In the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich (AdBK) cooperates with numerous European universities. To be accepted as an exchange student, your home university must have a cooperation agreement with the AdBK.

 

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 information about the studio workshops and the study programme.

 

The following study programmes are offered at the Academy:

 

 

Fact Sheet Erasmus+ AdBK Munich 2022-2023

 

APPLICATION

 

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


Please upload the following documents to our online portal:
 
• Curriculum Vitae

• Proof of language proficiency (minimum German B1 or English B1)*

• Passport size photo

• Copy of ID or passport

• Portfolio (pdf, max. 15 pages)

• Nomination letter/email from your home institution

  

*Courses are usually taught in German at AdBK Munich, therefore we recommend to have a basic understanding of German before applying. Individual advice is given also in English by teachers and students.

 

Application deadline
 

Winter semester 2023/24 May 15th,  2023
Summer semester 2024 May 15th,  2023


Please note that we have only one deadline for the whole academic year!

 

 

Decision Response

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

 

BEFORE COMING TO MUNICH

 

Congratulations on your acceptance!

 

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

 

  • Please fill out the Learning Agreement before your departure - you can find detailed instructions here. You will receive the template from your home university. For more information see "Learning Agreement"
  • 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 15th of September, for the summer semester by 15th of January. 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.
  • Health insurance: Health insurance is compulsory for a semester abroad in Germany. Enrolment is not possible without proof of insurance. Students from EU countries who are insured in their home country do not need additional health insurance. With the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), they can also go to the doctor here. Students from non-EU countries need additional German health insurance for the entire duration of their stay. Please inform yourself as early as possible. More information

 

Please note the semester dates:

Winter semester: 17.10.2022 – 10.02.2023

Summer semester: 17.04.– 21.07.2023

 

LEARNING AGREEMENT

 

Please complete the Learning Agreement before your departure - you can find detailed instructions here. You will receive the template from your home university. You can find an overview of the courses offered in the course catalogue (currently in German only). Please select your degree programme and the current semester (e.g. summer semester 2022) in the top right-hand bar of the course catalogue first. The courses offered across all degree programmes (so called "Studienübergreifendes Angebot") are open to all students. 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 course catalogue is usually published shortly before the semester starts, so please enter your main subject / class and the abstract names of the courses in the Learning Agreement Before the Mobility first.

 

Example for a Learning Agreement in the area of Fine Arts:


1. Artistic work in class / project work (only one “main” class à 15 ECTS can be registered here)
2. Workshop (e.g. new media, metal, wood, ceramics, etc.)
3. Theory

 

 

After you have completed the Learning Agreement, it must be signed by the chair of the examination board of your degree programme. These are:


Fine Arts: Prof. Hermann Pitz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Art Education: Prof. Dr. Sandra Schäfer (until 30.09.2022), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Prof. Tanja Widmann (01.10.2022 - 31.03.2023), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Prof. Dr. Ursula Rogg (01.04.2023 - 30.09.2023), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Interior Architecture: Prof. Katja Knaus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Architecture: Prof. Carlo Baumschlager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

After your arrival you can add, delete or change courses / seminars in the 2nd part of the Learning Agreement (During the Mobility), if necessary. Then you can also add the concrete name of the course / seminar. Please have the 2nd part of the Learning Agreement signed again by your home university and the responsible person of your degree (see above).

 

At the end of your stay, please have the third Learning Agreement (After the mobility) signed by all parties (you, your home university, the responsible person of your degree) and then submit it to the Examination Office responsible for you. You will then also receive the Transcript of Records from the Examination Office.

 

 

Contact Examination Office:

 

Fine Arts / Architecture: Kristin Brunner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interior Architecture: Andrea Schulz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Art Education: Martina Mitterer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Guideline Learning Agreement

 

 

COURSES AND ECTS-CREDITS

 

1. Fine Arts / Art Education

The Fine Arts programme at the Academy is based on the class system, meaning that each student is initially assigned to a class and a specific professor. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of so-called "cross-curricular offers" (Studiengangsübergreifendes Angebot) (e.g. theory courses, interdisciplinary studies, study workshops, life drawing and various teaching assignments). The following list is an overview of the possible credits you can obtain by taking courses / seminars or workshops. In the area of Fine Arts / Art Education the following applies: As a rule, you will receive 15 ECTS credits for the work in the class in which you are studying (provided successful participation). 

 

ECTS credits

  Activity

15

Work in class (only one “main” class à 15 ECTS can be registered here)

5

Project work in class

4-6

Work in study workshops (2 ECTS per workshop)

4-6

Theory courses, lectures etc.

 

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

 

You can find an overview of the study programme Art Education here. (In German only)

 

 

 

2. Interior Architecture

On the homepage of the Interior Architecture programme you will find detailed information on the modules and courses offered.

Overview:

Bachelor: Module and Course Overview / Timetable (Winter semester 2021/22 & Summer semester 2022) - in German only

Master: Module and Course Overview / Timetable (Winter Semester 2021/22 & Summer Semester 2022) - in German only

 

For questions regarding the content of the courses, please contact Christoph Hilger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

 

3. Architecture and Art

The Master's programme Architecture and Art is aimed at design-oriented students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in architecture. The prerequisite is a pronounced interest in building culture, the design process as well as interdisciplinary work in an artistic environment in order to consolidate and deepen this during the Master's programme. The teaching content of the degree programme is predominantly project-oriented. The homepage of the class of Carlo Baumschlager provides an overview of the degree programme. Further information can be found in the module handbook (in German only). Every semester students must take two modules:

 

1. Free format Architecture and Art (15 ECTS credits) (modules 1-3a)

These modules are designed as interdisciplinary research and artistic work.

