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  • Locations: Trossingen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Apartments, Host Family, Residence Halls Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Music
Language Prerequisite: 2 semesters college-level German Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.75 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German
Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
January 15th: Priority Deadline- Late applications will not be accepted. 


GPA Requirement
2.75 Cumulative GPA

CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior. 

Two semesters/three quarters of college-level German.

Additional Requirements
Students must submit a resume along with their application, as well as an audition (YouTube video) containing two recent recordings of at least two contrasting works; Composition students must submit one recent original score. Further details regarding this are provided in the program application. 


Subjects Available

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester, in addition to the 6 unit Preparatory Language Program (PLP).

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Germany: Music at Trossingen University of Music as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional German academic cycle begins in early August to July. 

Academic Year: August to July.


The Germany: Music at Trossingen University of Music program is affiliated with the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen. CSU IP has an agreement with the State of Baden-Württemberg, which is in southwest Germany and is home to world-renowned universities, such as the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen. The CSU IP program is administered by a Program Assistant, based in Tübingen, who is available to students throughout the year. 
Germany MusicThis program is highly competitive and specifically designed for Music majors. The program begins with a six week Preparatory Language Program (PLP) in Horb, a small town near Tübingen. PLP courses offer instruction in German grammar, reading, writing and conversation and often include cultural excursions. At the conclusion of the PLP, music students will move to Trossingen to enroll in regular university courses. All students are required to take a German language course during the fall and spring semesters.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. 
Due to the highly competitive nature of this program, students are encouraged to have a second choice program in the event that they are not selected for participation. Please note that Trossingen’s application deadline is earlier than other CSU IP programs therefore the deadline to apply for this program is January 15th. The CSU IP application and all materials for Trossingen (audition, original score, resume) must be submitted by this date; application materials will be evaluated by the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen to determine admissions eligibility. Complete application instructions can be found in your CSU IP application. 


The town of Trossingen in located about an hour outside of Stuttgart, nestled between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest.  Although small, with just over 15,000 inhabitants, Trossingen is renowned as a “music town.” The city’s musical heritage dates back to the early 19th century when various instrument manufacturing businesses were founded and is carried forward today by the Hochschule für Musik.


During the PLP in Horb, students live with host families, as arranged by the CSU IP staff in Germany.  In Trossingen, the host university staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations.  Students typically live in dormitories or local apartments.


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application*Note: The CSU IP application will require an official transcript for the host university, and it must include Spring grades.

According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Germany, "The program in Germany is based on an agreement between the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the CSU IP Office on behalf of the California State University System. The program is coordinated on the German side by the University of Tuebingen, where the CSU IP maintains its office. This arrangement allows students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and disciplines to pursue courses in their major area of study at one of the man and varied institutions of higher education included in the agreement... On arrival, all International Programs students are placed in a Preparatory Language Program (PLP), before the fall semester begins. The PLP is designed to provide rapid acquisition of language skills. After the PLP they move to their university placement. Most beginning and intermediate German language students will continue language studies at the University of Tuebingen. All students are expected to enroll in regular university courses in the second semester of their year abroad."