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Collaborations and international Relationships

In the composition of students and teachers, the KHM is characterized by a high degree of internationalization. Those working at the KHM bring experiences from different cultural backgrounds into the daily practice of artistic work. Internationalization often takes place in the artistic/film work. With around 40 professorships and 400 students, the exchange and production relationships are manifold. Numerous projects, productions, exhibitions, etc. take place abroad. Such cooperations often exist only for a one-time occasion. In addition, the KHM maintains exchange relationships with universities in other European and non-European countries.

Study abraod

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) supports students in their intention to spend part of their studies at a foreign university because of the cultural, personal and professional experiences that such a stay entails. In addition, partnerships are also intended to stimulate subject-specific exchanges between professors and teachers and promote cooperation in relevant research areas. KHM's numerous cooperations are often the result of the initiative and commitment of individual KHM faculty members. There are long-standing exchange relationships for example with the art faculty of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) in Bogotá, as well as with Emerson College Boston or the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. The KHM also cooperates with the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris. Through Erasmus+, the KHM promotes the exchange of students, teachers and staff in other European countries.

Once a year in November/December, the academy publishes a call for applications for all study abroad places available in the following academic year (winter and summer semester) including information on the respective application requirements, deadlines, possible funding, etc. Students who are interested in studying abroad are kindly asked to inform themselves as early as possible on the possibilities and requirements.

International Students at the KHM

The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) offers a unique educational concept - the only one of its kind in Germany - that brings together the fields of film, art and theory in one degree course: Media and Fine Arts. The Media and Fine Art Diploma Degree can be attained via a 9-semester undergraduate course (Diploma Degree I) or a 4-semester further qualifying course (Diploma Degree II). Please note that bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees cannot be conferred by the KHM. Foreign and German applicants must fulfil the same fundamental entry requirements at the KHM. As the courses at the KHM will be held in German, it is also expected that foreign applicants can prove sufficient knowledge of the German language (level B2). As of now, an amount of rund € 330 is payable for one semester by each student. Information about study options, course content, application procedure and entry requirements an be found on our website under "Application procedure".

Information for potential visiting students at the KHM

Only programme students, who apply within the framework of existent co-operation agreements between the KHM and other higher-education institutions or short-term scholarship holders (for example from the German Academic Exchange Service—DAAD) can be admitted to study as visiting students. Applying independently for a place as a visiting student at the KHM is not possible. Visiting students are enrolled for at least one, at the most two, whole semesters. Being a visiting student at the KHM does not implicitly indicate the determination of artistic aptitude required for the Media and Fine Art degree course. An admission requirement for DAAD applicants, from the side of both the DAAD and the KHM, is a written pledge from a professor stating that they will supervise the visiting student’s planned project at the KHM should they receive a scholarship from the DAAD. DAAD applicants are requested to contact a possible mentor (professor) at the KHM directly.

German Tutorial for International Students

The KHM offers a German (currently online) tutorial to international students who want to improve their German language skills. It currently takes place as an online event on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9 and 11 am. In arrangement with the lecturer, it is also possible to attend only one of the two dates each week. Regular attendance is expected.

Please note that this course does not prepare for a B2 exam.

If you are interested, please send an email to



    Katrin Seiniger

    Ruth Weigand (Elternzeit)
    Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 133

    Fax: +49 221 20189 – 49133


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    Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln Peter-Welter-Platz 2
    D-50676 Köln
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