International partnerships and projects, as well as the internationalisation of courses, research and teaching, play a key role at Folkwang University of the Arts. The person responsible for international partnerships and projects is Vice President for International Affairs and Events, Prof. Hanns-Dietrich Schmidt.
350 members of the teaching staff are responsible for a total of approx. 1600 students. More than 30% of the students are foreign, and come from countries and backgrounds from around the world. Their presence greatly influences the international ambiance of our study environment.
The International Office forms one interface point for international activities at Folkwang University of the Arts. It maintains the university’s international relations, and is the first contact point for any queries regarding student and teacher exchange programs, or the exchange of other staff within the scope of ERASMUS and worldwide.
A list of partner universities can be found here:
Information for international students as well as prospective students can be found in the area for “International Students”.
Folkwang University of the Arts is a member of the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen), a European cultural and teaching network with 280 members in 55 countries.http://www.aec-music.eu/
As co-founder of the international association CUMULUS, whose members have swelled to over 190 universities for design, art, and media from more than 40 countries around the world, the Folkwang University of the Arts can rely on an exceptional platform for knowledge exchange, joint projects, and expositions. With the signing of the Kyoto Design Declaration in 2008, member universities of the CUMULUS association have committed to sharing global responsibility for building sustainable, human-centred and creative societies.
The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) is the primary independent network organisation for higher arts education. With over 300 members in more than 40 countries, it represents some 300,000 students in all art disciplines. ELIA advocates for the arts on the European level, creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of best practices. Folkwang is ELIA-member as well.
From 2009-2014 the Folkwang University of the Arts was also a member of UNeECC. UNeECC is the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture.
Foreign language capabilities, German as a Foreign Language, and intercultural competences are just some of the many key competences offered in the Optional Study Spectrum of the Institute for Lifelong Learning.
Institute for Livelong Learning
International exchange students
We are happy to welcome 15 exchange students at Folkwang to study the winter semester 2016/2017 with us, whereas 17 Folkwang-students spend their exchange term at our partner universities and 5 Folkwang students / graduates are doing an ERASMUS+ internship within Europe.more
Drama School in Palestine
Tsinghua partnership programme