 

2. Architectural Project work (15 ECTS credits) (modules 1-3b)

These modules are architectural project works. Based on a clearly defined work structure, theses, strategies or design concepts are examined, developed and completed. Essentially, urban planning, construction, building envelope, technology, function and atmosphere are dealt with.

 

If you have any questions about the content of the courses, please contact Philipp Wündrich (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

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.

 

VISA AND 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 at the District Administration Office - Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) within the first two weeks of your arrival and deregister once your stay is over. More information on registration below.

 

1. Students from the EU and the EEA

If you come from a country of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you do not need a residence permit. You only need to register your residence with the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) within the first two weeks of your arrival and deregister after your stay has ended. For more information see "Residence Registration" below.

 

 

2. Students from third countries who are enrolled at a university in the EU

Within the framework of EU mobility, you can also study in other member states for up to 360 days with a residence permit for study purposes. If you already have a residence title for study purposes from another member state, you do not need a German residence title. Your residence title must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Germany. The German higher education institution must notify the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of your stay beforehand. This should be done as soon as your intention to study in Germany is known. In any case, the notification must be received in full 30 days before your entry. You do not need to appear in person at the Foreigners' Registration Office. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will issue you with a certificate confirming your entitlement to stay. The certificate is declaratory and not absolutely necessary for entry.

 

In this case, the Academy requires the following documents from you:

 

  • Residence permit from the first EU state (issued for study purposes and in accordance with the REST Directive).
  • recognised, valid passport/passport replacement (copy only)
  • Proof of participation in an EU or multilateral programme (e.g. Erasmus) with mobility measures or the agreement between the higher education institutions
  • Admission from the host higher education institution
  • Proof of financial means of subsistence (incl. proof of health insurance), e.g. Grant agreement, financial support by family members, blocked account incl. current bank statement

 

Please send these documents by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 July (Winter semester) / 01 February (Summer Semester) at the latest. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Further information

 

 

3. 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.

 

If you wish to study in Germany for more than 3 months, you must then apply for a residence permit in Germany at the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde).  Please see further information below.

 

 

4. International students from countries that require a visa for entry

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.

 

 

3. & 4.: Applying for a residence permit

First register your residence at the District Administration Office - KVR (detailed information see below "Residence Registration"). 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 euros)
  • 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 in this Guide for Foreign Students.

 

Further Information on visa regulations

 

You can find further useful tips on the Study in Germany page. If you have any questions, the International Office will be happy to help.

 

ACCOMODATION IN MUNICH

 

We recommend that you start looking for accommodation in Munich as early as possible. 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 some rooms in students halls that are distributed by lottery. Please indicate whether you are interested when you apply. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a room to every exchange student. If you are selected for a room in a student hall, we will notify you.

 

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 in Munich, you must register with the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) within 2 weeks of your arrival. More information below.

 

RESIDENCE REGISTRATION 

When moving to Munich to take up permanent residence – that is, if you stay for more than three month – you must register your address within two weeks of your arrival at the District Administration Office - Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR)For registration you need an appointment, which you can book here: Online appointment. (Please chose "Meldeangelegenheit", then "An-/ Ummeldung Einzelperson" and a Citizen Office (so called "Bürgerbüro")).

 

The Citizens Offices in Munich ar part of the District Administration Office - Kreisverwaltungsreferat and have six office locations in Munich. You may chose the office that has the most convenient location for you. All office locations are listed here.

 

You need to register in person or you may give another person a letter of authorisation to register on your behalf. For the registration they need your valid passport or identification card. In addition you need to present a written confirmation by your landlord or property owner. This so-called "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" has to be filled out and signed by the landlord or property owner of your accommodation. If you authorise another person to register you they have to present your authorisation letter, their passports or identity cards, your passport or identity card, the Registration Form filled out and signed by you and the so-called "Wohungsgeberbestätigung", filled out and signed by the landlord or owner of your accommodation.

 

You will receive a written confirmation of registration. This proof of registration is often required by other institutions or authorities.

 

Required documents:

Registration form

Landlord's confirmation (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) (*if you live in a student hall of the Munich Student Union, you will receive this confirmation automatically from the Student Union)

Passport / ID 

 

Registration is free of charge.

 

 

Change of Address

Each subsequent change of address within Munich must also be registered with the Citizen Office. You need to register in person or you may authorize another person to register for you.

 

De-registration

Please remember to de-register when you leave Germany. You will need the following form and your passport: 

De-registration form

 

More information

 

ARRIVAL IN MUNICH

 

Welcome to Munich!

 

After your arrival, please contact the International Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Email to make an appointment and pick up your study documents. You will also receive your student ID. In order to take courses at the AdBK Munich, you must register at the student portal MyCampus. You will get more detailed information once you finished your enrolment. You can also find instructions (in German & English) here. We have also put together a short guide for you: Guideline MyCampus

 

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.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

German courses

The Academy works together with the language school "Deutschkurse bei der Universität München". Information on courses, prices and their cultural programme can be found here.

 

Info sheet

Information on public transport in Munich, where to buy artistic material etc. can be found under Downloads.

 

Newsletter

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.

 

Sports

As a student of the AdBK Munich you can participate in the program of the Central University Sports (ZHS). The ZHS offers sports from the areas of ball & game sports, mountain & climbing sports, fitness & health sports, martial arts, dance, trend & leisure sports, gymnastics & athletics, water sports and winter sports. Information on course times, registration and course booking can be found on the ZHS website.

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact us via Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.