Degree Seeking International Students

If you're a degree seeking student, you will have to go through the whole application process which is described below. If you want to spent a semester at the HBK Braunschweig with Erasmus, please contact the International Office. 

International Students

To study at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig), you must first apply through our online system before submitting your written application documents in hard copy. Applicants for degrees with a significant arts component will also be asked to submit a portfolio (see below).

Higher semesters

The HBK Braunschweig does not require an online application from students who are applying for a higher semester beginning in the summer. You can find more information about applying for a higher semester on the pages relating to the individual degree courses.

Online Application

All applicants must adhere to the application deadline for their chosen course. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

When submitting your hard copy application, please do not use ring-binders, folders or plastic wallets.

Detailed instructions on the online application process can be found at How to complete the online application.

Applicants can register for the application process from the end of January each year up until the relevant application deadline for courses beginning in the following winter semester. Registration is no longer possible after the application deadline has passed.

Artistic application procedure for undergraduate degree programmes

  • Diploma in Fine Art
  • Performing Arts/Bachelor of Arts
  • ART.Education/Bachelor of Arts
  • Visual Communication (also as a minor subject)/Bachelor of Arts
  • Design and Digital Cultures/Bachelor of Arts

All degree courses begin in the winter (autumn) semester.

International applicants must provide proof of language proficiency. The language certificate must be submitted together with the application documents.

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

The HBK Braunschweig is an academic university of the arts, with equivalent status to other universities. This means that for all undergraduate degree programmes, applicants must possess a qualification entitling them to study at university level, or Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB) in Germany. This is a legal requirement under the provisions of the Lower Saxony University Act (NHG). Only in the diploma degree programme in Fine Arts can the HZB be waived if an "outstanding artistic aptitude" is determined in the artistic admission procedure.

Master’s Degree Programmes

Applicants for a Master’s degree programme at the HBK Braunschweig must be in possession of a bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant subject as defined under the HBK Braunschweig’s access and admission regulations.

If an applicant has not yet obtained their bachelor degree by the application deadline, their application will be accepted for the selection process provided that the applicant has achieved a minimum number of credit points (ECTS). The minimum number of points is calculated according to their length of the course studied and is defined as 150 for a six-semester degree, 180 for a seven-semester degree and 200 for an eight-semester degree. Their provisional average grade will be used as a basis for the further selection process whether or not their final grade is the same. As part of their application, applicants must submit a letter from their university certifying the number of points obtained during their undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate degree in Fine Art (“Meisterschüler”)

Fine Art (Meisterschüler) applicants must be in possession of a Master's degree.

Qualifications obtained outside Germany will be evaluated under a system designed by the federal consortium of education ministers in Germany (The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany). The system used to assess the comparability of non-German qualifications is a database called anabin.

Applicants can view the criteria used to assess qualifications in the DAAD Database ,which contains the recommendations of the Standing Conference.

The HBK Braunschweig uses uni-assist, the working service point for international student applications, for an initial assessment of non-German qualifications. Uni-assist will evaluate your qualifications and issue a VPD, a preliminary review document.

Qualifications can be submitted to uni-assist for evaluation throughout the year, independently of the HBK Braunschweig application deadline.

Get information in advance (uni-assist)


DAAD-Scholars are kindly ask to contakt the International Office.

The application requirements vary depending on the degree programme and differ from those of international students without any scholarship. Please keep in mind, that all students enrolled for degree have to hand in C1 German language certificate, the only exemption for DAAD scholarshipholders is a longer submission deadline. Without such a certificate a final degree is impossible.


Susanne Fleischhacker
+49 531 391 9141