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Information for Refugees

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.

For more Information on the application and uni-assist procedures please contact Ms. Barbara Garnier at the following Email address: aaa_ .

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.  

Studierendenwerk Berlin:

The Studierendenwerk Berlin offers financial support for refugees, who have just started their studies in one of the universities and colleges of Berlin. For further Information on application please contact the Social Counselling Office of Studentenwerk

PLEASE NOTE that the application period for the "Study Starters Grant Programme" is from 1 September 2017 to 15 October 2017. This one-off grant amounts to €1,000.

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

Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals

Further Education - The Berlin Career College of UdK Berlin offers from November 2016 qualification for  refugees who have been working in the field of art and creativity, consisting of an introductory course and five complementary modules: music, cultural journalism, fine arts, performing arts and film. Participation is free of charge. Registration and further information here.

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. On the blog you can find our latest news, information about current projects at UdK and recommendations for events and weblinks providing information related to refugee support:



PLEASE NOTE that there is no consultation on 19.09,  26.09 and 03.10.2017. Many thanks for your understanding.  

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