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Information for student applicants at risk

Updated on 12.03.2024

Studies - I am interested in studying at the UdK Berlin

1. General information
Here you can find detailed Information on the degree programmes at UdK Berlin.

    2. Workshop-Series “How to Study at UdK Berlin”
    These workshops provide information to prospective students, students and artists at risk about studying at the UdK Berlin and what it has to offer.

    - Here you will find the next How-to-Study Workshops:

    - Here you will find How-to-Study-prasentations classified by colleges (updated on Nov. 2023):

    Application - How do I apply to study at the UdK Berlin?

    Information for an application to the UdK Berlin can be found here.

      Guest students - Can I take courses at the UdK Berlin even though I am not enrolled?

      Prospective student applicants at risk can take part in the following courses as "GASTHÖRER*INNEN+" (Guest auditors) at UdK Berlin:

      Moreover, it is possible for guest auditors to take part in examinations and have this certified by the lecturers.

      The application period for the summer semester 2024 is from 1 April to 15 May 2024.

        How can I sign up for this programme?

        •     Fill in the application form for guest auditor+ status.
        •     Contact the lecturer(s) of your choice and ask whether you can attend the course/ the artistic class.
        •     Have the application signed. Lecturers can also send the permission to attend by e-mail (as an alternative to a signature).
        •     Submit the application and the documents required to the Registration and Examination Office (IPA)

        Here you can find the guest auditor + application form as well as further information on the conditions of participation.


        Change of university - I have already studied an artistic subject and would now like to continue this at the UdK Berlin. Is that possible?

        In order to continue your studies at the UdK Berlin, an application and participation in an artistic aptitude test is required. You can find all information about applying to the UdK Berlin here. A decision on the recognition of study and examination achievements will be made after successful admission.

        Certificates - Due to my flight, I no longer have any documents (especially school or university certificates). What do I do now?

        If you are unable to submit the required certificates, uni-assist can check whether you are allowed to study at a German higher education institution on the basis of the information you provide on your school or higher education qualifications in the uni-assist online portal (plausibility check). A self-disclosure form will then be sent to you by uni-assist by post.

        Here you can find information about the degree programmes that require a preliminary check by uni-assist.

        Here you can find the FAQ for refugee applicants on the uni-assist website.

        German language skills - Can I study at the UdK Berlin without German language skills?

        German language skills are required for most degree programmes at the UdK Berlin. Information on the language level required for your degree programme can be found here. Some degree programmes are offered in English (Master Solo/Dance/Authorship), Master Sound Studies and Sonic Arts, Master Jazz, Meisterschüler*in Kunst und Medien).

        If you already have a basic knowledge of German, you can easily take an OnSET at one of the Berlin test centres. Please note that the OnSET is only accepted for application purposes.

        Here you can find the list of accepted language certificates for application and study at the UdK Berlin.

        Contact - Where can I turn if I have questions about studying and applying to the UdK Berlin?

        UdK Student Advisory Service offers specific support to students and prospective students at risk during the application process and throughout the entire course of study.

        Further information and contact details can be found here.

        Programmes- Are there currently special programmes at UdK Berlin?

        Below you will find various programmes for students applicants at risk at the UdK Berlin:

              see above
        • Workshop series "How to Study at UdK Berlin".
          These workshops gives information on application and specific programmes at UdK Berlin to prospective students, students and artists at risk. More information on registration and the topics can be found here.
        • Common Ground
          This student initiative promotes networking between students and people in exile to make tangible the possibilities of personal and artistic development through study at an art college. Its main activities include the workshop series "How to Study"and the mentoring programme "Common Ground Studio". These projects are funded by the DAAD Welcome Programme and the Faculty of Fine Arts. More information can be found here.

        Centre for Student Refugees at the "StudierendenWERK Berlin"

        StudierendenWERK Berlin has set up the "Centre for Student Refugees", a coordination centre for refugee students and prospective students affected by the war in Ukraine.

        There, refugee students and prospective students receive initial orientation on taking up and/or continuing their studies as well as support for successful studies in Berlin.

        Further information can be found on the page of studierendenWERK Berlin: