Students who are currently enrolled at one of our Partner Universities worldwide are able to come to the Academy of Fine Arts Munich (AdBK Munich) on student exchange for up to two semesters. Students must be nominated by their home universities to be eligible for the program and must show a high degree of proficiency in their chosen field of studies. Students are expected to use their time to continue their studies in a new environment, by taking part in courses or projects and to explore the different possibilities available at the Academy. Students accepted in the Partner University Exchange program are solely responsible for funding their exchange studies.

 

The study at the Academy is mainly organized in class associations. Overall, the Academy accommodates twenty-five classes, led by professors, who each stand for an individual approach to contemporary fine art. These classes are complemented by twenty study workshops and a library, as well as seminars and lectures in art science, philosophy, and didactics. The workshops – as well as seminars, guest lectures, and excursions are open to students of all disciplines. Approximately 800 students are currently enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Each student is assigned to a class of his/her choice, selected during the admission process.

Information on the professors and their classes can be found here, as well as a list of the studio workshops and the study programme.


The exchange coordinator at your home institution must confirm your nomination to the Academy of Fine Arts Munich by email or letter. Applications from students who are not nominated will not be processed.

 

 

 

Fact Sheet Bilateral Agreement AdBK Munich 2022-2023

 

 

Main contact at International Office: 

Johanna Aigner, Institutional Exchange Coordinator
Akademiestr. 2-4, D-80799 Munich, GERMANY
Phone: +49 89 3852 145
Fax: +49 89 3852 233
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APPLICATION

 

If you want to apply to the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, please first make sure that your home university has a bilateral agreement with the Academy in Munich.

 

All applications of exchange students have to be submitted online. For this purpose, students have to register for an application account. This can be done any time after the official beginning of the application period.

 

 

The application deadline for the year 2022/2023 has expired.

In order to apply students should upload the following documents to our online portal:

  • Nomination Letter or Email
  • Passport sized picture
  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • CV
  • Portfolio (15 pages max.)
  • Proof of language proficiency (minimum B1 German or English B1)*

 * Courses are usually taught in German at AdBK Munich. Some courses and individual advice are given also in English. However, we strongly recommend to have a basic understanding of German before applying.  

 

Application and Nomination Deadlines
Winter Term 2022/23 & Summer Term 2023: May 15th, 2022No late applications can be accepted.

 

Decision Response
At the beginning of June a commission of professors decides on the admission of incoming exchange students. A letter of acceptance will be mailed immediately after the decision.

 

 

 

COURSES AND ECTS-CREDITS

 

You can find an overview of the courses offered in the course catalogue. Please select your degree programme first. The courses offered across all degree programmes (so called "Studienübergreifendes Angebot") are open to all students. In addition, please select the current semester (e.g. summer semester 22) in the top right-hand bar of the course catalogue. Registration for the courses does not take place via the course catalogue, but via the student portal MyCampus. You will receive the access data for this after your enrolment, i.e. after your arrival in Munich.

 

The following list is an overview of the possible credits you can obtain by taking the individual courses / seminars or workshops. In the area of Fine Arts the following applies: As a rule, you will receive 15 ECTS credits for the work in the class in which you are studying. 

 

ECTS credits

  Activity

15

Work in class

5

Project work in class or studio workshops

4-6

Work in studio workshops (2 ECTS per studio workshop)

4-6

Theory courses, lectures etc.

 

Please note: At the AdBK Munich grades in the area of Fine Arts are only awarded on request. Please inform the professor / studio workshop leader at the beginning of the semester in case you need a grade so that the requirements for awarding grades can be discussed.

 

The following applies to all study programmes: Please note that most of the courses are offered in German. Teachers and students also offer individual advice in English.

 

A Transcript of Records will be issued at the end of the exchange.

 

Grading system:
A 1 ausgezeichnet (excellent)
B 2 sehr gut (very good)
C 2-3 gut (good)
D 3 zufriedenstellend (satisfactory)
E 4 ausreichend (acceptable)
FX 5 mangelhaft (not acceptable)
F 6 nicht bestanden (failed)

 

BEFORE DEPARTURE

 

Congratulations on your acceptance!

 

Before you come to Munich, there are a few things to do:

  • Please transfer the administrative fees to the AdBK Munich in time. You will receive information about the bank details by email after you have been accepted. These fees must be paid for each semester you spend at the Academy. For the winter semester, please transfer the amount by 01 October, for the summer semester by 01 February. You can find the exact amount here. It consists of a contribution to the Munich Student Union and a basic semester ticket for Munich's public transport system. You can find more detailed information on the semester ticket here, on the website of the MVG and the Munich Student Union. Severely disabled students can be exempted from the fee. In this case, please contact the International Office.
  • Please send us a digital passport photo for your Student ID via Email.

