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Health Insurance

Students at state-run or state-recognized German universities are required to have valid health insurance during their period of study. When you enrol at the HFBK, you are requested to provide certification from a health insurance company of adequate student health insurance (in triplicate) and, if you have private insurance, a certificate of exemption.

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Statutory health insurance

The insurance certification that you submit to us (in the case of German insurance companies, this will be marked: »zur Vorlage bei der Hochschule«, or »für die Einschreibung«) must give your health insurance number, the company’s registration number and the statement »is insured with us«. The university urgently needs to have this data in order to make a declaration to the statutory health insurance institutions concerning the enrolling and exmatriculation of students (§ 200 Paragraph 2 Sozialgesetzbuch /Social Security Code/Ⅴ).

Private health insurance

Students who are insured with a private health insurance company and wish to remain so must obtain exemption from student health insurance. They can do this by presenting proof of private health insurance to the relevant statutory health insurance institution. In the case of a switch from statutory to private health insurance, then the former statutory health insurance institution is responsible. Otherwise, if you are privately insured, the AOK or local public health insurance provider for your place of residence or place of study will make out a certificate of exemption or certificate of freedom to choose health insurance provider.

Please note: Before presenting your exemption certificate, please make sure that you have been fully informed by the statutory health insurance institution about the consequences of your exemption from the insurance requirement, since if you claim an exemption it will remain in place for the whole of the duration of your studies, and cannot be revoked.

International students

Students who have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC – you can apply for an EHIC with your health insurance company free of charge) may submit a copy of this card (front and rear side) as proof of valid health insurance. You must check the extent of your medical cover and the billing and reimbursement of the costs in the event of your receiving medical care in Germany with your health insurance company beforehand.

The EHIC is valid in the following countries: In all EU states (Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Cyprus) and in Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia.

If you are still living outside Germany at the time of enrolling and are not able to sign up for valid healthcare insurance cover until you arrive in Germany, then you may submit proof of valid healthcare cover immediately after your arrival in Germany, by the 31st of October of that year at the latest.

If you are studying in Germany, then travel health insurance is not sufficient!

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

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 were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

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?