Start of the programme in summer semester. The application period ends one month prior to the start of the programme. Applications received after the deadline can only be considered in the event of further available study places.


Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) in Fashion Design or relevant field along the textile chain, equalling 210 ECTS credit points.


Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) in Fashion Design or relevant field along the textile chain, equalling 180 ECTS credit points and proof of one-year full-time work experience, compensating for the missing 30 ECTS.

For applicants withouth relevant, professional work experience, ESMOD Berlin offers an alternative option for selected applicants:

Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) in Fashion Design or relevant field along the textile chain, equalling 180 ECTS credit points and successfully completed specialised study plan at ESMOD Berlin, running for one semester, compensating for the missing 30 ECTS. Programme start in winter semester each year, successful students will automatically be accepted to the Master Programme Sustainability in Fashion.

Language skills: fluent English


The personality and capability of an applicant is just as important as their motivation. ESMOD Berlin highly values individual training - therefore the school has a slightly different selection process than that of state fashion schools.

The application process involves three steps: first, the submission of a creative portfolio, CV and education certificates; second, completing a little homework given by ESMOD (as well as filling out a questionnaire), and finally, a personal interview. After the interview successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance to ESMOD Berlin.

Due to the increase in international applicants, interviews via Skype are also available.

Please fill in the application form and include the following documents:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV
  • Portfolio
  • all relevant certificates

Please send the application either as a pdf-file to or by post to:

MA Sustainability in Fashion
Görlitzer Str.51
10997 Berlin


The course of study at ESMOD is subject to tuition and fees.

If you are interested in studying fashion design at ESMOD Berlin, please contact us for further information

The ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion is listed under the Federal Training Assistance Act 
(BaföG), as an officially  recognized private university. Under certain conditions, applicants may be eligible to receive financial support.

The tuition fee for the three semester Master Program in the academic year 2015/16 is 4.650,00 Euro per Semester for EU Students and 5.650,00 Euro per semester for Non-EU students. A registration fee of 3.000,00 Euro must be paid within two weeks after acceptance into the course. The registration fee will be set off against the tuition fee.

Material and travel costs are not included in this price.

For further details please refer to the educational contract.


In order to receive financing for your studies, there are various forms of compensation, some of which can be combined:

* BaföG (Federal Training Assistance Act)
* Student loans (banks)
* Educational loans (Federal Office of Administration)
* Scholarships (funding organizations for outstanding pupils, including foundations and
other institutions)
* Graduate loans (Studienabschluss- darlehen)
* Housing allowance
* Tax exemptions for training costs

International Students

Studying in Germany the Guide from Mawista

Please note that international students should contact their home ministries of education. ESMOD Berlin students from the following countries have successfully received funding from their respective governments:

The DAAD and other private funds may also provide living expenses, grants and/or Scholarships to foreign students:

For more information, please see:
DAAD scholarship database

Stipendienlotse des Bundesministeriums für Bildung (in German)

This database lets you enter your specific details and shows funding possibilities based on your individual profile.


German Federal Support

According to the Federal Training Assistance Act (BaföG), the status of ESMOD Berlin is equivalent to that of a public institution. Whether you are eligible to receive BAföG is dependent upon various factors. For example. age of the applicant, income and educational background are relevant factors.
BaföG is only awarded to international students in exceptional cases. You can find further information on eligibility here:
In order to receive more detailed information, application forms, as well as an approximate calculation of the amount of BAföG funding you are eligible to receive, please visit the following sites: (German)

Student Loans
Student loans are dependent on various factors, including the requested amount, repayment arrangements, duration of the loan and individual circumstances. We recommend you request more detailed information on student loans from your respective bank.
In order to receive information on sufficient student financing models relevant to your specific needs, consult the annual publication titledCHE-Studienkredit-Test
CHE student loan test forms, published annually, are a good resource for providing guidance on the proper financing of studies in relation to individual requirements for a loan.

Examples of credit institutions in Berlin include: (German)

The KfW Development Bank offers state-subsidized student loans.

Educational Loans

Educational loans offer beneficial loan conditions for students, however, unlike basic student loans, these loans are only granted to students after successful completion of their second semester. It is also possible to receive an educational loan in combination with other financing options, such as in combination with BaföG. In addition, second degrees are also supported!

More information can be found here: (German)

Educational Funds

An alternative to a traditional student loan is to receive funding from an educational fund. A special feature of this type of funding is that the repayment only starts after the graduate has a steady income. The funding recipients must re-pay the loan over a predetermined period of time with a pre-arranged specified percentage of earnings which is then paid to the educational fund (earnings-related reimbursement). Thus, there is never a risk that the loan repayments cannot be met.

Scholarships are awarded by:

* Economic and political entities
* Party-affiliated, state and union trusts
* Research institutions  and other organizations
* Federal and state agencies
* Religious organizations
* Private foundations

  • * The 12 young talent organizations that are supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research can be found here: A flyer with a brief description of each of the foundations can be downloaded here: 

* Since 2008/09 the Upgrading Scholarships program of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research supports applicants with work experience. It is especially focused on supporting those who have acquired their university entrance requirements either through adult education programs, by recognition of a special talent or who have gained subject-specific expertise through professional programs.

Good performance in school and / or at college/university is beneficial for receiving such grants;  however it is not mandatory.

Besides the larger institutions, there are many smaller foundations that are also worth exploring.

In this regard the following databases and links are very informative. You can specify the fields of study and enter your areas of interest accordingly:

DATABASES - Scholarships (German)

Links that require registration:


These links are excellent, as they provide well-researched information on student aid and are constantly updated (they also provide other relevant information  regarding other areas of interest for students):

Further links:
    * (German) (German)


* Democratic Study Funding:
The ABSOLVENTA scholarship works differently than conventional scholarship funding          programs. Every student at a German university who submits a formal request is eligible to
apply for funding. Instead of a commission deciding on eligibility, the internet community decides by democratic election who shall receive the scholarships.

* The Friedrich Ebert Foundation offers a scholarship on a trial basis:  (German)


* For fashion-and textile-industry-related  course of studies:

Wilhelm Lorch Foundation
60326 Frankfurt aM
Phone: (+49) 069-7595-1305
Fax: (+49) 069-7595-1309

Foundation of the German Apparel Industry

List of fashion competitions and scholarships (German)
* Other:

Cologne high school and endowment funds
Stadtwaldgürtel 18
50931 Cologne
Tel 0221/406331-0
Fax: 0221/406331-9
E-mail: (German)


GIC: partial scholarship stipend and travel expenses

The German Society for International Cooperation (GIC) supports national student internship programs for students who are studying the fields of economics and (applied) technology - such as e.g.: Fashion Design (B.A.). The prerequisite for applying for a partial scholarship is that the planned internship must have a minimum length of 5 months. Scholarships covering travel expenses will be awarded for 3 month internships.  Scholarships are awarded to placements mainly in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and a few scholarships are also awarded for internships in other countries.

Detailed information about eligibility requirements and forms for these programs, can be found here:

Partial scholarship for a semester (German)

Travel expenses stipend (German)

DFJ: Scholarships for internships in France

The Franco-German Youth Office promotes internships in France with a scholarship amounting to 300 € / month and also subsidizes arrival and departure costs.

DAAD Semester Abroad at a Foreign University
Kennedy Allee 50
53175 Bonn
Phone: (+49) 0228-882-0
Fax: (+49) 0228-882-444
E-mail: postmaster(at)

Education for Europe
This is a national agency of the Federal Institute for Professional Education and provides internships in central European states within the EU-program “LEONARDO DA VINCI”