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The HFBK actively supports international student exchanges. The large number of partner universities included in the EU’s exchange programme Erasmus+ enables a high degree of international mobility.

The proportion of students at the HFBK who come from abroad, not only from Europe but from other areas, especially China, Korea and South America, is traditionally very high. This lively dialogue is supported by further University-owned initiatives such as AG Internationales as well as external initiatives such as the Achievement grants for international students, and the DAAD prize for exceptional achievement by non-German students.

The Art School Alliance allows some fifteen international art students per year a semester to live and study in Hamburg without paying rent or study fees.


Head of International Office

Hygienekonzept für das International Office der HFBK Hamburg

Erasmus+ and international HFBK students

International Office

Consultation hours:

Tue + Thu 10-12 am + 1.30-2.30 pm. Pre-registration by mail or telephone. Please note that the office hours of the International Office take place under special hygiene measures (e.g. advance notification, compulsory masks, consultation in the anteroom).

Hygienekonzept für das International Office der HFBK Hamburg

International applicants

International Office

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show will take place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students will show their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation. Visitors are invited to view the numerous works on site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A specially developed corona concept will take care of your health during this weekend. We are looking forward to your visit!

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.