we have grown continuously over the last centuries, our departments are spread all over the city - well, Münster somehow is our campus! Münster is a beautiful, green and lively city of about 320.000 inhabitants in west Germany, and the northern part of its federal state, North-Rhine Westfalia. Münster has a vibrant cultural scene - partly due to its over 70.000 students of one of the 8 institutions of higher education. Münster also hosts one of the most important art exhibitions worldwide - the sculpture project - every 10 year! What else? Well, Münster has won numerous awards for its high quality of live - and a bicycle is the best way to zoom around!
The university sports offer a versatile sports programme: The spectrum includes not only over 150 different sports, but also attractive sports travel and of course competitions of any kind.
There is a large variety of university groups at the University of Münster where students and employees of the WWU can get involved.
The accreditation of degree programmes has long been the standard procedure for ensuring the quality of individual degree programmes at almost every university in Germany.