Enrolling at the Munich School of Philosophy:

General Information:

The formal requirements for studying at the Munich School of Philosophy are listed below.

Apart from the formal admission requirements at the Munich School of Philosophy there are also other aspects to be considered.

For this reason, please obtain detailed information on the particularities of studying in Germany from the German Embassy in your country, or the German Federal Foreign Office where you can also access information on German courses and recognition of examination results.

We answer selected questions on our FAQs page.


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Several steps need to be taken before enrolling at the Munich School of Philosophy:


Recognition of Higher Education Entrance Qualification
The general requirement for studying at the Munich School of Philosophy is a valid Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung; Abitur, A-level) or an international equivalent. Certificates of previous qualifications may need to be provided for post-graduate courses.

Students without a German Higher Education Entrance Qualification need to have their documents checked in advance. A certified translation (English or German) is necessary in most cases. We may also contact you for additional information.

Please send the following documents as PDF by email to: studienberatung@hfph.de (any translations in English or German)

  • school certificates
  • any third-level qualifications and transcripts
  • proof of sufficient German proficiency
  • Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or doubts.

After checking your qualifications the Munich School of Philosophy can issue a confirmation of admission, which you can use to apply for a visa as a student applicant. You can find more information on this here.
However, please note that you cannot enroll without providing proof of your language skills (see below)!

Important: Please be sure to bring the originals to Munich. The HFPH reserves the right to check the originals at any time.



Proof of sufficient German Proficiency:
To study at the Munich School of Philosophy, you need to have sufficient speaking, writing and reading skills in German. There are no courses in English at the Munich School of Philosophy yet.

The Munich School of Philosophy accepts the following certificates of proficiency in German:

  1. DSH-2
  2. TestDaf: At least level 4 in all four partial examinations
  3. Goethe Institute: C1
  4. "Deutsche Sprachprüfung II" from the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Institut München (Munich Language and Interpreting Institute, SDI)

You can find more information about language courses on the web pages of the Studentenwerk München (Munich Student Union).

Important: A language level of C1 (Common European Reference Framework of Reference for Languages) is a prerequisite for enrolment. You can acquire an admission without the required level and therefore come to Germany to advance your language skills.

We have an agreement with "Deutschkurse bei der Universität München (dkfa)" to provide you with an easy access to German courses.



There is an additional admission restriction for some study courses. You need to apply for these study courses.

Bachelor: Enrolment in the Bachelor program does not require admission. You do not need to apply again, after having received a confirmation of admission.

Masters: Admission to the consecutive Master program is restricted.The prerequisite for applying is proof of a Bachelor degree with at least 90 ECTS in Philosophy or an international equivalent. The official deadline for application is 15th of July each year. Please send copies and translations of your certificates well in advance to studienberatung@hfph.de to be checked. Enrolment is only possible in the winter semester!
If you have not completed the last semester of your Bachelor degree by the application deadline, there is the option of a preliminary application. In this case, please submit your “Transcript of Records”. The Bachelor certificate can then be submitted at a later time.

Promotion/PhD: Admission to the PhD program is restricted. Please inform yourself of the general requirements for admission (certificates, previous studies, language skills and the general willingness to mentor by a professor). Please contact us at promotion@hfph.de well in advance.





Our courses start in mid April and in mid October. Please refer to the schedule pages (German) for the dates on which you can enroll for the new semester.



Enrolment takes place online. Enrolling in the courses mentioned above is only possible if all specified documents and materials are provided.

  1. Please have your documents checked by the international office well in advance before the enrolment (see above).

  2. After your documents have been checked, you will receive a confirmation of admission.

  3. You must enroll online via our Campus Management System. Please register by clicking on Einschreibung or Bewerbung and choose the study programme you want to apply for. Once you are registered you can fill out the forms and upload all the relevant documents (even if you have sent them before by email). 
    • Please bring all the original documents to Germany. The HFPH reserves the right to check the originals at any time. Also we are obliged by the Bavarian State Agency for Statistics and Data Processing to collect data and have no influence on the questions asked

  4. The uploaded documents will be checked by our administrative staff during the enrolment period. Once the staff has accepted your forms and documents you will be asked to log in and pay the fees (the invoice will be ready for download on the Campus Portal). Please pay via bank transfer with reference to the invoice number. 
    • Fees: 235,00 Euro per semester
      (latest update July 2023)

      This amount comprises:

    • 150.00 Euro Administration Fee
    • 85.00 Euro Student Union Fee
    • No fees for "Semester Ticket" for public transport in Munich in winter semester 2023/24

  5. After the money has been received the enrolment process is complete. You can download the enrolment certificate on the Campus Portal.

More relevant documents for the enrolment:

  1. Health Insurance Certificate
    Health insurance is obligatory in Germany.
    For this reason, you need to provide evidence of your health insurance or evidence of exemption from this requirement.

    Please submit a valid certification of student health insurance for the corresponding semester.
    International students can obtain more information on the topic of “health insurance” at the German Student Union.

  2. Official Certificate of Good Conduct
    In order to enroll, you must present or send to us an official certificate of good conduct. The easiest way is to apply for the certificate of good conduct personally in Germany. The receipt of your application for the certificate of good conduct is sufficient initially for enrolment.
    You can find more information on the certificate of good contact on the web pages of the German Federal Office of Justice.

  3. Passport photo

  4. ID Card or Passport with a valid residence permit or visa