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Application Process

How do I apply for an exchange semester at the UdK Berlin?

The UdK Berlin accepts exchange applications in the framework of ERASMUS+, SWISS MOBILITY PROGRAMME or BILATERAL AGREEMENTS. Only students from our partner institutions are eligible to come to our university as exchange students. They need to be nominated formally by their home university. Students will be accepted on the basis of the quality of their Portfolio /Recordings.

Free Mover applications cannot be considered.

Applications to all Courses of Study except Music / Voice / Jazz

Fine Arts, Art in Context, Architecture, Design & Computation, Product Design, Fashion Design, Visual Communication, Art and Media, Stage Design, Costume Design, Communication in Social and Economic Contexts (GWK), Teachers Training Theater, Drama Education, Creative Writing for the Stage, Dance:

1. Nomination by your Home University
Before you can apply at Berlin University of the Arts, your home university will formally nominate you. Please note that you cannot access our online application system without prior nomination!

Deadline: 31st March (winter semester) or 31st October (summer semester)

2. Student Application Period:
After your nomination, you will be contacted by the International Office of the UdK Berlin and are required to fill out and submit an online application form. The link will be provided by email and is accessible from 15th October.

15th March – 15th April  (winter semester) or 15th October – 15th November (summer semester)

The following documents need to be uploaded:

All students:
• CV
• Letter of Motivation

Students of:
Fine Arts, Art in Context, Architecture, Product Design, Fashion Design,Visual Communication, Art and Media, Stage Design, Costume Design:
• Portfolio
PDF only, we do not accept files larger than 10 MB!

Communication in Social and Economic Contexts (GWK):
provisional study plan
• German language certificate B1

Creative Writing for the Stage:
• play scripts


• Link to audition video (max. 10 min.)


3. Further application documents:
Deadline for supporting documents is 15th April or 15th November!
After submitting the online application you will receive an e-mail with further details about the application process. Some will be asked to e-mail further supporting documents – if necessary.

It is essential that the maximum data volume of the e-mail attachments does not exceed 8 MB unzipped!



Applications submitted after the deadline cannot be considered. We only accept completed applications with all required documents.

Courses of Study Music / Voice / Jazz

The 15th of April is the deadline for both semesters.
Later applications for the summer semester can only be considered if there are vacancies.
The decision on the placement in most cases can only be made after the entrance examinations for regular students in June / July.

For violin and piano you have to indicate which teacher you want to study with.

For the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB) only applications for the Bachelor, not for the Master are possible.

The following documents must be uploaded:
• Curriculum vitae
• Motivation letter

Additional requirements:

Instruments, vocals, music:
• Link to audio or video (youtube, vimeo etc.) of 3 pieces, preferably in different styles

Movement educuation / rhythmics:
• Link to audio or video (youtube, vimeo etc.) of a self-developed movement (solo) and an instrumental improvisation (solo or ensemble)

• Link to audio or video (youtube, vimeo etc.) of 3 pieces, preferably in different styles and an own, new composition

• Link to video

• scores

Sound engineering:
• samples of sound recording; a good command of German (B2) is required

Proposal of the study plan for instrumental studies

Proposal of a study plan for voice