International applicants


Language Certificate – Information on admission and matriculation for international applicants

All applicants regardless the nationality are equate with in the application process, provided international applicants can submit a proof of German language proficiency with the online application:

minimum of the qualification level A2 for all undergrade programs and min. B1 for Master programs and transfer students in all departments. Please upload the recent proof you have.

The language of instruction is German in all our courses. As German is even the main language during the aptitude/admission test it is absolutely necessary to be provided with a sufficient knowledge of German language. Needless to say that most professors speak English very well, so in case of need, you may be able to explain your ideas, aims and motivation also in English.

After a positive decision, it must be presented a language certificate for the admission, by the beginning of the studies at the latest.

>For all BA degree programmes as well as Fine Art Painting and Sculpture and MA Spatial Strategies: either telc B2, Testdaf 3, DSH 1 or the B2 examination certificate from the Goethe Institute.

>For the MA Design programmes as well as Stage and Costume Design: either Testdaf 4, DSH 2, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, DSD II or the C1 examination certificate of the Goethe Institute.

The relevant language certificate must be submitted before the studies begin.


Study applicants do not have to provide proof, if they:

-are a german native speaker
-have passed successfully 10 years at a German school or has the Abitur in Germany
-have already obtained at a German school the entitlement to study at a university or college
-have passed the assessment test at a German preparatory course for foreign students
-or are transferring to weißensee as part of a university transfer from another German university or college

Recognition of certificates

The higher education entrance qualification and Bachelor's or degree certificates must be recognized in Germany. The general higher education entrance qualification is only required in the BA Design departments, unless the "special artistic aptitude" has been proven in the entrance exam. A secondary school leaving certificate is sufficient for Fine Arts courses. Your certificates will be checked directly here at the weißensee academy of art berlin.

You can check certificates yourself in advance in the database and in the DAAD admissions database (German/English).  You are also welcome to contact the Student Advisory Service. 

If the certificates are not issued in German or English, an officially certified translation must also be provided. Please upload the translated documents as a pdf together with the scans of the originals of your certificates. For admission, the certificates must be submitted in German or English and an officially certified copy in paper form. The admission periods for Fine Arts and BA Design are in April, for the Master's programs in July and for the Art Therapy program in January)

Applicants who are unable to provide proof of a higher education entrance qualification acquired in their home country due to flight may, under certain conditions, be granted a reduction in the burden of proof. The examination is carried out by the Department of Student Affairs.



Applicants from the People's Republic of China, Vietnam and India must include the original certificate confirming that the papers have been pre-checked by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS).

Please contact the respective APS office:

-> China

-> Vietnam

-> India


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Susan Lipp
General student advisory service
Room A1.03

Please send your request by e-mail 
or please contact us by phone: 030 47705 -342 (Tue - Thu 10 -15 h, Tue until 17 h).

Personal office hours:
Tue 14 - 17 h and Thu 10 - 12 h and by appointment
For a personal appointment, please contact us in advance by telephone or in writing.


Leoni Adams
Head of Academic Affairs and International Relations
room A1.13

mail: international(at)
fax: +49-30-47705-123

office hours: only on appointment.
In urgent cases write an e-mail.

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