Central Student Advisory Service at the Folkwang University of the Arts

Welcome to the Student Advisory Service!

We are the first point of contact for prospective and current students with any questions or problems around studying at Folkwang. Based on your individual situation, we would like to help you find your way to a decision or solution. This service is confidential, free of charge and available in German or English.

Office hours (in person):
Mon – Fri 10:00 – 12:00 noon and by appointment, Campus Essen-Werden, Room V015
Thu 10:00 – 12:00 noon and by appointment, Campus Welterbe Zollverein | Quartier Nord, Room 1.07

ZOOM* office hour
Wed, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Feel free to drop by during our office hours, no appointment required.

Notice: The Student Advisory Service is closed on Friday, 31.05.2024.

Telefon: +49 201 4903384 and +49 201 4903315
WhatsApp** (texting only) +49 151 15686923

Kontakt Beratung

Annemarie Döpper

Department Studies and International Affairs | Student advisory service
_Representative for Students with Disability or Chronic Illness


+49 (0)201_4903-384 | Thursdays: +49 (0)201_6505-1434

Nora Naujoks

Department Studies and International Affairs | Student advisory service (in parental leave representation)
_Strategic Planning: International Relations | Partners | Projects (in parental leave representation)

What we can help you with:

Prospective students

Content, structure and requirements of our study courses

Choosing the right course for you

Admission and language requirements

Application process and aptitude tests

Current students

Administrative procedures (re-enrolment, leaves of absence, regulations, deadlines)

Planning your studies (signing up for classes and exams, recognition of previous studies, final exams and graduation) 

Difficulties (e.g. difficulties in completing your course or personal difficulties related to your studies)

Reorientation (e.g. switching to a different study course, university or career path)

Maternity protection


Different study models (e.g. studying part-time or as a guest auditor)

Studying in Germany as an international student (e.g. issues relating to your residence permit)

Student life and student housing

Finding the right contact persons at the university

Referral to services outside the university

In addition, the student advisory service provides introductory meetings for first-year students and info sessions for prospective students in cooperation with other Folkwang faculty and staff. We also participate in education fairs and similar events events in cooperation with the Landesmusikakademie NRW, the University of Duisburg-Essen and others.

For subject-specific consultations, e.g. to assess your artistic performance level, please contact the lecturers of the respective study course or visit the info sessions held by the respective course or department. Portfolio consultation appointments for the bachelor's courses photography, product design and communication design are coordinated by Ms. Sonja Zenker.

For information on other advisory services available at Folkwang (e.g. psychosocial counseling, studying with disabilities, career orientation), check our advisory guide (Link:

*During our ZOOM office hour, you can simply log in via the link to the waiting room. Consultations are one on one; as soon as one of our advisors is available, we will allow you to join the call from the waiting room. Zoom consultations are subject to Zoom Inc's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

**To contact us via WhatsApp, simply save the number of the student advisory service on your smartphone and text us through WhatsApp. On weekdays, we will answer or refer you to the right point of contact for your question as quickly as possible. Any communication through WhatsApp is subject to the terms of use and privacy policy of WhatsApp Inc. (Link, neues Fenster: ). We will not use the data that you communicate to us through WhatsApp for any purpose other than to answer your questions. We will not pass on your data to third parties. As soon as your concern has been resolved, your phone number and the entire chat history will be deleted. For more data-protected and secure communication, you still have the option of contacting us via SMS, e-mail or telephone instead.