Common Ground is a student initiative founded by AStA at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2015. It supports people with refugee experience and disadvantaged internationals before and during their study application process.

Its members act as mediators between prospective students and other university initiatives, such as AStA, International Office, Studium Generale, and Artist Training.

Common Ground is also a place for community building. Each year the group organizes and funds several social art projects by, with, and for people with refugee experience.

The support comes through financing the realization of projects and/or establishing helpful contacts with other students and artists. New opportunities for participation in the university context and raising awareness of the issues relating to migration and exile are regularly offered.


Common Ground is funded by the DAAD as part of the WELCOME program with funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).