In order to make the most out of your stay in Stuttgart there are a few things that you should consider before your studies start. These things include language courses, student visas, health insurance and finances, just to name a few. Please see the information listed below which should help you get your new adventure here at the ABK in Stuttgart organized.
The Office for Foreign Affairs is responsible for the implementation and financing of international mobility and scholarship programmes, as well as offering advice and information to incoming/outgoing students (studies and work placement), teachers and staff (Erasmus STA) about foreign exchanges and scholarship/funding possibilities.
Assistance and advice is also available regarding language skills for international exchanges, including advice about language courses and requirements.
Within the university administration the Office for Foreign Affairs is responsible for supporting the Rector’s office and Faculties with the development, cultivation and financing of the ABK Stuttgart’s international partnerships. It advises and is active in the area of internationalization, especially with regards to university partnerships and consortiums.
The Office for Foreign Affairs represents the Academy in its cooperation with funding bodies and scientific organizations, international recruiting and marketing measures, and is also involved in international accreditation (Erasmus) procedures and practices.
+49 (0)711 28440-247
+49 (0)711 28440-203
VESPA, meaning Verbund für Sprachenangelegenheiten, is a university language course cooperation program between Hochschule der Medien, together with Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart as well as Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. The cooperation aims at teaching languages together and across institutional boarders.
Since 2012, incoming international students as well as students, professors and staff from our participating universities have the opportunity to take part in language courses offered through this cooperation. On offer are courses in German as a Foreign Language, English, French, Italian, Russian as well as Spanish.
Moreover, the online training solution Speexx is available at VESPA Verbund. All students and staff members of our cooperating universities have the opportunity to use this software without paying any course fees. Learn whenever and wherever you want - at work, at home or anywhere else you choose, and across multiple devices. The following languages are available: English and Business English, Spanish and Business Spanish, French, German as a Foreign Language.
German Language Courses
The German language course consists of intensive daily language training before the beginning of the semester (72 teaching hours) and then continues with weekly language training during the semester (48 teaching hours). The course fee of 100 EUR covers both, the intensive and the semester course, to be paid before the beginning of the intensive course.
We strongly recommend participating in the intensive language courses since the weekly courses are follow-on units. However, if you do not have the opportunity to attend the intensive course, there still will be the opportunity to join the semester courses. In this case, a course fee of 50 EUR will be demanded.
On offer are beginner level courses (level A1 and A2) and advanced level courses (B1 and B2 according to the CEFR) as well as professional training during the semester (level C1 and Academic German).
Course certificates stating grades and the achieved language level are issued after regular attendance and successful completion of course tasks and tests. Moreover, you will receive ECTS credits for each course. At the beginning of each German course there is an obligatory online placement test.
More information and application: www.sprachenverbund-vespa.de
+49 (0)711 89262742
International Student Visas
Students are responsible for finding out what kind of visa is required for the duration of studies in Germany. Please read the information below carefully for visa information and contacts.
- Students who are citizens of the following EU countries; Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, can enter Germany with a valid passport or ID. No visa or residence permit is required.
- Students who are citizens of Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and the US (for other countries listed see the Federal Foreign Office website) can enter Germany with their passports and apply for their Aufenthaltserlaubnis (residence permit) at the Stuttgart city Ausländerbehörde (Foreign Registration Office) after arrival. The following documents must be presented to the Ausländerbehörde and must be brought with you from home:
Valid passport, Letter of admission – to receive a letter of admission you must first register at the Student Office (Studierendenbüro), 1x biometrical photo, Health insurance certificate (Krankenversicherungsnachweis), Proof of sufficient financial resources; currently between approx. 670 EUR and 1.000 EUR per month. This can be a savings account, a letter of guarantee, a bank statement, and proof of funding or a scholarship.
- Students who are citizens of non-EU countries (apart from those mentioned above) must apply for a student visa (Visum zu Studienzwecken) at the German Embassy or a German Consulate in their home country prior to departure. This must be done as early as possible as the processing time can be very long, i.e. up to six months. More information about entry visas for educational purposes can be found at the following offices:
Welcome Center Stuttgart
Federal Foreign Office
Ausländerbehörde Stuttgart (Foreign Registration Office)
T +49 (0)711 21635890
- Residence permit: As the student visa is only valid for a short period of time (maximum of 3 months), on arrival in Germany students must apply for a study residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis). Students should go to the registry office or Foreign Registration Authority in their place of residence. In Stuttgart the relevant authority is the Office for Public Order (Amt für Öffentlich Ordnung):
Amt für öffentliche Ordnung
Ausländer- und Staatsangehörigkeitsrecht
For study in Germany you need German health insurance, without proof of health insurance you cannot enrol in a German university. Students from EU countries already insured in their own country of origin do not have to take up insurance again in Germany. Using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) students from EU countries can directly go to a doctor and using their EHIC insurance card. Students from all other countries must have insurance cover from Germany, even if they already have a health insurance in their country of origin. The insurance coverage lasts for around one semester, contributions are to be paid for the entire semester, even if you leave Germany before the end of your studies or stop studying. Students from countries outside the EU and who are under 30 years of age, or who have not yet completed their 14th subject-related semester, may choose between private or compulsory health insurance. If you want to have private health insurance you need to apply for an exemption from compulsory coverage.
