Need a Visa or Funding? Important Information For Non-EU Residents

At dBs Berlin, we’re firm believers that the greater the diversity of the community, the more potential for creativity. There are an incredible 59 nationalities studying our film and music courses this year, and that number is only set to grow in 2020. That means even more opportunities to collaborate, share, and grow your creative network in Berlin and beyond!

Applications for the 2020/21 course year are now open. So, for non-EU residents, or applicants from Sweden, Norway and Iceland, it’s already time to get organised! Here’s what you need to know.


Non-EU Residents:

Apply by 29 February 2020


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There is a reason that the application deadline is so much sooner for non-EU citizens. Depending on your country of residence, the visa application process may take as long as a few months. The good news, however, is that you’ve still got ample time to decide whether or not you’d like to apply. If you can make it to Berlin, we highly recommend dropping in for a visit. Please reach out to us in advance at or call us at +49 30 2900 9052.

Once you’re 100 percent certain, our admissions team will happily support you with the documents needed to successfully acquire your student visa or funding.

Students who successfully acquired student visas this year came from the following countries: Ukraine, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, South Korea, China, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Venezuela. If your country is not listed here, we recommend that you start the dBs Berlin application process as early as January 2020. It may be harder for you to get a visa, so you’ll need as much time as possible to get your application approved.

If you are applying to a one-year course, you may not need to apply for a student visa, as there are other options available for short stays. Find out more country-specific information here.

UK nationals, we know what you’re thinking: where the heck do I stand with Brexit?! Since the date and details of Britain’s exit from the EU are far from being confirmed, we recommend checking in with your local government administration.


Residents of Sweden, Norway or Iceland:

Apply by 30 June 2020 to Request Funding


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Need to request funding? The following organisations can provide financial support for BA or MA study at dBs Berlin: CSN in Sweden, Lín in Iceland, and Lånekassen in Norway.


Visit an Open Day


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Our next Showcase Event takes place on Saturday the 22nd of February from 13:30. Join us at our vibrant Funkhaus Berlin location to get a taste of our film and music programmes. In addition to a guided tour of our facilities and studios, you’ll be able to take part in a series of exciting workshops hosted by our tutors and students. Workshop spaces are limited, so be sure to RSVP in advance on the music or film websites to secure your spot.

The final Open Day will take place in May 2020, but drop-ins throughout the year are also possible by signing up via the aforementioned links. If you can’t make it to Berlin, chat to our admissions team. They’ll fill you in with any information you may need.


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