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Tuition fees, living costs & scholarships

What does it cost to study at the HAW Hamburg and how can you finance your degree programme? Here are the most important facts:

1. Tuition fees

The City of Hamburg subsidises degree programmes at Hamburg universities, so the HAW Hamburg does not charge tuition fees for international students (exceptions - professional Master's programmes (see bottom of page). 

2. Living costs for Hamburg

Studying in Hamburg can still be expensive compared to living in your home country, so here is an overview of the costs that you should expect as a degree-seeking student to help you plan and be prepared. The following are the approximate costs for one semester:

Semester contribution 333.50 Euros/semester *
Tuition fees no tuition; exception professional Master programmes **
Health insurance (non-EU students only) 90 Euro/month
Accommodation 250 - 350 Euro/month
Living costs (depending on lifestyle) 300 - 500 Euro/month
Estimated total costs/semester 4,000 - 5,500 Euro

* summer semester 2018.
You will have to provide proof of 720 Euro/month in order to get a residence permit for your studies.

More information about the semester contribution

3. Scholarships & Financial Aid

International students at the HAW Hamburg can apply for scholarships for academic merit and for the final semester thesis:

Bachelor scholarships
Master scholarships
Degree Completion Grants

Financial Aid: If you get into financial difficulties we also have a small emergency financial aid programme.

For further options to finance your studies in Hamburg, you can also speak with Studierendenwerk Hamburg. 

Some of the international scholarship students - winter semester 2018/19

** exceptions: Master of Public Health (2.400 Euro/semester; MBA Social & Health Management (1,180 Euro/semester et. al).

Letzte Änderung: 03.12.18

An die Redaktion

If you have questions:

HAW Hamburg
International Office


Teresa Schaubs
T +49.40.428 75-9183

Mariana Paunova
T +49.40.428 75-9834

Open office hours:
First Floor / Room 116
Thurs. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
or by appointment

Campus Berliner Tor
Students Centre
Stiftstr. 69 / Building G
20099 Hamburg


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