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Start into Fall Semester 2024-25:

 

Students who don't need a visa: 1st December 2023 until 31st August 2024

Students who need a visa: 1st December 2023 until 30th June 2024 (Date recommended due to length of visa application process.)

 

New students may start into fall semester only. Transfers into a higher academic semester may start into a spring semester depending on the compatibility of previous studies with our curriculum.

 

To see all dates within the academic year, please view the Academic Calendar.

You will complete your application electronically through our online portal. You will first register, then enter your personal details, and finally upload the required documents. These are:

 

For all BA programs:

  • Passport
  • Official Senior High School diploma with transcript (German Abitur / Fachabitur or equivalent)
  • Official University certificates and transcript of grades - if applicable
  • English Language Test (CEFR level B2 or above)
  • Portfolio with a minimum of 10 works - for Design and Architecture programs only
  • Certification of the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) - for educational qualifications from China, India and Vietnam only

 

For the MA / MBA programs:

  • Passport
  • Official Senior High School diploma with transcript of grades (German Abitur / Fachabitur or equivalent)
  • Official University certificates and transcript of grades
  • English Language Test (CEFR level B2 or above)
  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Portfolio with 10 works - related to your bachelor's degree and interior design, for the Faculty of Architecture & Design only
  • Letter from employer confirming a minimum of 1 year continuous full-time employment, for the MBA program only
  • Certification of the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) - for educational qualifications from China, India and Vietnam only

 

All academic records need to be submitted in their original language, and, if that language is not English or German, certified translations into one of those languages must also be submitted.

 

If you are still waiting for your final documents to be issued, then please submit your most recent transcript of grades as well as a statement of your predicted qualification and grades. This will allow us to process your application on a conditional basis. You will need to provide the official final certificate and transcripts when you receive them.

 

Once you have completed your online application, we will review it as soon as possible. An evaluation whether you meet the admission requirements for the desired program will be followed by the faculty selection process.

If you apply for a Bachelor in Business Administration, you should receive an answer within 1 week.

If you apply for any other program, the full application process should be completed within a maximum of 4 weeks.

Admission Requirements

To meet our admission requirements for the Bachelor degree programs in Architecture and Design, one needs to hold the German Abitur / Fachabitur or equivalent. Any foreign qualification will need to meet the equivalence criteria to these German certificates, which is set by the German Central Office for Foreign Education.

 

The requirements for equivalence vary from country to country. We have summarized a few of the most frequently asked about education systems:

 

To confirm whether you meet the requirements to study in Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service provides an English language resource here.

For the original German source, please check the homepage of the Kulturministerkonferenz here.

 

 

There are four admission possibilities:

 

Direct general admission – you are qualified to start undergraduate studies into any subject area.

Direct subject-restricted admission – you are qualified to begin undergraduate studies in the subject area you have previously studied.

Subject restricted admission to a preparatory course/the Feststellungsprüfung (university qualification exam) – you require additional periods of study before you can begin undergraduate studies in Germany, see more information below.

Admission is not possible without additional proof of education – the qualification you hold is not equivalent to a university entrance qualification in Germany. You will need to complete further qualifications to meet the admission requirements.

 

 

Preparatory Course / Additional Studies

If you current educational qualifications do not fully meet the Abitur/ Fachabitur-level in Germany, and you will need a Preparatory Course or additional studies, here are your 2 options:

 

Option 1: Study time

You can enroll at a university outside of Germany, and complete the first academic year of a bachelor´s degree successfully. In order to meet the admission requirements, the university and program must be fully accredited, you must choose the same or closely related subject you intend to apply for at BI, and you must complete the first academic year with all courses and credits successfully. For some countries, you may need to complete more than 1 academic year.

If you choose this route, you would be welcome to apply as a transfer student into a higher semester. Read more about this in the ‘Transfer students and course acknowledgments’ section.

 

Option 2: Studienkolleg

A 'Studienkolleg' is a university preparatory course to prepare your for German universities. There are different types of Studienkolleg programs, for architecture and design programs, you would need to choose the 'T' or 'G' course.

German language is required for anyone wanting to study at a Berlin-accredited university after completing the Studienkolleg.Therefore, it is not a typical route for our students.

For more information on Studienkolleg programs, click here.


 

Please note that Berlin International can only consider applicants who meet the admission requirements for the desired program.

All applicants who meet them will be subject to faculty selection and seat availability per program.

