At the UdK Berlin there is no single application deadline; deadlines vary according to study programme. They are also earlier than those at scientific universities (as from February). Many UdK study programmes begin with the winter semester, others with the summer semester. You will find information about courses, as well as application deadlines to download (PDF file) on the relevant page of each study course.
Payment for the application and admission procedure
Whether you have to pay the 30 Euros with your application or not depends on the study programme you are applying for. The proof of payment has to be submitted with the application documents.
For further information please check the the following website.
International applicants will be considered on an equal footing to German applicants but should be able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of German. They should also submit their applications directly to the UdK Berlin.
However, applicants for some Bachelor and all Master programs at UdK Berlin who obtained their first university degree abroad have to get their certificates recognized by uni-assist before the application at UdK Berlin.
Further information can be found here.
There are no numerus clausus courses at the UdK Berlin. Selection always takes place via an artistic admissions process.
Applications for all study courses should be submitted directly to the UdK Berlin.
A higher education entrance qualification (Abitur equivalent) is an essential precondition for some study courses at the UdK Berlin, e. g. for the Architecture and the Sound Engineering programme.
In the case of other courses (e.g. design and visual communication) the entrance qualification for higher education is a precondition as a rule, but applicants without this qualification may also be admitted in exceptional cases, if the admissions committee assesses an outstanding artistic talent.
For many purely artistic study courses, completion of compulsory schooling is sufficient to meet the educational requirements (e.g. in the case of fine art, artistic instrumental training).
The precise conditions for admission can be downloaded from the relevant page of each course of study.
At the Berlin Career College of the UdK Berlin, German courses are generally offered starting at level B2. The courses are aimed at UdK students, students of other Berlin universities and, depending on available places, other persons (e.g. university applicants). In the winter semester 2020/21, however, no language courses and no language examinations are offered at the UdK Berlin.
Detailed information concerning the Berlin Career Courses can be found here.
Applicants granted admission to UdK Berlin who do not yet have the language level needed for matriculation can be enrolled temporarily for two semesters. During the first two semesters they have to participate in a German language course either at UdK Berlin or at language school at they own choice. No later than at the end of the second semester the language exam has to be passed successfully.
The "Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen der Technischen Universität Berlin" / Modern Language Center (ZEMS), located in close proximity to the central locations of UdK Berlin offers language classes too, also for enrolled students from other universities (depending on available capacities) in which they can participate as guest students and “Nebenhörer” (student enrolled at another university).
No tuition fees are payable at the UdK Berlin, with the exception of some advanced education master programmes. However, all current students at universities in Berlin have to pay a sum of approx. 300 euros per semester. This is made up of a social security contribution for the studierendenWERK BERLIN, contribution for student representation, registration and continuation fees, and a semester ticket (for use on public transport). For some study courses in the Colleges of Music and Performing Arts, a fee of 30 euros is also charged for participation in the admissions process.
The courses at the UdK Berlin have been adjusted to the Bachelor/Master study framework. However, there are still some artistic courses such as Fine Arts, Art and Media, Acting, Musical – Show and Writing for the Theatre which have been excluded from these changes. Here, the former qualifications (e. g. graduate) have been retained.
The title “Meisterschülerin” or ”Meisterschüler” it is the highest artistic accolade for particularly talented graduate of some artistic study courses. The title “Meisterschülerin” or “Meisterschüler” is awarded in the following programmes at the UdK Berlin: Fine Art, Visual Communication and Art and Media. A "Meisterschüler" programme is only open to graduates of the UdK Berlin. The study course Art and Media is the only exception to this rule – here, it is also possible for external applicants to apply for the "Meisterschüler" programme.
Each summer semester begins on 1st April; the teaching period is from mid April to mid July.
Each winter semester begins on 1st October; the teaching period is from mid October to mid February.
For those interested, the opportunity exists to take part in selected courses as a guest auditor or extra-mural student. The agreement of the relevant teacher must be obtained and a corresponding application must be submitted in the first four weeks of the semester.
The course catalogue of the UdK Berlin is available online. For some study programmes there are additional, annotated course catalogues – insofar as they are available online, you will find these on the pages of the revelant study courses; they can also be collected from the office of the relevant study course.
As a rule, there are no special preparation or portfolio courses at the UdK Berlin. However, the College of Fine Arts at the UdK Berlin offers so-called “Pre-Colleges”. These are open to all those interested in studying art at Berlin University of the Arts. On various dates, prospective students can get to know more about the college and its study programme in fine art as well as courses for future teachers of fine art.
The spectrum ranges from the chance to discuss individual works to tours through the college's specialist classes and workshops. Professors and tutors provide information about the artistic standards and introduce prospective students to their quality expectations.
The courses take place each autumn. As numbers are restricted, it is necessary to register in advance. The dates are published as from summer each year on the page of the Course Guidance Service.
In the field of music, Berlin's district music schools offer corresponding programmes to help prepare for study at the UdK. The State Music Academy (Landesmusikakademie) Berlin offers preparatory weekend courses at regular intervals in the field of music theory/aural training. As a rule, these are run by lecturers of the UdK Berlin
On the last weekend of each summer semester, as a rule in mid July, the “Rundgang” (open days) take place at the UdK Berlin.
We recommend a visit to the “Rundgang” in particular to those interested in studying in the fields of Fine Art, Architecture, Design, Visual Communication, Art and Media, Stage Design and Costume Design. More information, as well as each year's exact programme can be found on our homepage as from the end of June/start of July.
The music festival weeks of the UdK, “crescendo”, take place once a year, generally in May/June – a date of great interest to prospective students in the field of Music.
Also once a year, generally in January/February, an “Open Day” is organized especially for those interested in studying music to work as future teachers. Information on this can be found on the page of the Institute of Music Pedagogy.
In addition, public recitals and performances take place regularly during the semester in the Colleges of Music and Performing Arts.
All these dates can also be found in the events calendar of the UdK Berlin.
Students of the UdK Berlin can use opportunities for university sport at other universities, e.g. at the TU Berlin.
For several years now, the workshops “Ballroom Dancing for Beginners” (Standard-Latin) have been offered successfully offered at the UdK Berlin in the context of Berlin university sport.
The UdK Berlin has no student hostels of its own. Information about housing can be found here (German).
Further information about student halls of residence provided by the student welfare organization "studiendenWERK Berlin" can be found on the following site:
Students can apply to numerous German foundations for a grant.The brochure “Fiancing of studies” [German] is understood as a guideline and first orientation before the next step of contacting an organisation directly. The allocation of most grants takes place according to BAföG guidelines.
The UdK Berlin has no available budget funds with which to support students through regular grants. There are some UdK foundations – however, UdK students can only receive small amounts of funding from them in special circumstances. In our information about grants you will find an overview of these foundations, and an application form can be found on the last page of information. Unfortunately, we are unable to make recommendations or offer concrete assistance with the submission of application
Information about financing your studies can also be found at the Social Counselling ("Sozialberatung") of the studierendenWERK BERLIN.
Regarding special opportunities of financing available to foreign students, please enquire at the International Student Services at UdK Berlin.