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Information for First-Year Students

A warm welcome to the Musikhochschule Dresden!

An exciting stage of your life awaits you in which demanding studies, many new experiences and, naturally, a vivid student life will all play a role. As exciting as all this is, there are inevitably many questions before the studies begin – these range from registration, to basic information on the organisation of the studies, to the lectures in the new semester, right through to the orientation week’s events.

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Enrolment on the Winter Semester 2018/19

As a student applicant, you will become an HfM Dresden student after you have enrolled. You will receive the semester ticket and, from this point on, you will be able to use the practice rooms in the Hochschule, too.

Enrolment on your studies takes place during the week of the 17th to the 21st September 2018. Please inform the Studierendensekretariat  of your preferred date and/or time.

The enrolment takes place during the following times:

Monday, 17th September 2018          8.30am – 11.30am and 1pm – 3pm
Tuesday, 18th September 2018          8.30am – 11.30am and 1pm – 3pm
Wednesday, 19th September 2018    1pm – 3pm
Thursday, 20th September 2018        8.30am – 11.30pm and 1pm – 3pm
Friday, 21st September 2018             8.30am – 1.30pm

The enrolment for applicants with a German proviso (see letter of admission) will take place exclusively on the 19th and 20th September 2018, as the language tests at the HfM will be held in parallel on these days.

If, for a compelling reason, you are unable to enrol on time, you must submit a written application to the Studierendensekretariat  requesting late enrolment or registration.

Please bring the following documentation to your enrolment:

  • Letter of admission
  • De-registration certificate if you have already studied at another Hochschule/university
  • Applicants for the teaching degree – primary school: additional enrolment/registration certificate from the Technische Universität Dresden
  • Certified copy of the Abitur (A-levels, high school diploma), bachelor's degree, diploma or master's certificate (if not yet submitted and if required)
  • Current insurance certificate of the health insurance (chip-card is not sufficient). Those who are privately insured need to apply for the exemption from compulsory insurance as students from the statutory health insurance in accordance with § 8, Abs. 1, Nr. 5 SGB V. The responsible insurance is the last statutory health insurance where insured, if insured and/or if you were not legally insured, a health insurance company at the place of residence or study.
  • An EC/debit card (girocard) from a German bank account for the payment of the semester fee of €274.70 (no cash, no international cards and no credit cards can be accepted)
  • Residence permit for international students outside the EU

The semester contribution is €274.70 and is paid when you register with an EC/debit card. Please note that only EC/debit cards are eligible for payment.

The HfM Dresden’s student ID card is a chip-card and serves as a semester ticket, library ID card, as well as a proof of eligibility and the key for the use of the practice-rooms.


Arriving at the Musikhochschule

From 17th to the 21st September 2018, newly-enrolled students have the opportunity to explore our Hochschule, to get to know their fellow students and also the city of Dresden and its surroundings through many different introductory offers.

17th September 2018: Monday 7pm, Mensa Stimmgabel


Meet & Greet


All those who would like to get to know their new fellow students in an informal setting are invited to drop in! Host of this evening is the student council.

18th September 2018: Tuesday 5.30pm – 7pm, Mensa Stimmgabel

How to Hochschule?

Experienced students will give you tips and advice on how to understand the module plans and study regulations; they will reveal what lies behind the ‘Life at the University’ module and the last secrets of room-planning, and they will show you how to live well with each other at the university. The international students can also learn in English and Korean how we Germans tick.

The students can speak to you in German, English and Korean.

18th September 2018: Tuesday 7.30pm, Lounge, Top-Floor W4, Rote Sofas (Red Sofas)

Music Studies – and what then?

Lounge discussion on career development with Pauline Sachse (viola), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet) and Emma Johnson (clarinet).

Discussion with the Master Class teachers, Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Florian Uhlig and Claudia Syndram from the career entry office.

19th September 2018: Wednesday 5pm, City Beach Dresden, Leipziger Str. 31, 01097 Dresden

Pub Tour with the StuRa

Dear First-Year Students,

The StuRa cordially invites you to explore not only the music landscape, but also the pub scene in Dresden together with us! We start (ideally) with a beautiful sunset at the City Beach. The location is really cool at sunset, offers plenty of space and opportunities for physical activity, dancing and warming-up – a great start to a long evening! From there, we will guide you through the bars and pubs of the Dresden Neustadt (new town).

Yours, The StuRa

20th September 2018: Thursday 10.10am, Bahnhof Mitte (central railway station)

Hike from Pfaffendorf, via the Malerweg, to Pfaffenstein

Departure 10.22am, S-Bahn towards the Sächsische Schweiz to Königstein

Get to know your fellow students and hike through the Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) from before Dresden’s gates. For those of you who would like to start your studies in this way, you are invited on a hike up to Pfaffenstein.

The 428-metre-high Tafelberg offers everything that makes up the Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland): steep slopes, narrow gorges and, from high-up, a grandiose panoramic view. In the restaurant on the summit plateau, fizzy drinks, soup or cake can fortify you for the way back down. The hike is easy to handle for the average athletic person.

Sturdy footwear and a few drinks and snacks for during the walk are recommended. Useful to know: Enrolment/registration should be done beforehand, as the ticket for this is included in the semester ticket.

