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What are the entry requirements for Bachelor applicants?

To study at Bachelor's level in Germany, international students must, in general, have a qualification that is equivalent to a German school-leaving certificate (Abitur or Fachhochschulreife). To find out if your qualifications are sufficient to study at the HAW Hamburg please send copies of your certificates to uni assist.

The following are the entry requirements for a Bachelor's programme at the HAW Hamburg:

fold faq Academic requirements - uni assist

All international student applicants*: You must apply online to uni assist (uni assist online portal) and send copies of your school-leaving certificate, etc. to uni assist BEFORE you can apply to the HAW Hamburg. They will check if your qualifications meet the entry requirements for a degree programme at our university and will provide you with a certificate (Vorprüfungsdokumentation - VPD) which you must include in your application to the HAW Hamburg. Please be advised that the process with uni assist can take 4-6 weeks. more information on uni assist Website

*Exceptions: You do not need to apply to uni assist if you have a Studienkolleg certificate (Feststellungsprüfung) or you have an Anerkennungsvermerk from a German public office with your school-leaving grade calculated into the German grading system. NOTE: At the HAW Hamburg the Vorprüfungsdokumentation (VPD) is valid for 2 years.

fold faq APS - Akademische Prüfstelle (China, Vietnam, Mongolia applicants)

Student applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia must also submit a certified copy of your APS certificate from the German embassy in Peking, Shanghai, Hanoi or Ulan Bator with their application to uni assist. APS Website

fold faq HAW Navigator (EU applicants)

Applicants from EU countries: For almost every German-language Bachelor programme there is a HAW Navigator self-test. It will give you an orientation about the contents of the programme and career fields and help you gauge if the degree programme is really a good match. If your chosen degree programme has a HAW Navigator self-test, then you must take it before you can apply online. It is an entry requirement. As the tests are not graded this will not influence your chances of getting a place at the HAW Hamburg. Link to the HAW Navigator

fold faq Hochschulstart (for selected programmes)

If you want to study one of the following degree programmes at the HAW Hamburg, your first step before you apply online is to register with Hochschulstart.de:

  • Applied Computer Science (Angewandte Informatik)
  • Technical Computer Science (Technische Informatik)
  • Foreign Trade/International Management (Außenwirtschaft/Internationales Management)
  • Logistics (TBWL/Logistik)
  • Marketing (TBWL/Marketing)
  • Social Work (Soziale Arbeit)


more information and link to Hochschulstart...

fold faq German language

In order to be able to study at the HAW Hamburg you must have a good working knowledge of the German language [Exception: applicants for degree programmes in English*]. If you hold a relevant language certificate, please submit it as an officially authenticated copy with your application. It must not be older than two years, unless you have studied successfully at a German university since taking the examination. more...

* BSc Information Engineering

fold faq English language

International applicants for English-language degree programmes, whose first language is not English, must provide proof of their language ability. The certificate must not be older than two years, unless you have studied in an English-language programme since taking the test. more...

fold faq Work experience (Vorpraxis)

All international students:The university of applied sciences system in Germany places great emphasis on a practical approach to the degree programmes. As part of this idea, the HAW Hamburg requires proof of work experience of 9 - 13 weeks (Vorpraxis) as an entry requirement for some of its Bachelor's programmes. more...

fold faq Applicants for Design programmes

All international students: Applicants for the design degree programmes at the HAW Hamburg must also take an Artistic Aptitude Test [künstlerische Eignungsprüfung]. This takes place at the beginning of November. To participate you must submit a portfolio of your work to the Design department in September. More information in German

Once you are sure about the entry requirements you can move on to the information about the online application process. This contains a step-by-step checklist for applying to the HAW Hamburg. Go to online application.

Letzte Änderung: 08.04.16

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If you have questions:

HAW Hamburg
Admissions Office
Bachelor Admissions Office

Office hours:
Mo. & Tu 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thurs 2 - 5 p.m.

Student Counselling Office
Office hours:
Mo. - Wed. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thurs 2 - 6 p.m.

Campus Berliner Tor
Stiftstraße 69
20099 Hamburg
Germany