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HAW Hamburg

Applying as a guest student

Exchange students

If your university has a cooperation with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, then please contact your International Office or Study Abroad Coordinator to apply for a place as a guest student. Here is a list of our university partners, if you are not sure:

Erasmus Partner universities
Overseas Partner universities

You will be required to send the following:

  • HAW Hamburg application form (includes housing form and learning agreement form)
  • Proof of payment of the semester contribution
  • Health insurance form (students studying in non-EU countries only)
  • List of courses to be taken in Hamburg (Learning Agreement - see above)
  • students choosing classes in German should provide proof of German (at least B1)

Application forms are available from your home International Office and must be sent directly by them.


If your university does not have a cooperation with us, then please write to the Faculty you are interested in studying at (see contact), stating clearly that you would like the application form for guest students (freemover). Please also state which university you are studying at, which semester you are in and which degree programme at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences you are interested in.

The application forms are available in September and March.

You must be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree programme at your home university and have successfully completed at least three semesters.

Together with the application form please also enclose the following: 

  • CV / resumé*
  • statement of motivation for your stay in Hamburg*
  • List of courses to be taken in Hamburg (Learning Agreement)
  • confirmation of student status
  • Transcript of Records
  • reference from a professor of your home university
  • information about your level of German or English, depending on the language of the classes you are taking (TOEFL (min. 85 points), IELTS (min. band 6), Cambridge certificates for English; German (min. B2)

* in German or English depending on the language of instruction of the chosen courses in Hamburg.

Your application will be processed by the Department you have chosen to study at. You will receive a letter from the International Office informing you whether you have been offered a place. It usually takes about four weeks to process an application.

Once you have been accepted, you will be required to pay the semester contribution and send us proof of payment.

The following departments do not accept freemovers:

- Department of Aeronautical Engineering
- Department of Business
- Department of Design
- Department of Information
- Department of Media Technology (Film)

Application deadlines

Winter semester (Sept. - Feb.)   Application deadline: 30. April
Summer semester (March - July)   Application deadline: 30. October


Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science
Hella Rieger

Faculty of Life Sciences
Astrid von der Heide

Faculty of Design, Media & Information
Nir Alon

Faculty of Business & Social Sciences
Lea Andres

Letzte Änderung: 05.09.14

An die Redaktion

»My experience in Germany was one of great fun and great challenges. I met some wonderful people from all over the world, excelled in my studies and learned a lot about who I am

Becky Parisotto, Canada 
BA Fine Arts