Contact partner: Claudia Syndram

As an alternative if the weather is inclement (storm and/or heavy rain): Tour of the landscape paintings at the Galerie Neue Meister in the Albertinum, Tzschirnerplatz 2. We meet at 1pm in the foyer of the museum

21st September 2018: Friday 12.30pm, Treffpunkt Foyer (Meeting Point in the Foyer)

Campus Tour: Know What is Where

The StuRa gives a tour of the campus.

21st September 2018: Friday 1.30pm, Room W 2.28
for IGP-students

21st September 2018: Friday 2pm, Room W 2.28
for orchestral instruments and pianos in the artistic BA and MA programmes

Introduction to the Orchestra and an Introduction to Chamber Music  
Obligatory for all orchestra instruments, chamber music and piano students

In addition to the soloist education, the Hochschule Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and the chamber music work represent focal points in the practice-orientated musical education at the HfM. The close and diverse collaboration with the Hochschule’s own professors, as well as the members of the local professional orchestras, should prepare for the future profession as a musician and make for an easier career entry.

However, what is the organisational planning like? When do you have to complete which project/s and which exam/s within your studies? This introduction is intended to give a brief insight into the important questions on study organisation, credit allocation and examinations in the field of HSO/chamber music.

Contact partner: Anne Neubert


At the beginning of your course of studies, there are introductory courses for all the first-year students in which you will be introduced to the course structure. Here, you will find out exactly what is important for your subject and you can get to know your fellow students, too.

Faculty I

2.30pm Singing, Room W 1.27
Academic Dean, Prof. Hendrikje Wangemann

2.30pm Piano, Room W 1.28
Academic Dean, Prof. Arkadi Zenzipér

2.30pm Conducting/Correpetition, Room W 1.17
Academic Dean, Prof. Ekkehard Klemm             

2.30pm Orchestral/Wind Instruments, Room W 2.10
Academic Dean, Prof. Joachim Klemm

2.30pm Orchestral/String Instruments, Room W 3.08
Academic Dean, Prof. Vladimír Bukač

Faculty II

2pm Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy (IGP), Room W 4.12
Academic Dean, Prof. Claudia Schmidt-Krahmer

2.30pm Teaching, Room W 4.07
Academic Dean, Prof. Dr. Christin Werner

2.30pm Jazz/Rock/Pop, Room W 1.12
Academic Dean, Prof. Finn Wiesner      

21st September 2018: Friday 4.00 to 4.30pm, Konzertsaal (Concert Hall)

Celebratory Semester Start for All Students of the HfM Dresden

21st September 2018: Friday from 5.00pm, Campus

Music and Celebration: Concerts throughout the entire Hochschule and the StuRa BBQ Party
Rehearsal stage and campus of the Hochschule für Musik

Improvisation concert of the course, Günther Baby Sommer and students of the Nicolai class (HfBK)

17th – 21st September 2018

Dresden Music Master Classes

All students of the HfM Dresden can take part in the master classes free of charge.

The day tickets are issued to enrolled students at the Organisational Office of the Dresden Music Master Classes. The final concert will take place on Saturday, 22nd September 2018 at 7.30pm in the concert hall of the Hochschule für Musik.

More Information

6th October 2018: Saturday 10am – 3.30pm, Opening in the Kleiner Saal of the HfM

The Day of Physio-Prophylaxis

On Physio-Prophylaxis Day, organised by the Institute of Musicians’ Medicine, students can find out more about the extensive physio-prophylaxis course programme: All the lecturers involved in the programme will give insights into their offers, such as the Alexander Technique, Performance Coaching, the Feldenkrais and Franklin Methods, Pilates, Qi-Gong, Yoga and Functional Training.

The participants learn about the techniques and the teachings of body and movement training practically and on their own body. They are advised by the lecturers in deciding which body technology they would like to learn and which training offers the greatest benefit for them personally.

Information for International Students

The HfM Dresden offers a very special service for international students.

Welcome Service for All International Students at the HfM Dresden

  • Would you like help with finding accommodation?
  • Do you still have a few visits to the Dresden authorities to make (foreigners authority, student union, bank, health insurance office...)?
  • Are you looking for new friends?
  • Would you like to experience a guided city tour around Dresden, together with other   students?
  • Have you ever been to the Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland)?

Then it is time for you to contact our Team International
It is much easier together! ‘Older’ students support ‘young’ students. International menu evenings, dances, museum visits, excursions, and lots more, wonderfully complement your studies outside the Hochschule...


The HfM Dresden may be able to support you financially during your studies, thanks to various scholarships.

You can find further information on the individual descriptions and requirements, as well as the application deadlines, here

Information for Exchange Students (ERASMUS + Incomers and Students from our Worldwide Partner Universities)

Katrin Mörbe can help you at the International Office (Office G 3.08, Tel. + 49 (0)351 / 4923-638) with any organisational questions concerning exchange studies, regardless whether subject or course change, Learning Agreement, Transcript of Records or Confirmation of Stay. The documentation of your studies for your home university is collected here.

More Information

The German language tests for international applicants without a proof of knowledge will take place on the 19th and 20th September 2018. You will receive a separate invitation from the student secretariat. The language test takes place in the form of a conversation simulation.

Please note: For this reason, the enrolment for applicants with a German proviso (see letter of admission) will take place exclusively on the 19th and 20th September 2018.


You are too early!

The dates and times of all the lectures are online from the 21st August 2018.