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New Student Orientation takes place in the two weeks before the start of classes of the Winter Semester. Orientation provides students with a foundation for their musical, academic and personal lives at the Akademie, and attendance for new students is mandatory.
Orientation weeks at the Akademie are a busy and exciting time. Activities include participating in a week-long writing workshop, learning about the curriculum and student life matters, receiving administrative support in registering with the city of Berlin, setting up German bank accounts, and more. In addition, Orientation is the time for new students to settle in to student housing, prepare for the start of classes, meet new classmates and discover Berlin.