 

To meet our admission requirements for the Bachelor degree programs in Business Administration, one needs to hold the German Abitur / Fachabitur or equivalent. Any foreign qualification will need to meet the equivalence criteria to these German certificates, which is set by the German Central Office for Foreign Education.

 

The requirements for equivalence vary from country to country. We have summarized a few of the most frequently asked about education systems:

 

To confirm whether you meet the requirements to study in Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service provides an English language resource here.

For the original German source, please check the homepage of the Kulturministerkonferenz here.

 

 

There are four admission possibilities:

 

Direct general admission – you are qualified to start undergraduate studies into any subject area.

Direct subject-restricted admission – you are qualified to begin undergraduate studies in the subject area you have previously studied.

Subject restricted admission to a preparatory course/the Feststellungsprüfung (university qualification exam) – you require additional periods of study before you can begin undergraduate studies in Germany, see more information below.

Admission is not possible without additional proof of education – the qualification you hold is not equivalent to a university entrance qualification in Germany. You will need to complete further qualifications to meet the admission requirements.

 

 

Preparatory Course / Additional Studies

If you current educational qualficiations do not fully meet the Abitur/ Fachabitur-level in Germany, and you will need a Preparatory Course or additional studies, here are your 3 options:

 

Option 1: International Year One

Through our brand new partnership with the Touro University Berlin, the International Year One is the perfect pathway to fulfill one year of university study after higher secondary education, ensuring a smooth transition into our bachelor programs in business administration.

Find out more here.

 

Option 2: Study time

As an alternative to our International Year One, you can enroll at a university outside of Germany, and complete the first academic year of a bachelor´s degree successfully. In order to meet the admission requirements, the university and program must be fully accredited, you must choose the same or related subject you intend to apply for at BI, and you must complete the first academic year with all courses and credits successfully. For some countries, you may need to complete more than 1 academic year.

If you choose this route, you would be welcome to apply as a transfer student into a higher semester. Read more about this in the ‘Transfer students and course acknowledgments’ section.

 

Option 3: Studienkolleg

A 'Studienkolleg' is a university preparatory course to prepare your for German universities. There are different types of Studienkolleg programs, for business programs, you would need to choose the 'W' or 'WW' course.

German language is required for anyone wanting to study at a Berlin-accredited university after completing the Studienkolleg.Therefore, it is not a typical route for our students.

For more information on Studienkolleg programs, click here.


 

Please note that Berlin International can only consider applicants who meet the admission requirements for the desired program.

All applicants who meet them will be subject to faculty selection and seat availability per program.

Applicants for our bachelor programs in Business Administration can join our International Year One, through our new partner Touro University Berlin, to meet the admission requirements mentioned above.

 

Find out more here.

MA Interior Architecture/Interior Design program:

This master's program is a consecutive program offered to graduates of Interior Architecture/Interior Design. A bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture/Interior Design is necessary.

 

MA Interior Design program:

This master's program is designed to specialize from your bachelor. A bachelor's degree in a closely related field to Interior Architecture/Interior Design is necessary and should include significant coursework dealing with spatial design. This can be a bachelor within Architecture or Industrial Design. 

 

 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) program:

A bachelor's degree is required, the field of Business Administration or a related field is preferred however it is possible to apply with an unrelated field of study. 

 

In addition, all applicants are required to have gained at least 1 year of full-time, continuous work experience after your bachelor's graduation. Ideally, you should have taken over managerial tasks already. If you have instead set up your own business, then proof thereof will be required.

 

In order to meet the 300 ECTS credit requirement for graduation with the title of ‘Master of Business Administration’, students who have completed a (German equivalent) 3-year bachelor's degree will be accepted into the 2-year MBA program.  Those who have a (German equivalent) 4-year degree may opt for the 1 year MBA program and will have the opportunity to discuss the recommended option with the faculty during the interview.

Since all of our programs are fully taught in English, we will require a proof of your language skills. German knowledge is not required.

 

If your language skills are at CEFR Level B2 or above, one of the following currently valid language test certificates and scores can be accepted for your application:

  • TOEFL ITP: 543
  • TOEFL IBT: 74
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 overall
  • Cambridge FCE: B2
  • PTE Academic: 59
  • BI internal exam/ BAU 'English Language Proficiency Exam': 60/100
  • IB Diploma: English A or B at HL or SL
  • German Abitur

The score must be earned within the last two years.

