International Programmes 2021/2022

BA Interior Architecture/Interior Design BA Interior Architecture/Interior Design

Berlin International University of Applied Sciences • Berlin

Bachelor of Arts
Teaching language
  • English

The Bachelor's programme in Interior Design is fully taught in English.

Programme duration
6 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

1 September

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

The tuition fee is 3,960 EUR per semester plus a one-time registration fee of 250 EUR. Therefore, the total fee for six semesters is 23,760 EUR (excluding the one-time registration fee). EU citizens may pay the amount monthly (660 EUR per month). Non-EU citizens are requested to pay the tuition fee at the beginning of the semester (3,960 EUR).

Joint degree / double degree programme

Interior Architecture/Interior Design is a practice and application-oriented programme that aims to equip its graduates with the professional skills required for conceptualising, planning and realising spaces and the alteration of building interiors. The programme aims to communicate skills and knowledge so that creative and responsible solutions to tasks in the fields of interior design and interior architecture can be independently applied. The graduates should be able to manage tasks by comprehending space as a whole, and utilise their knowledge on the interrelatedness of the built environment, space, light and the human being. The main field of work is foreseen as spaces, furniture, and fittings, as well as objects within the realm of interior space.
Due to the changing profile and complexity of the profession, as well as the international target group of the university, the programme focuses on a broad basic training to acquire professional knowledge and skills to approach projects systematically using the key qualifications of interior design.

The teaching methods of the programme take the personal development and diversity of the students into consideration. Besides lectures, didactic tools are selected based on the principle of facilitating independent learning processes in interactive and task-based learning environments, such as e-learning, experimental, and practice-oriented teaching formats, as well as interdisciplinarity. This is to guarantee optimal results in learning and individualise excellent teaching at Berlin International. This teaching concept lays the foundations for optimal conditions for studying, as well as for future professional activities, as it aims to stimulate enthusiasm for the job while orienting itself towards the demands of the market and society.

The teaching concept of the Bachelor's programme lays great importance on project work in the studies. This is essential and desirable, as this prepares interior designers best for future occupations. Specific courses integrate interdisciplinarity in teaching. The programme is practice-oriented, and building diverse partnerships with businesses is of value to the faculty. This is also perceived positively by students, as it increases their chances in international markets. Besides the practice-oriented profile, artistic and scientific training is also essential to the programme. The design and development of interior design concepts is perceived to be a symbiosis of applied sciences and artistic creation.

The speciality of the Interior Architecture/Interior Design programme at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences lies in its objective of sensitising students to the understanding of the usage and meaning of space for different cultures in varying international contexts. The international orientation of Berlin International provides students with possibilities in study trips, exchange programmes and internship possibilities abroad, specifically through already established campuses within the BAU Global Education Network. Students can experience international and multicultural environments and meet communities of students, scholars, and future fellow colleagues, preparing them for a complex working atmosphere.

Course organisation

The BA Interior Architecture/Interior Design study programme at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences is divided into different stages. Semesters one and two form the basic study period. The basic study period constitutes the introduction to the studies.

The basic study period gives the students a first orientation into the studies and introduces them to the basics. It consists of the modules Design Basics, Technique 1, Visualisation 1, and Theory 1. In addition, General Vocational Practice (GVP) complements the curriculum of the basic study period with a total value of 5 ECTS. General Vocational Practice includes elective courses.

The main study period lasts four semesters (third to sixth semester) and contains modules that expand the basis of the foundation introduced in the basic study period. In the main study period, the percentage of programme-specific courses is understandably higher. The main study period consists of the Design Project Studies, Technique 2, Visualisation 2, Theory 2 and Technique 2 modules as well as three pools of departmental electives (Wahlpflichtfächer), an internship, and the Bachelor's thesis.

PDF Download
A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

An internship of approx. 10 weeks (15 credits) is to be completed by the end of the fifth semester. Programme advisers and a staff member at the Internship Office will assist students in finding an appropriate internship in Germany or abroad.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

The tuition fee is 3,960 EUR per semester plus a one-time registration fee of 250 EUR. Therefore, the total fee for six semesters is 23,760 EUR (excluding the one-time registration fee). EU citizens may pay the amount monthly (660 EUR per month). Non-EU citizens are requested to pay the tuition fee at the beginning of the semester (3,960 EUR).

Semester contribution


Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Berlin International offers scholarships that consist of a 25% reduction of the tuition fee. A scholarship is granted for an academic year and covers the 12 months of a winter semester and summer semester. Applications can be made by students admitted to one of the study programmes in the two weeks following the official start of the winter semester.

