It is possible to take a course as a guest student in the summer semester and winter semester. All the necessary documents must be submitted to the student office for summer semester between January 1 and January 31 and between April 1 and May 31 for the winter semester. The postmark date is not valid. Admission is for one semester; guest students are limited to three semesters. A place in a Städelschule studio cannot be guaranteed.
A simultaneous application for the guest study program and the full-time study program for the winter semester is not possible.
Artistic talent and a minimum age of 18.
A university entrance qualification is not required. There is also no need to provide proof of ability in the German or English language. It is assumed that the applicant has sufficient knowledge of English and German.
A portfolio of work produced by the applicant is proof of artistic ability.
Documents for the application
- Curriculum vitae in tabular form as PDF (maximum size 5MB)
- Passport-sized photograph as JPG, JPEG or PNG (maximum size 1MB)
- Portfolio with a selection of the applicant’s own artwork as a PDF (maximum size 20MB)
You can submit your application from April 1 to May 31 at https://applications.staedelschule.de/gaststudium/. An application is only possible online. It is not possible to hand in applications or send them by post.
The result of the applications for the summer semester will be communicated by the end of February, the result of the applications for the winter semester will be communicated by the end of July.
Fees are currently € 244.50 per semester. An RMV Ticket is not included.
Every student from a non-European country needs a student visa. If you have already entered Germany with a tourist visa, you must apply for a student visa at the foreign office (Ausländerbehörde) responsible for your place of residence.
Generally, we recommend all accepted applicants to immediately apply for a student visa to enter Germany. Recent experience has shown that the time needed to get an appointment at embassies or consulates for visa purposes and, likewise, for an application to be processed has greatly increased and may take up to 3-4 months after the first appointment.
This is particularly true at the German Embassy in Tehran, Iran, and the General Consulate in Mumbai, India.
The exact conditions vary between countries. Therefore, we recommend applicants to inform themselves at the German embassy or consulate in their respective country as early as possible regarding the precise procedure for obtaining the student visa and what documents are required.
For a visa, please hand in your application with all the necessary documents at least four months before the date on which you plan to come to Germany. Fill in the entire application form in duplicate. Hand in the application form with all the necessary supporting documents in a duplicate set at the embassy or consulate.
The list below is not complete but gives an indication of the documents you will need in order to apply for student visa:
- A valid passport and two passport photos
- Certificates of school examinations qualifying you to study at a university in Germany. (Certificates of university examinations, diplomas, etc.)
- Letter confirming your university admission
- Proof that you can finance your studies in Germany: A proof of secure livelihood of € 10.236 is required for one year
- A blocked account is in most cases required as a proof of financial resources. This account can be opened at Deutsche Bank, Fintiba or x-patrio and the process usually takes several days
A valid health insurance is obligatory when studying in Germany. Applicants from non-EU states must show a health insurance certificate within the first four weeks after the commencement of their studies.
Students from countries with which Germany has concluded a social security agreement which includes an insurance clause (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey, Tunisia) can continue to be covered by their home insurance company while they are in Germany.
Students from EU- countries, who are already insured in their home country do not need an extra insurance in Germany.
Christin Groß-Narten and Karin Sust
Telephone: +49 (0) 69 60 50 08-35/39