International Student Visas

Visas are a very important part of overseas visits. It is your responsibility to find out what kind of visa you will require for the duration of your studies in Germany. There are various institutions that offer advice on how to obtain a visa from your country, for example the German Federal Foreign Office , follow the links>English> Welcome to Germany>Coming to or staying in Germany>Visa regulations. Or you can visit the website of the German Academic Exchange Service 3 and follow these links>English>Information for foreigners>Living in Germany>Entry and Residence, for further information. It is very important that you find out about your visa requirements well in advance, as the processing times for visas can vary greatly from country to country.
Important: When applying for a visa you will be asked for a letter of invitation from the Stuttgart Academy. Once you have been accepted into the Guest student programme you may request an invitation letter from the Admissions Office (Studentensekretariat). Please note that some students from selected countries are able to obtain a visa once they have entered Germany. Please contact a Visa office in your country, before you leave, for the exact information.

Living Costs and Accommodation

It is essential that students who wish to study in Stuttgart are able to finance their stay. Please contact the Department secretary for your area of study for more advice on how to apply for accommodation, insurance, visas and the public transportation card.
International programme students can receive assistance from the Stuttgart Academy in finding student accommodation in Stuttgart. Student housing can cost up to € 400 per month in single room accommodation. For more detailed information or an application form please contact the department secretary for your area of studies.

Language requirements

Courses at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design are held in German. You are expected to have at least basic knowledge of German and to have a proficient level of English, both oral and written, in order to participate in courses and class work.


Department of Study and Examination affairs / Abteilung für Studien- und Prüfungsangelegenheiten

For general information about Application forms, Enrolment and Student ID cards, contact the student Admissions Office staff listed below:

Ms. Rita Afani
Mr. Philipp Rummel
Building: F / Neubau II
Room: 0.05
T +49.[0].711.28440 – 107 or 106

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9-12 am
Thursday 1.30-4 pm

Programme Students

The programme student admission process applies to all following exchange programs: Erasmus, Baden-Württemberg Scholarship, Oregon Study Center, California State University, and all Partner-University exchanges. Programme students must first register with their home university before applying to the Stuttgart Academy.
Once you have registered with your home university for one of the above exchange programmes you can download the programme student application form here.
Application requirements: Application form, 2 Passport photos, C.V., Portfolio, Copy of passport, Letter of motivation, Learning Agreement (Erasmus).

Office for Foreign Affairs/Büro für Auslandsbeziehungen

Ms. Sonja Fendel
Head of Office for Foreign Affairs
Building: F
Room: 2.16
T +49.[0]711.28440 – 103
F +49.[0]711.28440 – 219

Consultation hours:

By appointment only!

Ms. Renata Earnshaw-Mathiasch
Erasmus Incomings
Building: F
Room: 0.14
T +49.[0]711.28440 – 330
F +49.[0]711.28440 – 335

Visiting Students and DAAD Scholarship Students

All DAAD Scholarship student and Visiting student applications are to be sent to the
department secretary responsible for your area of studies, e.g. Architecture. The application form can be downloaded here.
Application material: Application form, 1 Passport photo, detailed C.V., Portfolio (at least 10 pieces of work, preferably in PDF format or JPEG files), Copy of passport, Letter of motivation, Proof of health insurance, Visa (non-EU residents), Transcript of Records.

Design (Textile, Communication and Industrial Design):
Ms. Danina Piljagic
T +49. (0)711.28440-247