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Information for Refugees

Corona update

UdK Berlin will continue the application and admission procedures for the winter semester 2020/21 from 30.4.2020 onwards.

Please click here for further information.

On this page you will find information about the application procedure at UdK Berlin, scholarship opportunities as well as a list of events designed for refugees.

"Fit für die Künste 2020 - 2021"- New study preparation courses for refugees at UdK Berlin - from October 2020 onwards

The new edition of "Fit für die Künste" is funded by the DAAD as part of the INTEGRA Programme 2020/2021 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

More information on the programme will be published on this website in July 2020.

 If you have any questions, please contact Flóra Tálasi at the following e-mail address: sgk_

"Fit für die Künste"- New study preparation courses for refugees at UdK Berlin - from September 2019 onwards

The "Fit für die Künste" programme offers free study preparation courses for refugees who wish to apply for a course of study at a German university of art or music. The workshops are categorized into three different areas:

Study Skills (SK)
You can acquire interdisciplinary skills for academic and professional purposes, such as presentation techniques, academic writing and reading.

Languages for Special Purposes (FS)
We offer German language courses in four artistic fields, starting at B1 level.

Intercultural Competences (IK)
You will learn the basics of intercultural communication relevant to your studies.

You can find more information about our programme under

All workshops are free of charge. They are funded by the DAAD as part of the INTEGRA Programme 2019/20 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Is it possible to study at UdK Berlin as a refugee?

Yes, you can apply at UdK Berlin but you have to fulfill the same entrance requirements as all applicants. Nearly all programs are taught in German (exceptions are: Master Solo/Dance/Authorship, Jazz Master programs and Master Sound Studies and Sonic Arts). This means that you need to submit a proof of the required language level together with your application.

You can only apply within the application period specific to the chosen programme. You can find further information concerning study courses on our website By clicking on "Courses" you will find an overview of all the study programmes. The Information on the application procedure as well as deadlines are to be found at the bottom of the page.

Please note that uni-assist's free application process for refugees ONLY applies for applications for winter semester 2019! Applications for summer semester 2020 and beyond are then subject to regular handling fees for refugees in German as for other applicants.


How high are tuition fees?

Every student has to pay about 320 Euros per semester. Included in this fee is a ticket for Berlin public transport called "Semesterticket". Once you are a student at UdK you can seek financial assistance for your "Semesterticket" through AStA, which is the General Student Council of the UdK Berlin.

How can I get financial support?


The BAföG (Berufsausbildungsförderungsgesetz) is a state loan for students in German universities and colleges. Refugee students are entitled to BAföG under certain circumstances. For more Information please click here.  

Grant programmes:

You can find a list of grant programmes specific to refugee students on the website of the Hochschulrektorkonferenz.

Emergency funds:

The foundation DAAD-Stiftung und  AStA UdK can offer support in case of  financial hardship.

Are there any possibilities to study as a guest?

The Berlin University of the Arts offers the possibility to sign up for certain theoretical lectures as guest auditors. If you have an official status as a refugee then you don’t have to pay the guest auditor fee.

The current course offer (course catalogue) can be found online:

In general all courses may be attended, provided that the lecturer agrees and vacancies are available.

More information can be found here:

Is it possible to visit a language course at UdK Berlin?

Unfortunately this is not possible, currently there are no language courses offered for applicants or refugees at UdK Berlin. Please contact the other universities: FU Berlin, HU Berlin or TU Berlin

Is it possible to use the library?

The University Library of UdK Berlin issues library cards to refugees and asylum seekers for a reduced annual fee of 5,-€. This is also valid for the University Libraries of TU Berlin.

For issuing only the Residence Permit or the Accommodation Certificate is required.

Further Information

You can find more information about study options in Germany for refugees at

Further Education -ARTIST TRAINING for Professionals

The project ARTIST TRAINING for Professionals is a qualification opportunity offered by the Berlin Career College aiming to the qualification, consulting and networking of artists in exile. During the three editions of the project from July 2018 to March 2020, in addition to an introductory course, four complementary modules provide information and contacts on the following four fields: music, fine arts, performing arts and film. Please find here information regarding next trainings.

Platform "Common Ground"

COMMON GROUND is the official platform of the AStA of the University of Arts Berlin to connect, support and inform students, newcomers and common social art projects. Further information about Common Ground and events can be found on their website and on Facebook.

Upcoming events at UdK Berlin

An overview of events and projects for refugees can be found here.



If you have any kind of question about applying to UdK or being a guest auditor you are welcome to contact us:

International Student Services

Einsteinufer 43 - Raum 16 A
10587 Berlin
Email: aaa_
Telefon: 0049 30 3185 2196

NEW! Consultation hours for refugees available in Arabic, Farsi, English and German!Appointment by email only due to limited capacity of our interpreters.
tue 15:30 to 17:00

Student Advisory


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