Academic admission requirements
  • Abitur, Fachabitur, Studienkolleg, ÖSYM, YÖS, IB Diploma, GCE A Level, SAT, ACT, Secondary School Certificate or other international equivalent (check ANABIN for country-specific regulations or consult us)
  • English language skills (see below)
Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: 

  • IB Diploma
  • TOEFL PBT: 537
  • IBT: 74
  • IELTS (Academic): 6
  • Cambridge FCE: B
  • PTE Academic: 50
  • BAU Global 'English Language Proficiency Exam': PASS

If the applicant's English skills are not sufficient at the point of application, an English language preparatory course may be taken at Berlin International University of Applied Sciences.

Application deadline

1 September

Submit application to


Possibility of finding part-time employment

Berlin offers ample opportunities for a wide range of student jobs. German language skills are an advantage.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters

Berlin International University of Applied Sciences

Content Bild

Berlin International University of Applied Sciences was founded as part of a growing international network of university campuses, offering students a cutting-edge, international study experience and an ideal preparation for careers in the increasingly globalised, modern business environment. Berlin International is built on the experience of offering courses from six different study areas in Berlin as part of the BAU Global Network. Since 2012, we have offered courses in Berlin, built our modern campus and started to welcome students to our own study programmes in 2014/15.
Berlin International University of Applied Sciences is a non-profit institution designed to enrich the higher education landscape in Germany. Currently, Berlin International consists of two faculties, the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Architecture & Design. An expansion is planned for the mid-term future with regard to programmes in Preschool Education and Health Care (especially Senior Health Care).
Internationality and interculturality are central features of the university. In Berlin - one of the most important metropolises in Europe - students and scholars from all over the world learn to deal with the challenges of a progressively globalising world. The language of instruction in all study programmes is English. Additionally, in order to further advance students' international career opportunities, language courses will be offered as elective courses. A central component of all study programmes will also be general skills training in areas such as presentation skills, self-organisation, intercultural communication, and business plan and concept development.
Our goal is to offer a challenging, innovative and practice-oriented education that advances the cultural and linguistic potential of our students. A good teacher-to-student and staff-to-student ratio will allow for individual support and close counselling of all students. With an English language-based, interdisciplinary-oriented education, our students will gain excellent foundations for an international career.
In addition to this strong focus on the education of our students, Berlin International also distinguishes itself from the majority of universities of applied sciences by placing an equally strong focus on excellence in research. For this reason, our university features a stand-alone research institute located between and supporting our two faculties. At this institute, scholars from Berlin International and partner institutions cooperate on state-of-the-art research initiatives in the fields of design, economics, and social sciences.
Berlin International University of Applied Sciences will swiftly become a unique and highly visible part of the higher education landscape in Berlin. We invite all interested students, researchers and institutional partners to contact us about opportunities for study, cooperation and exchange.

85 Different nationalities studying and teaching at Berlin International
68 International students in percent

University location

It is no coincidence that Berlin has been chosen to host the new Berlin International University of Applied Sciences campus. Berlin is one of the most innovative and exciting cities in contemporary Europe, as well as the city that is most attractive and in demand specifically for university students. Berlin International's students will have the opportunity to learn about German culture, politics, history, and daily life while getting to know their new home easily with the help of many internationally oriented businesses and services throughout the city. Additionally, life in Berlin is made easy for Berlin International's students thanks to the opportunity to book a place in one of the university's student apartments.
Berlin is a city of science and research. More than 200,000 people from all over the world work, study and do research at more than 30 universities and 60 research institutions throughout Berlin. Excellent university and state libraries as well as museums provide a stimulating intellectual atmosphere. Berlin International University of Applied Sciences maintains partnerships with many universities and scientific institutions in Berlin, and organises joint activities for our students.
The special atmosphere and charm of Berlin are a result of its very distinct urban character. It is the largest and most lively urban centre in Germany - a hub of government, business and culture - and at the same time it is Germany's greenest city, with two large rivers, hundreds of parks and large forests that offer great opportunities to spend time outdoors. The city boasts more than 170 museums, many theatres, and three state operas. Throughout the year, festivals of music, theatre, and cinema take place in Berlin. In addition, the city has become known all over the world for its young lifestyle, its night life, cafés, and bars. Berlin has also become a centre of global fashion design, with large annual fairs such as the "Berlin Fashion Week".