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Erasmus+ for incoming students

Erasmus Exchange at HFBK Hamburg

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. HFBK Hamburg currently enjoys many Erasmus partnerships with other European universities. Students of our partner institutions can study for one or two semesters at HFBK Hamburg – given that HFBK Hamburg accepts them for an Erasmus exchange.

Based on their portfolio, accepted Erasmus incoming students will be allocated for one or two semesters to a certain class at HFBK Hamburg. In addition, incoming students are welcome to take part in seminars, lectures and workshop courses.

Please find constantly updated information on HFBK’s measures in the context of the Corona pandemic in our FAQ section.


After the respective home institution has nominated their interested student(s) (by e-mail to, prospective Erasmus incoming students apply online within the given deadline to HFBK Hamburg.

For Erasmus study placements both during winter semester and summer semester, students need to apply online between 15 March and 30 April. The original portfolio must have arrived by mail by 30 April, too.

Degree-seeking applicants who do not wish to participate in a short-term Erasmus stay follow the regular study application procedures.


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Erasmus incoming students will be offered a room in a residence hall, run by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg. The rooms are in Gustav-Radbruch-Haus, the monthly rent is currently about 300 euros. Detailed information about this offer will be sent directly to all Erasmus incoming students who have been accepted to HFBK Hamburg.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art will be answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. Due to Corona, only online!

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

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.