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The application phase for prospective World Music students starts with the Info day (in February). Application documents must be postmarked by April 30th. Each year, approx. 12 new students are admitted to the World Music B.A. programme. The programme always begins in the winter semester.

Those who wish to participate in the entrance exam, usually in June of each year, must submit the following documents by April 30th of the same year:

  • Completely filled in application form.
  • High school diploma, equivalent to German Abitur.
  • Three songs, one of them solo, at least one of the titles must also be submitted as a live video (solo or with band, maximum 200 MB).
  • CV in tabular form
  • Proof of required level of German language, at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. DSH exam level 2. (This is not necessary for German citizens who graduated from German schools, those who have been educated in Germany or those who have a university entrance qualification from a foreign institution with German as the language of instruction.)

Information for foreign applicants and German applicants with foreign school qualifications
Applicants from abroad
  • A valid visa/residence permit must be submitted at the latest by the start of the programme.
  • International applicants must attach a certificate to their university qualification stating that it is equivalent to the German Abitur (A-levels) or university degree. Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design (ABK Stuttgart) is currently in charge of validating foreign university qualifications. Click here to apply to have your degree recognised.

    Studiensekretariat der Akademie der Bildenden Künste
    Am Weißenhof 1
    70191 Stuttgart
    Phone: +49 711 284400

    Note: An (under) graduate degree obtained in Germany also serves as a certificate of equivalence for a foreign secondary school diploma.

Applicants with a German citizenship and a foreign secondary school degree
For German citizens with foreign secondary school degrees, please contact:
Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Abt. 7 Schule und Bildung
Postfach 103642
70031 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 904 17170


Johannes Kieffer
Fon: +49 621 53397275  E-Mail:


  • The World Music programme is accredited by the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute ACQUIN.
  • Students studying at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg are eligible for BAföG funding.
  • To meet the application deadline, upload the document on April 30th by 11:59pm at the latest.
  • The date for the entrance exam is announced on the WM Facts page.
  • The beginning of studies is only possible during the winter semester.
  • Here you can find the regulation of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art concerning the qualification for studying at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg (in German).
  • The admission to the Popakademie requires the acceptance of the current usage regulations (in German).
  • There are no tuition fees for domestic students, as well as students from the EU obtaining their main degree at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. For international students (non-EU) and for those pursuing a second undergraduate degree, the universities of Baden-Württemberg are obliged to charge tuition fees.