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Most of the courses are taught in English. In some cases, depending on demand, the courses might be taught in both English and German. Most of our instructors speak both languages fluently.

Our courses start on June 6th, and end on October 15th, 2021.

Roughly, courses length varies from three days up to 6 days / two weeks. However, most of them run for about a week.

In 2021 we offer you a wide selection of inspiring workshops in various artistic disciplines such as Music, Design, Performing Arts, and Fine Arts and inbetween.

The fee depends on the duration of the course and generally the prices vary from 290 to 650 EUR. For price information, please visit the course page directly.

Unfortunately, we do not award ECTS credits, but upon completion of our summer courses we issue official certificates.

For certificate recognition, please consult the respective student office at your university.

Unfortunately, we do not offer full fellowships for our programms. We offer alumni discounts and partial scholarships ourselves while the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the European Social Fonds are also awarding education grants.

Apart from this we encourage you to consult international grant and support programs for information about external fellowships.

As to alumni discount, we reward you with a 100 EUR Alumni discount of the course fee (or final fee if you register for more than one course). Participants who register for several courses will get a 50 EUR discount of the final price.

Please, visit our scholarships page for more information.

No, unfortunately you can't. Even though based at the UdK, the BSUA operates an independent course program. Therefore, acceptance into or participation in the BSUA or ISSCE doesn't imply or constitute acceptance as a degree candidate to the UdK Berlin.

How do I apply?

Online registration is possible via our website. Please follow the instruction:

1) click "Workshops" tab;
2) choose the field and the course;
3) click "Add the course to shortlist";
4) click "Register" and fill out the registration form.

Upon submission, you will automatically receive an email confirmation enlisting courses you have chosen. We do our best to process registrations as quickly as possible, however, it can sometimes take three to four days until we get back to you.

Please note that some courses have additional admission requirements and your application is considered incomplete until you have submitted all required documentation.

The admission requirements vary from course to course. Please check the course page you are interested in for further details. General application requirements include a motivation letter and current CV. Also, your application for a course is not complete until you have submitted all required documentation. Please visit our registration page for more details.

Upon submission, you will automatically receive an e-mail confirmirming your online registration and listing the courses you have chosen. We do our best to process registrations as quickly as possible, however it can take 3 to 4 days until we get back to you.

The invoice shall be due for payment net within 30 days after being issued unless any different regulation has been agreed.

If your budget or financial situation requires a payment by instalments, please leave us a message in the comment section of the registration form.

Please note that right now we are only accepting bank transfers. Payments with credit card, PayPal or similar payment methods are not possible.

These documents are required so that the instructors have a chance to review the applicants before the course starts and, if applicable, specifically tailor special content to meet needs and desires of the participants. Please note that your application for a course is not complete until you have submitted all required documentation.

We do not stipulate specific requirements for the letter of motivation, however good examples usually attempt to answer at least the following four questions:

– Why do you want to participate in the BSUA programme?
– What personal and/or academic background qualifies you for the chosen course(s)?
– What do you expect to gain from the course(s) you are applying to?
– How do you plan to apply the gained knowledge upon completion of the course, e.g. after returning to your home city/country and/or job?

After receiving your payment, we can send you an invitation letter (a pdf file), if necessary. Please let us know in the comments section of the online registration form should you require such a letter.

We can also send the document by standard airmail if desired (no additional costs). Please note however that any added costs and/or additional fees for express post services must be paid by the recipient.

Please be sure to enter your postal address correctly! We cannot be responsible for any delays resulting from incorrect information submitted to us.

It is strongly recommended to make an appointment at the embassy as soon as possible and to inquire as early as possible about visa requirements.

Here UdK COVID-19 Information you will find all the important information regarding the coronavirus and the immediate measures taken at the Berlin University of the Arts.


If you withdraw from the course prior to the registration deadline, you'll be charged an administration fee of 25 €. If you withdraw from the course after the registration is closed, no refund is possible.

Any cancellation must be carried out in writing either by (e)mail or fax no later than the application deadline.

In case of the course cancellation by the Berlin Summer University of the Arts, the applicants receive notification no later than 14 days before the course is scheduled to begin. Paid course fees will be fully refunded. Any further claims are excluded.

COVID-19 Withdrawal Policy

Participants who registered for an on-site course, but are prevented from entering Germany due to German government restrictions can cancel their registration free of charge. The cancellation needs to be submitted immediately in writing either by mail or by fax, upon request including proof of the travel ban and no later than one day before the start of the respective course. All fees paid by the participant up to that date will then be fully reimbursed (except banking fees). This regulation does not apply for online courses.


Are the course venues wheelchair accessible?

Yes, most of the university buildings are completely accessible, however some courses include outings around the city, where we are unable to guarantee accessibility. Please contact us mentioning the course(s) you are interested in and we would be happy to provide you more detailed information.

Most of the courses take place in the UdK buildings located in Charlottenburg, however some courses also include interactive outings around the city.

In our online courses you will meet all participants in a virtual classroom. We use usually BigBlueButton for interactive course sessions.

For our online courses you need usually access to internet (good connection), an updated browser (Firefox or Chrome), headset and of course a computer or laptop. We recommend to research some tutorials of BigBlueButton and to check your facilities in advance.

I'm a non-EU citizen. Do I need a visa?

As none of our courses runs longer than a month, a student visa is not required. In most cases, a tourist visa is sufficient for participation in the BSUA.

Please, consult the German consulate in your country to figure out which type of visa you need and which documents have to be provided.

Unfortunately, we can't. As the BSUA offers short-term summer courses and not a full-time education, we are unable to sponsor student visa applications.