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Application PHASE I: preparation

When applying, please choose an application TRACK 1, TRACK 2, or TRACK 3. Your choice can not be changed at a later point.


In case you hold a degree from a German university (TRACK 1) or do not have a university degree (TRACK 3) you can skip PHASE I and apply directly at Sound Studies and Sonic Arts during our application period in February (PHASE II).

Applicants holding a degree from a non-German university (international and EU)(TRACK 2) please first translate your university reports to German or English and apply for a Preliminary Review Documentation (VPD) at uni assist e.V. Then apply at the UdK.

Please be aware: You are responsible to apply for your VPD early enough to receive it in time for our application period in February. Please calculate at least  8 weeks processing time at uni assist e.V.

Also see the UdK International Applicants Guide for more detailed information.

Application PHASE II: application

The next possible application period, for the winter term 2023/24 is from February 1 - March 1, 2023. Only during these weeks will you be able to access the application form online and apply for the Sound Studies and Sonic Arts program.


1. Apply online 

Please create an account and apply online via the UdK Online Application Platform. Be aware: the application system can not handle hotmail, outlook or yahoo email addresses - please use different providers. 

Register online at the my.udk application platform ( during the application period. (The system cannot handle hotmail, outlook or yahoo email addresses - please use different providers). 

On this platform you can see whether your formal application documents have been received, if any are missing and your current applicant status. We strongly advise to agree to the online application system updates via email (during sign on) to be notified about your application stuatus, problems and decision! Otherwise you will have to sign in regulary to check.


After registration you will receive an email with your application number and login data.

The online application consists of two platforms: for all formal documents and for your artistic portfolio. Your login credentials are the same for and



2. Pay the application fee

Applicants are charged a fee of 30 euros for the application procedure including admission to all courses of study at the UdK Berlin.  This fee does not apply to teacher training programs in subjects for which the Senate Administration responsible for educational affairs has defined an urgent need for teachers at public schools. Proof of payment of the fee must be submitted with the application documents.

Please include a copy of the relevant bank statement with  the value date with your formal application documents (in case of transfer from abroad: deposit receipt). Other proofs (like a transfer order) are not accepted. Money paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances, even if the application is withdrawn or rejected. Your application documents will only be admitted to the application and admission procedures when proof is provided that the fee has been paid in full.  

Bank Account:

Kasse der UdK Berlin
Berliner Volksbank
IBAN: DE 72 1009 0000 8841 0150 46

Berliner Volksbank eG
Budapester Straße 35
10787 Berlin

Please indicate the following information in your bank transfer: 35/01036, your full name, your applicant's number, 


If transferring money from abroad: Please make sure that your bank transfer includes acceptance of all due costs (OUR – sender pays costs).



3. Compile and combine the following documents for the formal application on into one PDF file (max. 20 MB) (instructions:, video tutorial: * note: no need to print – we are digital only)

  • Bank statement (in case of transfer from abroad: deposit receipt, other proofs (like a transfer order) are not accepted, pay all applicable transfer fees) documenting payment of the application fee. 

  • Uni-assist e.V. Preliminary Review Documentation (VPD) (if applicable from PHASE I)

  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China must obtain a certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) in China. Please see the UdK International Applicants Guide for more information.

  • University reports and certificates (except for TRACK 3 applications) 

  • Proof of linguistic ability. The following proofs are accepted: COE, ALTE, IELTS Academic, Cambridge English Language Assessment: CAE, TOEFL CBT, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL iBT, degree from an English-speaking Bachelor/Master’s program, English as mother tongue (see our website for details)

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form (in reverse chronological order: education, professional experience with sound, other professional experience, artistic projects, publications, further information)

  • Record of professional experience and evidence of relevant professional experience in the field of sound.

  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page A4).


Upload these files in a PDF file (max. 20 MB) to your profile on between 1 February - 1 March. The application platform closes automatically on 1 March, 12 AM. Files can be uploaded and/or deleted until the end of this deadline.


4. Compile the following artistic documents for the upload on the portfolio server (instructions here:, pdf tutorial here: Your login credentials are the same for and

  • Work samples (no more than 5 samples that altogether sum up to a total length of a max. 20 min, labelled according to the given pattern: surname, first name, title of the work). Possible file formats are PDF (max. 200 MB!) and MP4, MOV, M4V, AIF, AIFF, WAVE, WAV, MP3, JPG, JPEG and PNG (2 GB max. per file). 
  • List of provided work samples with the following information: title, genre, length of project, year of creation, context, your role in the project, relation of chosen sample to whole project (PDF, max. 200! MB)

Upload these files to your profile on Bemus ( between 1 February - 1 March. A total of max. 10 files with a total volume of 20 GB may be uploaded. The application platform closes automatically on 1 March, 12 AM. Files can be uploaded and/or deleted until the end of this deadline.



If you have any questions please write us an email at

Application PHASE III: examination

Based on the submitted application documents, the admissions committee will ask candidates to take part in a one-day online entrance examination and interview in April. This examination tests the applicant’s ability to evaluate sound environments discursively and conceptually. It is followed by a personal interview.


(1) Candidates invited to the admission examination will be given a choice of exercise in the areas of art, design (design, architecture) or science (text). One week before the examination prospective students are to turn in title, abstract and all written work to the examination committee in digital form. During the admission interview, candidates are to present their work within 10 minutes.


(2) In case of an aptitude test (TRACK 3 only) the candidates will in addition receive an exercise to proof their capability of authoring a scientific work in the field of sound. This work is to be submitted in digital form one week before the admission exam.


(3) The admission interview will consist of the following aspects:

a)presentation of the submitted work from (1) and subsequent questioning
b) an oral examination in the field of Theory (auditive art and culture), Practice (sound art und auditive design), Listening (basic musical and technical aural skills) and audio technology
c) an interview about the candidates motivation for the study
d) in case of an aptitude test: an interview about the submitted work from (2)




Notices of admission will be given out in May.