 

If you have not completed high school in a majority-English speaking country (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand) or a bachelor's degree fully in English, an approved language exam is required in order to qualify for admission.

 

You are welcome to attend the internal Berlin International language proficiency exam. It will be hosted online, participation is free of charge and can be offered once an application to one of our programs has been made and admission requirements have been met.

 

Dates for 2024 (All times are Berlin local times):

  • 3rd May - 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)
  • 14th June - 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)
  • 5th July - 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)
  • 26th July - 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)
  • 9th August - 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)
  • 4th September - 9:00 to 15:00 (CEST)

 

Preparatory School:

If you do not yet have CEFR level B2 English, and you meet the admission requirements to study at BI, you can sign up for our English Preparatory School. Attend the 1-year intense English Preparatory Program before starting your degree.

 

Download 'English Language Proficiency Exam' sample

A portfolio is required for applications to one of the programs at the Faculty of Architecture & Design. Feel free to check the portfolio guidelines below.

 

Portfolio Guidelines for the BA programs:

 

We are also offering webinars on the topic of ‘Portfolio Advice’ throughout the year. For information on upcoming dates and how to register, please visit our current dates page. 

If you have missed a recent webinar, then simply email us and we will be happy to send you the link to the recording.

 

Portfolio Guidelines for the MA Interior Architecture/ Interior Design and MA Interior Design programs:

Transfer and Course Acknowledgements

If you have studied before you may consider applying for the recognition of your previous qualifications towards a degree with us. Berlin International will grant credits on an individual basis for prior learning gained from vocational, professional, technical or online courses, or from a university degree. 
We will fully evaluate any previous coursework, while also giving you the chance to be part of our community and enjoy our program contents, projects and learning approach. 

 

We differentiate two types of transfer: Transfers into a higher academic semester and Acknowledgement of individual courses. See below for detailed information on each of these transfer types.

 

Transfer into a higher semester


You are welcome to apply as a ‘Transfer Student’ into a higher semester. To be considered as such, you will need to meet our general admission requirements for the desired program. Please refer to the relevant information on this website. In addition, you will need to have studied at least one academic year of full time studies, within the same degree subject and level, at an accredited university. 

Our courses are run on annual basis with 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th semester courses in fall, and all others in the spring semesters. Transfer students may start into either semester depending on the compatibility of previous studies with our curriculum. 

 

The following documents must be submitted in addition to all above mentioned:

  • All university transcripts showing your courses, grades and credits earned
  • Your degree certificate, if applicable
  • Official module description (syllabus) of your previous study program showing all courses with detailed explanation of their content, credit hours and type of examination.

All documents must be submitted in their original language, with an official translation into English or German, if applicable.
 
The application process is as follows:

  • We will determine if you meet the admission requirements for the desired program.
  • Upon confirmation, we will ask you to pay the registration fee of 250,00 EUR for EU or 600,00 EUR for Non-EU applicants. This is non-refundable.
  • Once the payment is received, you will receive the 'Transfer Request Form' for your program and need to select the courses you want acknowledged. 
  • You will send it back to us along with your official university transcripts and official syllabus/ module descriptions of the selected courses.
  • Applications for any of the architecture and design programs will then have to pass a portfolio review. The portfolio needs to reflect all skills gained during the successful study time that is requested to be acknowledged. 
  • A faculty member will fully evaluate your request to transfer courses.
  • You will receive an interview invitation to discuss the transfer request, and, if applicable, application selection questions.
  • You will receive the result of the transfer evaluation and selection process.
  • The final decision about your credit acknowledgment is subject to the approval of the Examinations Board of the prospective faculty.
     


Acknowledgement of individual courses


If you have studied before, for less than 1 year or within a different subject, you can have individual courses acknowledged that you think match with courses of your chosen BI program. This also applies for any qualification gained as part of a vocational, professional, technical or online course. Simply answer the relevant question with 'Yes' on the application form and we will get in contact with you. The acknowledgement process for individual courses will be completed independently of the program application selection process.
 
The application process is as follows:

  • We will determine if you meet the admission requirements for the desired program.
  • Your application will go through the selection process.
  • If accepted, you will receive an offer.
  • Once you have signed the contract and paid for the first instalment to confirm your offer, you will receive the 'Potential Acknowledgement Form' for your program and need to select the courses you want acknowledged.
  • You will send it back to us along with your official university transcripts and official syllabus/ module descriptions of the selected courses.
  • A faculty member will fully evaluate your request and you will receive the results of which courses can be recognized, or not. This process should not take longer than 4 weeks.
  • The final decision about your credit acknowledgment is subject to the approval of the Examinations Board of the prospective faculty.

