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 International Office 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 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 International Office 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 International Office 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.
For guidance and help feel free also to contact the Welcome-Programme.
VESPA, meaning Verbund für Sprachenangelegenheiten, is a university language course cooperation program between Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Hochschule der Medien, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart as well as Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with the aim to provide a common language curriculum across institutional borders.
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, Chinese, Japanese, 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) (EUR 100.00 €) and then continues with weekly language training during the semester (48 teaching hours) (EUR 50.00). Full payment is due once you are accepted for the 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 EUR 50.00 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.hft-stuttgart.de/VESPA
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 EU countries and those from Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, can enter Germany with a valid passport or ID. No visa is required.
- Citizens of non-EU countries always require a visa for their stay
For more information about visa see www.welcome.stuttgart.de
Students from non-EU countries have to apply for a residence permit www.welcome.stuttgart.de
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 EUR 800.00 per month. This would include rent ca. EUR 400.00), health insurance, public transport, food and other incidentals.
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.
AKA Social Life
The Welcome-Programme offers guidance for international students during their stay. 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). Contact: asta(at)abk-stuttgart.de
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 International Office.
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: +49 (0)711 9574-480 or at the service center (Rosenbergstraße 68, Stuttgart).
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.