Enrollment, health insurance and immigration


After passing the qualifying examination, students can begin their studies in the winter semester. Enrollment is a prerequisite for taking up studies. For enrollment you need to present:

  • a valid identity card or passport
  • proof of health insurance
  • proof of language skills (English TOEFL JBT and/or German A1)

Upon enrollment, a fee of 67 € per semester must be paid to the Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Once enrollment has been completed, students are bound by the provisions of the Bayerisches Hochschulinnovationsgesetz (BayHIG) and the Academy’s study statutes in their current form.


Health insurance

Public health insurance plans from the following countries are also valid in Germany: all member states of the European Union, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Tunisia, and Turkey.
With your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), any medical treatment you require in Germany is covered.

Private or public health insurance plans from other countries may also be recognized in Germany. You need to inquire with your health insurance provider before leaving home.

In case it is recognized, you will need a confirmation letter from a German health insurance provider that certifies that you are insured and exempted from German public health insurance coverage. Please ask the International Office about which German health insurance provider to contact.

In case you need to find a health insurance plan, the International Office can also point you to a reliable health insurance provider.


Immigration for international students

If you are a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland you only need a valid ID card or comparable document to enter Germany.

Otherwise you will need a visa. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers detailed information on obtaining a student visa.

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Application and Acceptance Process

How to apply at the AdBK Nürnberg


Depending on the subject you select, various admission requirements must be fulfilled, including an artistic-creative aptitude which you must demonstrate on the basis of your portfolio and in the aptitude test. An online application tool will be activated at the beginning of the application phase:

  • Master’s program Live Art Forms (March 1st - April 15 th, 12:00 noon).
  • Diploma Visual Arts and Art Education (March 15th - April 15 th, 12:00 noon).

The digital application should be a digitised portfolio with a physical form as a starting point, provided the original work was created in analogue form.

The online application portal will is opened applications. 


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  • Declaration form (Declaration that the submitted works have be produced unaided)




Students changing university

Transfer students in the Fine Arts and Gymnasium Art programs require the same qualifications as regular students. An application for a change of university is only possible if you are enrolled at a university of fine arts within Germany or the EU at the time of application and wish to continue your studies with us. If you have successfully completed the basic studies or a probationary period at a university of fine arts within Germany or the EU, you can be exempted from the oral examination upon application. The application deadlines in this case are January 15 (cut-off deadline) if you begin your studies in the following summer semester and May 15 (cut-off deadline) if you begin your studies in the following winter semester. If you are interested, please contact the Student Secretariat for further information and to clarify the details.


Visting students

Visiting students may only attend the life drawing course and art history lectures. In principle, visiting students require the same qualifications as regular students, but the academy is entitled to make exceptions in special cases. 



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Artistic Classes

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Art Education

Subject Art for secondary schools

Live Art Forms

Performative Practices Master's Program


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Study Grant Programs

Scholarships, sponsorships and awards

University calendar

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International Office

Erasmus+, PROMOS and Stibet Programs

Courses and guidance

range of courses and course guidance services

Application and Acceptance Process

How to apply at the AdBK Nürnberg

Deadlines for application

Apply until April 15th 2025, 12:00 noon


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Equal Opportunities, Inclusion and Diversity

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Opening hours


Opening Hours:

lecture period: Monday till Friday, 7.30 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday  9 a.m.-1 p.m.

lecture break: Monday till Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. / Friday, 8 a.m.- 2.30 p.m.


Opening Hours:

Monday till Thursday, 8-12 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. / Friday, 8-12 a.m. and 1-2.30 p.m.


Opening Hours:

Monday till Friday, 8-12 a.m.

Fridays by phone only

Examination Office/ International Office

Opening Hours:

Monday till Thursday, 9-12 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Opening Hours:

lecture period/ lecture break:
Monday till Thursday: 9–12 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Please note that the opening hours may change at short notice. Current changes will be announced in time by e-mail, on the homepage and at the library entrance.


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