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Applying for a Master's programme at the HAW Hamburg

As an international student it isn't always easy to understand the application process in a foreign country. We hope this step-by-step guide will help you make a successful application to our university.

fold faq Application process step-by-step - for Master applicants from non-EU countries

1. Winter or summer semester: Find out when your chosen degree programme starts and when the application deadline is by looking at the table of degree programmes. Follow the link.

2. certified copies (amtliche Beglaubigung): The copies of your school and university certificates as well as your language certificates and APS certificate (if relevant) must be officially certified before you can send them to uni assist. If they are not in German or English they must also have officially certified translations. Please do not send originals with your application. 

3. Entry requirements & uni assist: If you completed your school and university education outside of Germany, you must send your certificates to be reviewed by uni assist BEFORE you can apply online to the HAW Hamburg. You will get a certificate (Vorprüfungsdokumentation) from uni assist that you must include with your application to us. Please apply early as the process can take 4-6 weeks. Follow the link for more information. 
Exceptions: You do not need to apply to uni assist if you have a German Bachelor's degree or you have an Anerkennungsvermerk from a German public office with your Bachelor's grade calculated into the German grading system.

If you are not sure whether you have the prerequisites to study in Germany, uni assist will tell you: uni-assist website.

4. APS: If you completed your school and university education in China, in Mongolia or in Vietnam, then you must get your certificates reviewed by the Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) at the German embassy in Peking, Shanghai, Ulan Bator or Hanoi. Please send a certified copy of the APS certificate with your application to uni assist. Follow the link for the APS website.

5. German language: If your chosen degree is in German and German is not your first language, then you must submit a language certificate with their application to the HAW Hamburg. Follow the German language link for more information about the German requirements.

6. Studying in English: If your chosen degree programme is in English and English is not your first language, then you must include a language certificate with your application to the HAW Hamburg. Follow the link for more information about the English requirements. Please note: Some Master Programmes in English require A2 German (see the English Master degree information pages for your chosen degree programme to see if they require German).

7. GRE/GMAT: Some Master programmes require a GRE Revised General Test as part of their application. Our institution code is 7031. Others might request a GMAT. You can see if your chosen degree programme requires a GRE or GMAT in the degree information sheets. More information about these certificates on the GRE website or GMAT website.

8. Artistic Aptitude Test: Applicants for our Design programmes have to complete an artistic aptitude test in June before they can apply online for the winter semester. To apply for the aptitude test you must submit a portfolio of your work in the first two weeks of June directly to the Department of Design. Follow the link for more information (in German).

9. Apply online: The online application process is open only during the designated application periods. In general, 1. June - 15. July and 1. December - 15. January. There are a couple of exceptions. Please see your degree programme information page for your application period. Follow the link for the online application process.

10. A complete application: Please print off your application form once you have completed your online application and send it to the HAW Hamburg Admissions Office together with the other documents requested for your degree programme. This information can be found on the degree information pages.

fold faq Application process step-by-step - for Master applicants from EU countries

1. Winter or summer semester: Find out when your chosen degree programme starts and when the application deadline is.

2. certified copies (amtliche Beglaubigung): The copies of your school and university certificates as well as your language certificates must be officially certified before you can send them to uni assist. If they are not in German or English they must also have officially certified translations. Please do not send originals with your application.

3. Entry requirements & uni assist: If you completed your school and university education outside of Germany, you must send your certificates to be reviewed by uni assist BEFORE you can apply online to the HAW Hamburg. You will get a certificate (Vorprüfungsdokumentation) from uni assist that you must include with your application to us. Please apply early as the process can take 4-6 weeks. Follow the link for more information.

Exceptions: You do not need to apply to uni assist if you have a German Bachelor's degree or you have an Anerkennungsvermerk from a German public office with your Bachelor's grade calculated into the German grading system.

If you are not sure whether you have the prerequisites to study in Germany, uni assist will tell you: uni-assist website.