 
The request to acknowledge individual courses will still be possible after the start of the study program. However, please note that a transfer into a higher academic semester will no longer be possible at this stage.

 

Our Dual Up Program with the Bahçeşehir University Istanbul allows graduates of Bahçeşehir to come to Berlin to continue their studies and earn a German qualification in the same subject.  This involves studying at our Berlin campus for a minimum of two semesters.  We offer the Dual Up program in the subjects of Business Administration, Architecture, Interior Architecture/ Interior Design and Graphic Design.

Find out more here.

Finances

BA program fees:

EU Nationals

  • Tuition Fee - 675 EUR per month, monthly installment (Faculty of Business Administration)
  • Tuition Fee - 745 EUR per month, monthly installment (Faculty of Architecture & Design)
  • Registration Fee - 250 EUR one-time, non-refundable

Non-EU Nationals

  • Tuition Fee - 4,190 EUR per semester, payable per semester (Faculty of Business Administration)
  • Tuition Fee - 4,640 EUR per semester, payable per semester (Faculty of Architecture & Design)
  • Registration Fee - 600 EUR one-time, non-refundable

 

MA/MBA program fees:

EU Nationals

  • Tuition Fee (2-year program) -  895 EUR per month, monthly installment
  • Tuition Fee (1-year program) - 1,000 EUR per month, monthly installment
  • Registration Fee - 250 EUR one-time, non-refundable

Non-EU Nationals

  • Tuition Fee (2-year program) - 5,550 EUR per semester, payable per semester
  • Tuition Fee (1-year program) - 6,500 EUR per semester, payable per semester
  • Registration Fee - 600 EUR one-time, non-refundable

 

Semester ticket:

Since 2014, the purchase of a semester ticket for public transport in Berlin zones ABC has been mandatory for all students of Berlin International. Students are required to pay for the ticket along with their tuition fee.

The agreed price of the semester ticket is currently around 200 EUR per semester. More information can be found here.

 

You can get an overview of the full study fees per program here.

 

In addition to the study fees, we recommend calculating the following costs:

  • Accommodation - around 500 - 800 EUR per month
  • Living costs - around 200 - 400 EUR per month (depending on your lifestyle)
  • German health insurance coverage - around 120 EUR per month
  • Materials cost for design and architecture students - around 150 EUR per semester

Your offer letter contains the initial fee installment to be paid in order to confirm and secure your seat. This initial fee covers the first of 6 monthly installments for EU nationals, or the full first semester fee for non-EU nationals, in addition to the Berlin transportation ticket fee for one semester and the one-time non-refundable application fee.

You may opt for a bank transfer or online payment via TransferMate. Information on both was sent along with your offer letter.

 

Here is further information on the online payment via TransferMate:

The easiest method of paying your study fees Internationally is through TransferMate Education. By using the TransferMate service, you are able to pay at your local bank in your home currency and will be offered a beneficial exchange rate without incurring any bank transfer charges. TransferMate makes it easier and cheaper for international students to pay for their study fees to Berlin International University of Applied Sciences.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Pay in your own currency.
  • A more streamlined payment process
  • No international sender/receiver fees
  • Great exchange rates
  • 24 hour customer service from TransferMate
  • 24 hour online tracking of payments
  • Bulk payment options

TransferMate lets you make international payments to Berlin International University of Applied Sciences for free where TransferMate has a localised account, without paying international banking charges, while receiving competitive foreign exchange rates.

 

Pay your Fees now!

STEP 1. Check your 'Invoice number’.

STEP 2. Visit the payment website and complete the brief registration form. Click ‘YES’ you are ready to pay today and then select ‘Process Transaction’.

STEP 3. Transfer the funds in your currency to the advised bank account.

STEP 4. Email confirm@TransferMate.com with receipt of payment, a copy of your student passport, and your offer or invoice letter from Berlin International University of Applied Sciences.

STEP 5. Once TransferMate has received your funds and required documents, they will transfer the funds to us at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences and email you confirmation of payment. Sorted!

 

Once you have started your study program, the next payment will be due will be at the end of your first month with us (for EU nationals) or at the end of your first semester with us (for Non-EU nationals).