Living Costs and Accommodation
It is essential that students who wish to study in Stuttgart are able to finance their stay. International students are responsible for their own accommodation. It is possible to apply for housing through the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart. To do this please see Studierendenwerk Stuttgart - Accomodation. For other alternatives, please see the Welcome Center Stuttgart’s webpage on Accommodation in Stuttgart.
The estimated cost of living for students in Stuttgart is around 600 EUR to 800 EUR per month. This would include rent (from 280 EUR to 400 EUR), health insurance (approx. 80 EUR), public transport (semester ticket approx. 200 EUR), food (approx. 200 EUR) and other incidentals (approx. 100 EUR).
All students have to pay a legal administrative fee, a fee for the student services (Studentenwerksbeitrag) and a student union fee. For current fee charges please see Gebühren (Fees).
Welcome Center Stuttgart
It is important to us that you feel at home during your stay in Stuttgart. As a new visitor to Germany the Welcome Center can help you with questions you may have about life, study, work or the practicalities of living in Stuttgart. On the Welcome Center Stuttgart website you can find information about; visas, residency permits, drivers licences, jobs, festivals, cultural events and nightlife, as well as contact information, dates, locations and links. Everything you need to get you started in your new life.
Next to the Welcome Center is the cultural center and café, Welthaus Stuttgart, an intercultural meeting place for social and cultural events such as discussions, readings, theater and exhibitions.
Friday Afternoon Film Seminar
The Film Seminar takes place every Friday afternoon from 1.30pm - 5pm, in English. Each week a different film will be shown in relation to a theme or film genre. Students are able to come along and watch the film or to also take part in the thought-provoking discussion and analysis.
To obtain a paper including grades and/or credits (Pro- or Hauptseminarschein): regular attendance (no more than 3 absences), presentation and a critical paper (Proseminar: 1600 – 2000 words, Hauptseminar: 2400 – 5000 words on a film or films from the course’s filmography (see “Courses“ at www.tomwhalen.com). Grades will be based on unit participation (40%), report/presentation (30%), and papers (30%). Non-credit students are welcome at any of the screenings and discussions.
AKA Social Life
The AStA is the student run committee representing student interests at the AKA, and organizing events and initiatives for students each semester. The AStA is also able to offer support to student driven projects. / Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss (AStA, General Student Committee)
You can sign up for clubs or events by adding your name to the lists found on the AStA notice board (Building F/Neubau 2), next to the Office for Foreign Affairs.
Guidance Counselling (Psychology) Studierendenwerk Stuttgart
The counselling service of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart offers professional help with personal and interpersonal relationship problems from qualified psychologists.
- Study and work problems
- Problems with timemanagement
- Motivational problems
- Problems with partner or family
- Examination or other anxieties
- Self-worth problems
- Social difficulties
The counselling sessions are cost free. Generally appointment are available within 2 weeks with one of the qualified psychologists, Frau Kucher-Sturm or Herrn Sturm.
The counselling sessions are strictly confidential; psychologists of the Studierendenwerk are bound to confidentiality.
As e-mail communication with the Studierendenwerk is not encrypted, they cannot guarantee confidentiality through this method of communication.
can therefore only be made per telephone: (0711) 9574-480 or at the service center (Rosenbergstraße 68). The best way to make an appointment is per telephone Monday – Friday from 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Welcome Center Stuttgart
As a new visitor to Germany the Welcome Center can help you with questions you may have about life, study, work or the practicalities of living in Stuttgart. On the Welcome Center Stuttgart website you can find information about; visas, residency permits, drivers licenses, jobs, festivals, cultural events and nightlife, as well as contact information, dates, locations and links. Everything you need to get you started in your new life.
Next to the welcome center is the cultural center and café, Welthaus Stuttgart, an intercultural meeting place for social and cultural events such as discussions, readings, theater and exhibitions. The following information has been translated from the Welcome Center Stuttgart website:
Welcome Center Stuttgart services include:
- Arrival and Residency
- Learning German
- Job search and applications
- Education and Study
- Apartment search
- Kindergarten places and School
- Culture and Clubs
Come and visit us! We will be glad to advise you personally. Of course you can also contact us per Telephone or Email or have a look at our website in advance. We speak German, English, and many other languages.