The University of the Arts Bremen (HfK) offers study programmes in Fine Arts, Integrated Design, Digital Media as well as the artistic and artistic-pedagogic training at the Faculty of Music. The HfK also offers the choice to do a PhD at the Binational Artistic PhD-Program.

The Hanseatic city is a cosmopolitan, but at the same time cosy and traditional city on the river, characterised by northern German serenity, short distances, lots of greenery and a lively cultural scene. On the one hand, life in Bremen is like living in a vibrant big city – on the other hand, it is a "village with a tram", as locals sometimes say. Over 37,000 students are currently enrolled at Bremen's four public and five private universities. 

We try to give you a small impression of Bremen's diversity and at the same time provide some practical tips. 

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Good to know

Department 1, Office for Students, is the central contact address for all questions relating to applications, admissions, studies and examinations. From the study organisation to the application and admission process, enrolment and de-registration, to questions about taking a leave of absence from your studies, information about study and examination regulations/registrations, questions about BAföG as well as guest and secondary students, you will find advice and support here.


Contact General advice on studies

  • Email
  • Phone +49 421 9595-1113

Subject-specific study advice from teachers for students and prospective students

The colleagues at the faculties and the central administration welcome specific questions on studies.

Anyone who wants to study will sooner or later come across the term "European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System", short ECTS. But what does ECTS actually mean? This HfK explanatory film provides information.

Would you like to study as a guest at the University of the Arts Bremen? All information about admission requirements and application procedures can be found on the website of the International Office.

Students from other universities can only be admitted to individual courses as additional students for the duration of one semester if there is free capacity. 

Applicants who are not students can be admitted as guest auditors if there is space available, but only for the duration of one semester and only for specific courses.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The term times are always the same.

  • Winter semester: October 1st until March 31st
  • Summer semester: April 1st until September 30th

Every semester is divided into a study period of 15 to 17 weeks and a lecture-free period. 

Re-registration for the winter semester 2024 takes place in the period from 1.8. to 31.8.2024. Applications for leave of absence from studies and semesters abroad must also be submitted during this period. You can find applications in the portal. This may change the total amount of the semester fee. Please enquire about this in Department 1 – Student and Academic Affairs.

The semester fee for the winter semester 2024 is EUR 322,50

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All pertinent information on application periods, requirements and application criteria is available under Application.