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BAföG

The German federal government provides student loans for German students in need of financial support. Only a part of each loan has to be paid back. The situation of each student is evaluated individually, according to general criteria. Berlin International students can apply for financial support when they begin their studies. International students who have resided in Germany for a number of years may also be eligible for this support. Complete information on how to apply, what criteria are evaluated, and who is eligible for financial support can be found on the German-language website for the BAföG financial support system: BAföG Information Pages - Federal Ministry of Education and Research. An application is possible both before and after applicants have started their studies at Berlin International.

 

Other governmental support

If you are not a German citizen, you may want to check if your country's government offers any financial support for students.

From experience we know that this is offered e.g. from Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The Student Affairs team will be happy to fill in and provide any forms you may need to apply for support in your country.

 

DAKA and student loans

If you require another alternative as financial support while studying at BI, we can recommend the DAKA Berlin, a non-profit credit union that provides student loans. For 65 years, the DAKA has provided additional funding for students of its member institutions, and does so without regard to age, income, or nationality. Please find more information here.

 

Other scholarships

There are general scholarships available and you can find information through a simple online search. Upon request we can also provide you with a list of useful websites to start your search.

 

Student jobs

Another way to help finance yourself will be by taking on a student job. Your study program will be intensive, with around 25 in-class hours and 20 hours for self-study. Any work will need to be scheduled around the class timings, as timetables are not flexible to be arranged according to your individual needs.

If you will be in Germany on a student visa, please ensure you do not exceed the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work. This may be restricted to 120 days of 8 hours, or 240 days of 4 hours per annum.

Berlin International does offer part-time student assistant jobs on a regular basis or for certain events on campus. Once you are a registered student, you will be informed of such vacancies.

What's next?

You applied and received an offer of admission? Congratulations!

 

These are the next steps for you to take:

1. Accept your offer.

2. Pay the initial fee and Sign your study contract.

3. Receive the Confirmation of Admission and Visa Invitation Letter, if applicable.

4. Arrange visa, accommodation, bank account and German health insurance, if applicable.

5. Receive access to your BI email account.

6. Complete the official registration during Welcome Week.

7. And finally, you should be all set up to start your study program.

For information on the visa requirements, please contact the German consulate in your country of citizenship. A list of consulates per country can be found here

 

General information on applying for a visa for the purpose of studying can be found here.

 

The conditions can vary greatly between countries and even individuals, so it’s always better to go directly to the responsible authority for the most accurate, up-to-date information. 

You may want to consider asking a company like Expatrio or Fintiba for assistance with your visa arrangements, blocked account, etc.

Berlin International will provide a visa invitation letter once the application process has been completed and you have secured your place by making your first payment. 

 

Watch our video for a summary of the most important things to consider for your visa application.

 

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer accommodation for students. Upon request we will be happy to issue a list of websites that can get your search started.

When looking for accommodation, please keep in mind the following advice to ensure you are not subject to fraud:

  • Do not transfer any money without seeing the room/ flat you want to rent and receiving the key

  • Check if you can register yourself to this address with the registry office (Bürgeramt). If not, then we would recommend not choosing this accommodation.

  • Try to speak to your future flatmates

  • Check what is included in the price, e.g. electricity, gas, water, internet, etc.

By law each registered student at a German-accredited higher education institute will have to be registered with a German statutory insurance company, until the age of 30. German statutory companies include the DAK, AOK, Barmer, IKK, TK and many more. Berlin International has an agreement with the DAK insurance. The coverage will allow you to visit a doctor when you are in need. The monthly fees mount to around 120 EUR for full coverage.

 

You may also opt to join a private insurance provider instead. In that case, you will still need to contact a statutory insurance company to apply for an exemption from your compulsory coverage. If your application is approved, you can keep your private insurance, however, you will not be allowed to change back into a statutory company whilst studying in Germany, should you wish to do so at a later stage.

 

During your study time, it will be your responsibility to look after your payments to your insurance provider. Should you fail to do so, they will inform us and could even ask us to de-register you for failing to pay the fees.

 

An exception to the compulsory health insurance coverage is if you are a non-German holding a valid European Health Insurance Card. This will cover you for as long as it is valid and you (or your family) are continuing to pay insurance fees in your home country.

Another exception is made for countries that  have a Social Security Agreement with Germany, such as Turkey.

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