For Ukrainian Students


Support for students affected by war.

Academy Executive Circular | March 7, 2022 |: (ger)
weißensee kunsthochschule berlin is deeply shocked by the war in Ukraine. We feel responsible to help students and prospective students who are endangered by the war. We would like to support all directly and indirectly affected students within the frame of our possibilities and are currently working intensively on the offer of study opportunities at weißensee kunsthochschule berlin.

On this page we have created an overview with the most important information, which will be updated regularly.
The General Student Advisory Service is the first point of contact if you are interested in studying art or design at weißensee kunsthochschule berlin. Together we will consider which support services best suit you. We advise you in detail about your study options. We coordinate and provide information on guest studies in your desired field as well as on the possibility of regular study through the university transfer procedure.
Prospective students are welcome to participate in the yearly application process for undergraduate degree programs. Application period 11/1-10/12.


Summer Program and Guest studies

The *foundationclass is a study preparation program at weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, where prospective students can learn about art and design, share their own artistic practice and build/reconstruct a strong portfolio to apply to German-speaking art and design schools.

Here you can find all information about the application and the summer program:

Contact: Paula Mariana Godinez Garcia


For students who are at risk due to a war and would like to continue their studies in Berlin, we offer a free guest study program. With a proof of your current or completed studies in Ukraine (or also in Russia or Belarus and other countries), interested students can apply for a guest student status.

To apply for guest studies and for further information on the courses offered, please contact Susan Lipp.

Admission to studies via university transfer

For art and design students who have come to Berlin as a refugee of the war in Ukraine, there is the possibility of a regular admission via the Hochschulwechsel/Transfer with the corresponding placement in a higher semester. Students and guest students affected by the war can apply in May and December 2022 for the coming semester. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of admission.

Interested students are welcome to contact the study advisor Susan Lipp!

Application to study (Fine arts and BA design programs for the 1st semester

People with refugee experience who aspire to study art or design and would like to study at weißensee are welcome to apply for the undergraduate degree programs from 11/1-10/12/2022 for the following winter semester (start October 23), more information can be found at:


Further addresses and study opportunities in Germany for people with refugee experience

Study opportunities for refugees:

Here you can also find offers from German art academies with open admission procedures for refugee artists and designers from Ukraine!

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides a good overview about study and funding opportunities in Germany:


Learn German in Berlin!

If you plan to study at a German institution of higher education on a regular basis, you will need to provide proof of language proficiency. For our offered guest studies you do not need German language skills, practical English skills are sufficient.

The Adult Education Center offers free language courses for people with refugee experience:

More info about language courses in Berlin can be found here!

Unfortunately, we do not offer language courses, but the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU), the Technical University (TU) and the Free University of Berlin (FU) are preparing offers for this purpose. Please inform yourself on the relevant pages of the universities:


Feel free to get in touch, we look forward to welcoming you!

Susan Lipp
Room A1.03

Personal office hours: by appointment only
Tel 030 47705 - 342 (Tue 10-15, Wed until 5pm CET)

The Student Advisory Service will be happy to assist you with the application process and course selection.


Psychosocial counseling for students in Berlin

Students who have been affected by the war and need assistance with their studies and applications are welcome to contact the staff of the Student Affairs Office:

Contact persons:
Student Counseling: Susan Lipp
*foundationclass: Paula Mariana Godinez Garcia
Psychosocial help to cope with all crises is offered by the StudierendenWERK Berlin. If you would like to take advantage of the psychotherapeutic counseling services, please inform yourself:
Here you can find the complete list of social psycholgical services in Berlin!
The website of Doctors in Berlin for Ukraine (Українська) for those affected.
Free gynecological care, psychological and social counseling for refugee women: (Українська)
Our >>compilation of the most important counseling centers as well as help offers in Berlin.

Arrival in Berlin: Important Information for Refugees from Ukraine

Information on registration, residence permits and further support from the City of Berlin at: (Ukrainian) (English)
The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs (BMI) has listed the most important questions and answers about entering the country from Ukraine on its website here.

Support and scholarships for refugee artists

Informative web portals in Berlin

Constantly updated information for the refugees, partially translated into Ukrainian and Russian: (Englisch) (Українська) (Englisch) (Українська)


Public transport in Berlin

Ukrainians can use public transport in Berlin free of charge. You must have a passport or a Ukrainian residence permit with you.