The International Office serves a range of purposes: supporting students and teachers in planning a stay abroad; as well as assisting and helping foreign students as a first stop in Bremen.

The International Office provides information on the EU funding programme ERASMUS+ and the scholarships offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), as well as on language courses and education, plus other means to support students from abroad.

The International Office also coordinates the maintenance of international relations and the advancement of processes devoted to internationalisation at the HfK.

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  • Location Am Speicher XI 8
  • Room 3.06.020 / 3.06.030

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

and by appointment

Erasmus Code: D Bremen03

The University of the Arts Bremen (HfK) maintains partnerships with some 70 academic institutions abroad to facilitate student exchanges in a number of mobility programmes, as well as exchanges of teachers through the Erasmus+ programme. While they study abroad, students at the HfK will be enrolled at a partner university. Both institutions will waive tuition fees over the duration of the stay abroad. The HfK will charge a semester contribution providing for: a semester ticket, student services, contribution to student organisation, semester ticket for cultural institutions.

The list of partner universities, sorted by study programmes, is available here:

Students at the University of the Arts Bremen can avail themselves of studying abroad for a semester or two by using support such as the exchange programme ERASMUS+ (outgoings). 

The HfK also offers students from abroad to spend an exchange semester (incomings) or to complete full-time study programme in Bremen (see information on international full-time students).

A range of subsidies and scholarships facilitate mobility and the International Office is providing administrative support.

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  • Full-time studies for international students
  • Staff mobility
  • Learning languages

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

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

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

Click here for the current lecture times.

The HfK Bremen is a member of the European network for culture and education “Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen” (AEC). The network represents the interests of music academies and has 300 members in 55 countries.

Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen

The HfK Bremen is a member of the “Cumulus Association”, a network organisation to support education in the arts and design. Cumulus has 226 members in 49 countries.

Cumulus Association

The HfK Bremen is a member of ELIA, a network organisation to strengthen and support academic education across the arts. ELIA has some 250 members in 47 countries.

ELIA, Netzwerkorganisation zur Stärkung und Förderung der Hochschulausbildung

Participation in the ERASMUS+ programme is based on the ERASMUS Charter for Universities (ECHE) 2021–2027. 


Erasmus+ 2021–2027

The new Erasmus+ programme generation 2021–2027 is centred on digitalisation, Green Erasmus, inclusion and civic engagement. This section provides information on recognition, special funding and new programme components. 

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  • Digitisation
  • Green Erasmus
  • Inclusion
  • Civic Engagement
  • Recognition
  • Special funding / Social top-ups
  • Green Travel
  • New programme components
  • Erasmus+ programmes
  • Erasmus+ partner countries

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is one of the most important funding organisations for the exchange of students and scientists on an international level. It is financed from federal funds, primarily from the German Federal Foreign Office and the European Union. In addition to awarding scholarships, it also supports the internationalisation of universities, promotes and strengthens the German language abroad and advises institutions in education and development policy. Who we are – DAAD

The International Office of the University of the Arts Bremen annually applies to the DAAD programmes PROMOS and STIBET.

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  • STIBET – Scholarships for international students and doctoral students