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GIU Admission

GIU admission staff warm-heartedly welcomes international students from all over the world to study in English at our campus in Berlin, Germany. GIU is interested in attracting calibers with high potentials and enable them to become innovative graduates and responsible global citizens.

With a vibrant international student community and a competitive learning environment facilitated by our modern campus facilities, we are dedicated to fulfilling your academic ambitions and enhancing your educational journey through cultural diversity.

At GIU, we are committed to fair and transparent admission processes, where all applicants are evaluated based on unified standards and evaluation criteria. We encourage applications from students with special needs and are committed to providing the necessary support to facilitate independent study at our campus.

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Academic Requirements

GIU is committed to attracting academically outstanding, creative and dynamic high school graduates and transfer students to pursue academic excellence in teaching and research as well as to develop their personal capabilities and potentialities.

All students are welcome to apply who have completed their secondary school with university entrance qualification accepted in Germany (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”) – you can check for your school certificate e.g. at the German ANABIN portal. For those without such entrance qualification acceptance at GIU requires to have successfully studied at least one year at any other German university abroad (recognized by GIU admission). In such cases, selected credits of previous studies may be transferred to GIU.

English is the teaching language for all courses and programs. Therefore it is necessary to provide evidence of English language skills (see Steps and Procedures)

Contact admission@giu-berlin.de for further questions.

Steps And Procedures

1. Online Application

  • Visit the“Apply Now”  section and register as an applicant to receive a unique application number.
  • Log in and complete the online application by providing the requested information
  • Upload electronic copies of the following documents or send them via email to admission@giu-berlin.de:
    • Final high school certificate or reports of the last two school years
    • Bachelor degree and transcript (required only for Master applicants)
    • ID / passport
    • Birth certificate
    • English translation of the above documents if originally not in English or German
  • After submitting the online application, you will receive a confirmation email.

2. GIU Admission Test

  • Applicants will receive an invitation to schedule an appointment for the GIU admission test on campus
  • Upon booking your appointment, you will receive a confirmation for the date and time of your test session, along with instructions for test fee payment(80 Euros)
  • On the set date you will sit for
    • Reasoning Test: Assessing verbal comprehension and relationships, induction, facts and results, deduction and discovery (duration: 50 minutes; computerized)
    • English Language Test: Testing the applicant’s ability to comprehend reading and listening and use the language of instruction on university level (duration: 45 minutes; computerized)
    • Meeting the university staff for a short interview and completing some admin steps (e.g. document verification)
  • Applicants who do not pass the tests have the chance to retake each test only one more time for free.
  • Instead of taking the GIU English language test you may alternatively submit:
    • Recent TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum accepted scores are 86 points (Internet-based test) / 560 points (paper-based test).
    • Recent IELTS scores (International English Language Testing System): minimum accepted score is 6.5.
  • Applicants with lower scores may be accepted upon overall evaluation of student’s file.

For students applying for the Design Program only:

Applicants will receive an email from the Admission Office to continue with the next step in the admission process, which will be the submission of the portfolio and the on-campus aptitude test and interview.

Students are kindly requested to choose a session and stick carefully to the instructions and requirements written in the “Portfolio submission and Aptitude Test invitation” email. Students will not be allowed to enter the exam without submission of the portfolio of artistic work according to the requirements written in the email.

The aptitude test as well as the interview at GIU will be supervised by GIU staff. Applicants going through the on-campus aptitude test will also be requested to do a one-on-one interview with an appointed committee member to discuss the applicant’s work and mutual expectations from the future study plans.

3. Final Application Evaluation and Admission Decision

Students who submitted all required documents and passed the admission tests will receive a Final Admission Decision or Study Offer. In case of missing documents, applicants will receive an email with the missing credentials, which may lead to a delay in your admission status.

Students who will receive their Final Study / Acceptance Offer will be asked to proceed with the next step in the admission process.

4. Payment and Final Admission

The final steps before your classes begin are:

  • Accepted applicants will receive a Final Study Offer for the selected study program, with a deadline to make the down payment and to submit certified copies of their certificates.
  • Payment of tuition: Down payment is required to secure enrollment. Students can select between the 3 payment options as stated in the tuition fees.
  • Apply for visa (if needed): non-EU students may request an “Invitation Letter” upon final acceptance into a specific program
  • Once enrolled, you will receive your student ID, email account and course schedule
  • Attend the orientation session before the start of the semester

We urge all non-EU students to apply as early as possible to allow enough time for visa processing and to always keep us informed regarding your visa application status. Please note that the GIU team is not to be held responsible for the successful and timely issuance of your visa

GIU Berlin Tuition and Fees

€ 3,715 per semester

The tuition fees for the academic year 2023/2024 is €3715/semester includes the following:

  • All academic subjects and courses (except extra and elective courses)
  • Administrative on-campus services.

The tuition fees do not cover:

  • Living Expenses (€ 934 per month) for more details: click here
  • Semester Ticket Fees € 211
  • Private Medical Insurance Fees € 408 per year
  • Admission test fees € 80
  • Lab Insurance Fees € 420

Deposit amount refunded at the end of the academic studies

Tuition and Fees Payment Procedures

At GIU Berlin, we offer various payment options to make the process convenient for our students. Here's how you can pay your tuition:

  1. Lump Sum Payment:
    • Pay the full tuition fee for the semester in one go.
    • The payment is typically due before the start of the semester year.
    • Make sure to submit your payment on time to secure your enrollment.
  2. Installment Payment:
    • Split the total tuition fee into two equal installments.
    • The first installment is due before the start of the semester, and the second installment is due halfway through the semester.
    • This option provides flexibility in managing your payment obligations.
  3. Monthly Payment Plan: (Direct debit agreement)
    • Opt for a personalized monthly payment plan that suits your needs.
    • You can enroll for monthly payment plan starting the second semester of your study.
    • Get in touch with our Student Finance Office to discuss the specific details of the monthly payment plan.

How to Make Payments:

Bank Transfer

    • Transfer the tuition and fees amount directly to our designated bank account.
    • Make sure to include your full name and student ID number as the reference for accurate allocation of the payment.
    • Our Student Finance Office will provide you with the necessary bank account details.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further assistance regarding payment procedures, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Student Finance Office. We are here to support you throughout the payment process.

Email: admission.international@giu-berlin.de

Tel.: +49-(0)30 43660386-12