hamburg, germany

Hochschule für bildende Künste [HFBK]

San Francisco Art Institute undergraduate BFA students may apply to participate in the Art School Alliance international exchange program, led by the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, Germany. This opportunity is best suited for students studying New Genres, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.  One chosen recipient of the prestigious Art School Alliance Scholarship will study in Hamburg for four months (April 2014 – early August 2014), and receive free housing accommodations. The goal of the HFBK Hamburg’s international exchange program Art School Alliance is to intensify links and exchange with famous art universities in the USA, China and Europe. Studio apartments have been provided on two floors of a factory building in the Karolinenstrasse - at the heart of the culture scene, between St. Pauli and the Schanzenviertel district.

The following institutions are partners with HFBK in the Art School Alliance network:

Boston: School of The Museum of Fine Arts
Hangzhou: China Academy of Art
London: Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Art
Paris: École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
San Francisco: San Francisco Art Institute
Vienna: Akademie der bildenden Künste

Program details:

  • Every second week HFBK professors will visit students at the live/work space for lectures.
  • Courses will be taught in English on art theory and history.
  • Group tutorials will take place at the main campus.
  • Students will take part in excursions and events to help them learn about the local culture.
  • A final exhibition / open studios will take place in June.
  • Each SFAI student will be assigned an HFBK mentor to help him or her navigate the campus. In most cases, this mentor will then study at SFAI the following semester. The SFAI scholarship recipient will mentor the HFBK student when he or she attends SFAI during the fall semester

For more information about the program, click here.

Applications are now available!

Application Deadline: 5 PM on Monday, April 1, 2013

Please contact the Global Programs Office for application materials and requirements.

Applications will be reviewed by an SFAI committee. Applicants will be notified of result by the end of the spring 2013 term.


The minimum SFAI requirements to be eligible to apply for the Art School Alliance program do not have to be complete at the time of application, but must be complete before your Spring 2014 semester away from SFAI:

  • English Composition A & B (6 units)
  • Humanities A & B (6 units)
  • Global Art History, Modernism and Modernity, and Contemporary Art Now (9 units)
  • 3.25 minimum GPA
  • Junior Status: 60- 75 units complete (24 units earned at SFAI, no more than 45 units of transfer credit already received)
  • Must be able to complete 30 units at SFAI upon return to fulfill SFAI residency requirement for degree completion


All courses will be taught in English. 

Spring Term Dates

The SFAI recipient will study in Hamburg during the spring 2014 term (April – August)

Tuition, Fees and Curriculum

SFAI recipient will receive 15 units of credit (12 units of studio, 3 units of theory-based units) upon successful completion of coursework abroad.  Recipient will maintain enrollment at SFAI and continue to pay full tuition and fees to SFAI.  In addition, recipient is required to pay a monthly fee to maintain health insurance coverage while in Hamburg.  Students are eligible to receive all federal, state, and institutional financial aid while participating in the Art School Alliance.  Recipient is responsible for securing the necessary visa required to study in Germany and The student is required to obtain a valid passport.

Housing Overview

Each student will have his or her own room but will share the studio space, kitchen, bathroom, and dining room with five other students. The live/work space is on two floors of a factory building in the Karolinenstrasse, the heart of Hamburg’s cultural scene, between the St. Pauli and Schanzenviertel districts.