4. German language: If your chosen degree is in German and German is not your first language, then you must submit a language certificate with their application to the HAW Hamburg. Follow the German language link for more information about the German requirements.
Please note: Some Master Programmes in English require A2 German (see the English Master degree information sheets for your chosen degree programme to see if they require German).

5. studying in English: If your chosen degree programme is in English and English is not your first language, then you must include language certificates with your application to the HAW Hamburg. Follow the link for more information about the English requirements. Please be aware that some English Master's programmes still require applicants to have A2 German.

6. GRE/GMAT: Some Master programmes require a GRE Revised General Test as part of their application. Our institution code is 7031. Others might request a GMAT. You can see if your chosen degree programme requires a GRE or GMAT in the degree information sheets. More information about these certificates on the GRE website or GMAT website.

7. Artistic Aptitude Test: Applicants for our Design programmes have to complete an artistic aptitude test in June before they can apply online for the winter semester. To apply for the aptitude test you must submit a portfolio of your work in the first two weeks of June directly to the Department of Design. Follow the link for more information (in German).

8. Apply online: The online application process is open only during the designated application periods. In general, 1. June - 15. July and 1. December - 15. January. There are a couple of exceptions. Please see your degree programme information page for your application period. Follow the link for the online application process.

9. A complete application: Please print off your application form once you have completed your online application and send it to the HAW Hamburg Admissions Office together with the other documents requested for your degree programme. This information can be found on the degree information pages.

fold faq Getting a place - Tips for a successful application

Please read carefully what documents are required for your chosen Master's programme. Information about the documents that must be included with your application can be found on the first page of the degree programme information sheets (see links in the list of Master's programmes).

A committee of professors and members of the university administration award the places on our Master's programmes for international students. They look at your Bachelor grade and your German or English grade as well as your GRE or GMAT score (where relevant).

They look at your resumé to see what you have done in your life so far, what interests you have, what study-relevant internships or work experience you have completed, etc. If required, your statement of motivation will be an important basis for deciding whether to offer you a place, if we have candidates with similar academic qualifications.

Please take care with these documents and make sure they show you to your best advantage and cover the points requested in the degree information sheets. If you have reference letters for internships relevant to your study choice, then please don't forget to enclose copies of these.

The Master's programmes at the HAW Hamburg are small, so please don't waste your opportunity by omitting to send in all the requested documents. Most applicants are turned down because they haven't included their GRE or TOEFL score (where relevant) or don't have proof of basic German (A2) when requested for some of the English programmes. Good luck with your application!

Application deadlines

The academic year at the HAW Hamburg is split into two semesters and for most of our degree programmes you can apply to start in the winter or the summer semester:

Winter semester: (Sept. - Feb.)       Application period: 1. June - 15. July
Summer semester: (March - July)   Application period: 1. December - 15. January

Exceptions:
- Public Health (MPH): 1. June - 30. September (for visa-seeking applicants; for summer semester only; for other applicants the normal application period for the summer semester (1. Dez. - 15. Jan.) applies)
- Public Health (MPH): 1. December - 31. March (for the winter semester)
- Renewable Energy Systems (MEng): 1. April - 15. July (application to winter semester only)
- Social & Health Management (MBA): 1. April - 30. September

The list of Master degree programmes tells you when your programme starts. It is only possible to apply online during the application periods. Applications received after 15. July and 15. January will not be processed.

NOTE: The online application process is open only during the application periods (see above).

DISCLAIMER: We try our best to ensure that the information on these English pages is up-to-date. In cases of dispute the German pages are the official pages.

Letzte Änderung: 05.04.17

An die Redaktion

If you have questions:

HAW Hamburg
Admissions Office
Masters Admissions Office

Campus Berliner Tor
Stiftstraße 69
20099 Hamburg
Germany

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


»The HAW Hamburg is a place where you can combine the theory of the university with the real world of industry, especially in aeronautical engineering, where I did my Bachelor's and Master's degree.«

Erick Kitili, Kenia
MSc Aeronautical Engineering