How to apply

The HWR Berlin offers a wide range of degree programmes and courses. A variety of different application procedures therefore exist for these numerous study options. The exact application modalities for the individual degree programmes can be found on the respective page for each programme.

Here we have compiled some general information for you on how to apply, as a first reference point.

You already know what you would like to study and would like to know the concrete application details? This is how you proceed:

Please go to the complete study offer. Then click on the degree programme you are interested in. From the study programme page you will go directly to the application page with detailed information and the right contacts who can help you with any questions you may have.

Admission requirements

This term describes the qualifications that you must have in order to study at the HWR Berlin.
The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZaB) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) determines how foreign certificates are to be evaluated. Detailed information on the individual countries can be found in the anabin database.

Online application portal

The HWR Berlin has placed external preliminary examination procedures at the forefront of the application process for applicants from abroad. Here it is confirmed whether applicants have fulfilled basic admission requirements. The examination procedure is conducted by the ASSIST (Arbeits- und Servicestelle für internationale Studienbewerbungen) service for a fee (

The HWR Berlin uses ASSIST to check wither the following prerequisites have been fulfilled:

  • a fully completed application form including curriculum vitae with full details up to the present
  • all certificates and evidence in the form required by the HWR Berlin
  • the university entrance qualification for the desired degree programme
  • German language skills at the required level
  • evidence of test results, if required.

In addition to these basic prerequisites, further evidence may be required, which must also be submitted to ASSIST together with the application documents. Only then is your application complete and ready to be finally processed by the HWR Berlin.

International visiting students

The HWR Berlin has exchange programmes with universities all over the world and welcomes over 600 visiting students every year. In order to complete a semester abroad at HWR Berlin, your home university must be one of our partner universities. Further information on a semester abroad at the HWR Berlin can be obtained from your International Office at your university. Alternatively, you may find information on our website under the information specific to your department.

Information for refugees

The HWR Berlin offers various services for refugees. Courses are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the DAAD INTEGRA programme and take place at the Schöneberg Campus.
If you would like to apply for a regular study place, you will find information on how to apply on the page of the relevant degree programme.