 

Please note our semester dates:

Academic year 2021/22: Summer semester: 25.04. - 29.07.2022

Academic year 2022/23:  Winter semester: 17.10.2022 – 10.02.2023, Summer semester: 17.04.2023 – 21.07.2023

  

VISA & RESIDENCE PERMIT

Depending on the country you come from, there are different regulations regarding visas and residence permits. Please find out in good time whether you need a visa. As a general rule, you must register with the District Administration Office - Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) within the first two weeks of your arrival and deregister once your stay is over.

 

 

1. International students from countries that do not require a visa for entry

Students from certain countries do not need a visa to enter Germany. On the website of the Federal Foreign Office you can always check whether your home country is one of these countries. These countries currently include (as of August 2021): Andorra, Australia, Great Britain, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, USA. You must register with the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) after your arrival in Germany, once you have found accommodation. If you intend to stay in Germany for longer than three months and did not require a visa to enter Germany, you must apply for a residence permit within three months of your arrival. Further information see below.

 

 

2. International students from countries that do require a student visa
All other students are required to apply for a student visa. This is usually issued for a period of 3 months. Please allow sufficient time to apply for the visa in your home country, as processing can take months. You can find the addresses of the German missions abroad on the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office. If you intend to stay in Germany for longer than three months, you must apply for a residence permit within three months of your arrival.

 

More information

 

 

1. & 2: Appliying for a residence permit
International students who come from a country outside the EU or the EEA and want to stay in Germany for longer than three months must apply for a residence permit. Unlike the student visa, you only apply for the residence permit once you have arrived here and enrolled at the AdBK Munich. First register at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt). You can then apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office. You must go to the office in person to apply for a residence permit. The residence permit is issued in the form of an "electronic residence title". This is a card with an integrated chip in which certain data, including a passport photo and fingerprints, are stored. The residence permit is usually issued for at least one year.

 

You will need the following documents:

  • Valid passport, possibly with visa
  • Confirmation of registration from the Residents' Registration Office
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Certificate of enrolment
  • Money for the fee (110 Euro)
  • Proof of financing, e.g. Grant agreement, financial support by family members, blocked account incl. current bank statement
  • possibly tenancy agreement
  • Biometric passport photos

 

You can find more detailed information and contact persons on the website of the Munich Foreigners' Registration Office and here.

 

 

You can find further useful tips on the Study in Germany page. 

 

Our institution will provide assistance, when required, in securing visas for incoming students. In case you need assistance, please contact Johanna Aigner, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! 

 

 

ACCOMODATION IN MUNICH

 

We recommend that you start looking for accommodation in Munich early. Finding an affordable room or flat in the city is difficult, especially in the winter semester when many first-year students from Germany also come to Munich. The International Office of the AdBK Munich in cooperation with the Munich Student Union offers a number of rooms in students halls that are distributed by lottery. Please indicate whether you are interested in this when applying. However, unfortunately we cannot offer a room to every incoming student. We have compiled a number of tips and useful links on finding accommodation for you in this information sheet: Accomodation in Munich

We also recommend that you contact the Munich Student Union.

 

Once you have found a room/flat in Munich, you must register with the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) within two weeks of your arrival. On their homepage you will find a list of the required documents.

 

ARRIVAL IN MUNICH

Welcome to Munich!

 

After your arrival, please contact Ms. Sylvia Heck (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) by email to make an appointment and pick up your study documents. You will also receive your student ID there. 

 

In order to take courses or workshops at the AdBK Munich, you must register for the student portal MyCampus. You will get more detailed information once you finished your enrolment. You can also find instructions (in German & English) here.  

 

In the first week of the semester, the International Office will organise a Welcome Day including a tour of the workshops, classrooms and the library. You will receive more detailed information by email after your arrival.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Health Insurance: Incoming students need proof of a valid health insurance equivalent to the German statutory health insurance (EHIC Card). Travel insurances are usually not sufficient. Without proof of health insurance, enrolment at the Academy is not possible. Please inform yourself before your arrival. More information.
  • German courses: The Academy works together with "Deutschkurse an der Universität München". Information on courses, prices and their cultural programme can be found here.
  • Information on public transport in Munich, where to buy artistic material etc. can be found under Downloads.
  • If you would like to receive information about events at the Academy, exhibitions, job offers, etc., we recommend that you subscribe to the mailing list of the Student Council. You can subscribe and unsubscribe here.