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Semester Contributions and Fees

Every semester, a contribution for the Studierendenwerk (student union), the AStA (general students’ committee), the Semesterticket (ticket for the Hamburg public transport), the Semesterticket hardship fund (a fund to support students who can’t afford the ticket) and administration costs is to be paid. Tuition fees were abolished for students studying at state universities in Hamburg.

Contributions Summer Semester 2021

Contribution to semester ticket 179.90 Euros
Contribution to Studierendenwerk 85.00 Euros
Contribution to AStA 10.20 Euros
Contribution to hardship fund 6.00 Euros
Contribution to administration costs 50.00 Euros
Total 331.10 Euros*

*Total amount for Erasmus and Exchange Students (incoming): 281.10 Euros

Doctoral students must pay the full semester fee including the semester ticket, without the semester ticket the semester fee is 145.20 Euro for the summer semester 2021.

Bank Details
Payable to: HFBK Hamburg
IBAN: DE51 2000 0000 0020 1015 46
SWIFT-BIC: MARKDEF1200 (Hamburg)
Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
Amount: 331.10 € (Erasmus: 281.10 €)
Transaction use: Semester contribution SoSe 2021, your »Matrikelnummer« number

Hardship Regulations

In case of exceptional hardship (for health reasons, absence from Hamburg, spatial reasons, social reasons) a rebate of the cost of the semester ticket can be applied for at the Studierendenwerk Hamburg. The period for applying for rebates ends on the 31 March (summer semester) or 30 September (winter semester). Further information can be found on the homepage of the Studierendenwerk 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.