Our advisory service for students

You are facing (new) questions and challenges in your studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts and need help?
We will be pleased to advice you on your issues:

Student Advisory Service & academic advisory services

In the Central Student Advisory Service Annemarie Döpper provides advice on:

_study planning and organisation
_formal questions about the study
_formal questions about the study
_special situation of international students
_transition to post-graduate study courses at Folkwang
_and much more..

For further information see:


In the faculties the teaching staff can provide academic advice on:

_questions relating to their field of study

(in particular the study programme coordinators and specialised sections’ speakers).

AStA (General Student Committee)

As AStA management Anke Westermann provides advice on:

_general issues of the Student Body (e.g. semester ticket in the holiday semester)

_student co-determination and committee work in the university

_individual predicaments of students


In the AStA department ‚Internationales‘ Raimu Satoh helps with:

_international students’ questions regarding studying and living in Germany

_international students' filling out forms & visiting the authorities (e.g. for residence registration, opening of bank accounts or visa application)


In addition, in the AStA department ‚Gesundheitsförderung (health promotion)‘ Dr. Leonard Cruz offers a health coaching.


For further information see:

'Start with a buddy' orientation mentoring

The buddies provide advice and support on:

_need for orientation in the study entry phase

_e.g. questions regarding the university as well as issues relating to accommodation, temporary work and leisure activities


To register to the programme and for further information see:

Optional Studies & German as a Foreign Language

At the Institute for Lifelong Learning Stefanie Melters provides advice on:

_study planning and recognition of examination performances in the area of Optional Studies | Key Competences

_recognition of language certificates as well as requirements, offers and problems regarding German as a Foreign Language


For further information see:

Funding & financial advisory services

Regarding Funding Beate Jankowski provides advice on:

_financial questions relating to your studies and to individual predicaments of students

_Folkwangscholarships & competitions

_project funding and implementing artistic cooperations

For further information see:


Regarding financing the Studierendenwerke (student service providers) advice and support you on:

_questions and issues relating to study financing (also individual predicaments)

_financing in accordance with BaföG (Federal Education & Training Assistance Act)

_mediation of loans & the KfW-Banking Group student loan

For further information see: [Essen & Duisburg] [Bochum]

Equal Opportunity Office & Studying with family

The Central Equal Opportunity Officer Nina Kaiser provides advice on:

_equal opportunities for women and men and beyond

_removing structural obstacles & implementing equality-relevant ideas

For further information see:


In the Family Service Nina Kaiser provides advice on:

_questions regarding the compatibility of studying and family life (e.g. financing and care options)

_family-friendly university development

For further information see the webpage of the Family Service (in German only)

Protection against sexual harassment

The external counselling service offers you anonymously:

_help & information concerning your rights when feeling sexually harassed

(including suspicion of a transgression and/or discrimination)


Contact: +49 (0)201 8621212 or ombudsstelle(at)


For further information see the webpage of the counselling service against sexual harassment

Social Advice & Counselling

The Studierendenwerk Essen-Duisburg (student service provider of Essen and Duisburg) advices and supports you in:

_difficult situations concerning life in general and/or studying
_e.g. conflicts, emotional issues, self-doubt, anxiety about the future or feeling overwhelmed


For further information see: