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International applicants

NEW! Online Consultation hour

We offer online consultation hours for international students and applicants on mondays, tuesdays and wednesdays from 2 to 3 pm on the BigBlueButton platform.

Please note that the online consultation hour on Tuesday and Wednesday are cancelled this week. Thank you for your understanding.





Application at UdK Berlin

Nationality is not important for the admission at UdK Berlin. If you intend to study at UdK Berlin, you are subject to the same rules as German applicants. However, you have to prove your German language skills if you don't hold German citizenship. If you got your high school certificate or university degree outside Germany, you must have them recognised by uni-assist before applying at UdK. This applies to some Bachelor and to all Master programmes. Please also read the information regarding visa requirements at the bottom of the page!

Please find more details about uni-assist here.

An overview of the most relevant information for international applicants is available as download at the bottom of this page.

Uni-assist for refugee applicants

For more details, please contact Barbara Garnier at aaa_

Applications from China or Mongolia or Vietnam

If you went to school and/or studied at a university in China, Mongolia or Vietnam, you will have to contact the institute of APS (Akademische Prüfstelle) connected to the German Embassy of your respective Country.  Please find more Information and forms on their websites.

Language Abilities

The teaching language in almost all study courses at UdK Berlin is German.  Therefore, International applicants have to demonstrate their knowledge of German at the time of application. If you have a German high-school certificate or a university degree, you don’t need to prove your language level.

Exception: There is no need to certify your knowledge of German for the master programmes at the Jazz Institute (JIB), for the master programme Chamber Music (for Ensembles) and for the English-taught master programmes Solo/ Dance/ Authorship and Sound Studies and Sonic Arts.   

The language requirements depend on the study course. You will find the required levels in the Application Information Document (PDF) on the relevant page of each study course.

Language courses for applicants are offered at UdK Berlin, depending on the availability of free places. The  level of German language skills which are needed for the application can be acquired at any official language school at home and abroad.
The "Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen der Technischen Universität Berlin " / Modern Language Center (ZEMS) of the Technische Universität Berlin, located in close proximity to the central locations of UdK Berlin offers language classes too.

German courses

German courses will be offered to applicants, if vacancies are available.

It is possible to prove the needed German level for the application respectively for the matriculation at any official language school in Germany or abroad.

As a certified test center, ZEMS of the Technical University of Berlin (Zentraleinrichtung für Moderne Sprachen der Technische Universität Berlin) offers an computer-assisted  placement test (C-test onSet Deutsch). The test lasts 40 minutes and can be performed in the ZEMS Mediothek Berlin at an individually agreed date close to the UdK buildings. UdK applicants or guest auditors can take there a placement test at short notice.
Please register at least 3 business days in advance by e-mail or by phone in the Mediothek and arrange an individual examination date. An administration fee of € 10.00 will be charged for the test.


Accepted proof of language

We accept the following documents as language proofs:

  • German citizenship or if the official language of your state is German
  • all official language certificates as long as they are equivalent to the Common European Framework of reference for languages (ERF), e.g. A2
  • a confirmation from your language school, regarding  the completion of the course of the required level
  • an assessment test ( only with identification) to the next level: e.g. the assessment test B1 as proof of the completed level A2
  • an OnSet assessment, please reach in also the evaluation according to the ERF (e.g. A2; B1). Directly after you have finished the test, you can print this evaluation from OnSet.
  • a school report according to the following regulations:  A2 = min. 3 years of German lessons,  B1 = min. 5 years
  • TestDAF with overall average grade from all four performances accordingly: B2 = GPA greater than/ equal to 3, C1 = GPA greater than/ equal to 4
  • DSH, ÖSD according to the ERF
  • a German university degree equates to the completed level C1


Due to the Corona virus most German embassies are closed. For more information on the visa procedure, please contact the German mission abroad in your home country.

If you require a visa please contact the relevant German embassy to get information on study applicant visa (Studienbewerbervisum).

We advise you to apply for a visa straight after receiving the confirmation of your application to make sure that you can travel to Germany on time, in case you get an invitation for the entrance examination. You will get the confirmation of application together with the application number via email after submitting the online application form. You should bring the confirmation together with the Application Information Document (PDF) to the embassy.   Please note that the visa process can take up to several weeks and that dates for the entrance examination can’t be changed.

We can't provide any kind of “pre-admission” or “conditional admission” because an admission to UdK depends on the applicant's artistic talent only. This artistic talent can only be tested and assessed by the entrance committee during the regular admission process.

Please don’t travel to Germany with a tourist visa. A tourist visa can never be changed into a residence permit, which allows you to stay in Germany during your studies. Please note that you cannot get a residence permit for part-time studies.

If you have any question about study programmes at UdK Berlin or visa requirements, you are welcome to contact the International Student Services.

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