Academic Studies

French-German study course Musicology (Bachelor of Arts, Licence)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 2
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 6 semesters full-time
  • Workload: 180 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German, French
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts, Université François-Rabelais Tours
  • Programme start: Essen: Each winter semester in October / Tours: Each winter semester in September/October

Admission requirements

_Evidence of qualification for entry (general or subject-specific university entrance certificate). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:

_Succesfully passing the aptitude test (in Essen or in Tours)


_with admission, the enrolment for studies at the three Universities Essen, Tours and German-French Hochschule (DFH) is required.

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level Delf B1 (for French students: German equivalent) with the application. A passed advanced course French in Abitur, an Abitur with bilingual component or an ABIBAC are equivalent to a DELF B2. All these prospective students are entitled to study without any further DELF-Certificate.


_The required levels of language skills at Folkwang University of the Arts are in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


_50 € application fee: For your application a fee of € 50 is due. The amount will be shown to you in the application form.


_No tuition fees are charged at Folkwang.


_Each semester all students have to pay a social contribution for the services of the Student Union, a student contribution for the work of the AStA (General Student Committee) and the VRR/NRW ticket. A breakdown of the amounts plus information on how to pay is available here.


Folkwang actively supports the call of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to train people with disabilities as artists and therefore particularly welcomes applications for the guest student programme, regular study courses and requests for inclusive cooperation projects. Prospective students should make use of the possibility of a counselling meeting with the  Representative for students with disability or chronic illness in advance.

Application documents

Applications must be submitted via the Folkwang Application Portal by the end of the application period on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 15 January to 15 March. Submit your application as early as possible. Only applications that have been submitted in full by the application deadline will be considered. Academic certificates must be submitted in the original German or English language or with an official translation.

For the application you have to upload the following in the portal:


_Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)

_School-leaving certificate from the last school attended (secondary school, e.g. high school); alternatively last school certificate

_If applicable, degree certificate, transcript of records and/or certificate of enrolment from the university(ies) attended to date

_If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test or other international educational achievements that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:

_If you do not bring your own répétiteur to the qualifying examination, piano sheet music for the Folkwang répétiteur.


_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test

The aptitude test in Essen for the French-German study course Musicology usually takes place at the end of May/early June. Please note that you will have to be on site for the aptitude test.

The aptitude test consists of two parts:

  • Written music theory test: Evidence shall be provided of the basic understanding of general music theory as well as the ability to hear and recognise elementary melodical, rhythmic and formal contexts.
  • Colloquium: Candidates must provide evidence that they are able to develop approaches to their own conceptual notions on music and musicology in relation to the requirements in subsequent vocational fields. This evidence may be provided by the candidates presenting a work, a composer or an epoch they have chosen themselves. A part of the colloquium will be in French (or German for French applicants respectively).

A sample test to help you prepare for the theory test can be found here:


Aptitude test music theory



Only after you have successfully applied for a study place is your last step in the application process enrolment. Enrolment takes place at the end of September for the start of studies in October and at the end of March for the start of studies in April. Please refer to your letter of admission for the exact period.

Further information on the procedure and documents can be found on the websites on enrolment.