International applicants

Information on admission and matriculation for international applicants

In application proceedings, there are no differences between Germans, EU-Citizens or other international applicants, provided international applicants can submit a proof of German language proficiency with the application form: minimum of the qualification level A2/B1 for the Fine Arts programs and B1/B2 for Design departments.

The language of instruction is German in all our courses. As the aptitude/admission test will be also carried out in German 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 the ideas, aims and motivation also in English.

After a positive decision, it must be presented a language certificate for the admission: for example TestDaF 4, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, DSH 2 or the language proof of the Goethe Institition (qualification level C1) for Design departments; and Testdaf 3, DSH 1 or the certificate of the Goethe Institition (qualification level B2) for the Fine Arts study programs.

In exceptional cases, a proof of the exam registration or a certificate of the B2/C1 - course is also sufficient for the time being. The relevant language certificate must be submitted before the studies begin.

Recognition of certificates

Foreign higher education entrance qualifications (allgemeine Hochschulreife) as well as the certificate of Bachelor or Diploma must be recognised as equivalent to the German general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification. An exemption from this is possible if you have a "special artistic aptitude" and its is declared in the notification for the result of the aptitude test. Applicants for the Fine Art programs can be accepted without a higher education entrance qualification (allgemeine Hochschulreife), if they provide a certification from a college preparatory secondary school. The equivalence of your secondary school certificates as well as your university degrees will be carreid out directly here at weißensee school of art and design.

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


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Susan Lipp
general course guidance

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