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HAW Hamburg

Applying as a guest student to the HAW Hamburg

Application deadlines

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

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 an exchange student. Here is a list of our university partners, if you are not sure:

Erasmus Partner universities
Overseas Partner universities

The application process is an online application process. You will be nominated by your home International or Education Abroad Office. Once you are in our system you will be automatically sent the link with the application forms. You will be required to send the following:

  • HAW Hamburg application 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)
  • students choosing classes in German should provide proof of German (at least B1)
  • Design students should also send a small portfolio of their work as a pdf

NOTE: Erasmus students: It is only possible to take classes in the field in which your university has a bilateral agreement. e.g. if the Erasmus agreement is with the Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering you cannot take classes in the Dept. of Computer Science.

UAS7 applications / Global E3 applications

UAS7: The HAW Hamburg is part of UAS7; a German consortium of universities of applied sciences. In addition to the UAS7 exchange agreements with Drexel University, the University of Pittsburgh and SUNY-Albany, this consortium offers a limited number of places to excellent students, who do not study at a bilateral partner of the HAW Hamburg. You must apply through the UAS7 Office in New York for the SIP, IP or SP programme. For more information: UAS7 Website

Application deadlines:
winter semester: 15. February
summer semester: 1. October

Global E3: The HAW Hamburg is a member of the Global E3 network, which enables the exchange of engineering students. If your university is also a member, you can apply through Global E3. For more information: Global E3 website

Application deadlines:
winter semester: 1. March
summer semester: 1. October

Freemovers - no bilateral exchange programme with the HAW Hamburg

Programmes in English: Unfortunately, due to the limited number of spaces, we are only able to offer freemovers the option to study abroad with us in the following areas:

- Biotech & Environment (Faculty of Life Sciences)
- Nutrition and Health (Faculty of Life Sciences)
- Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science)

Programmes in German are generally open to freemovers, subject to class capacity and qualifications of the applicant.

Application process
Please write to the Student Exchange Coordinator of the Faculty you are interested in studying at (see contact), stating clearly that you would like to apply as a freemover. Please also state which university you are studying at, which semester you are in and which degree programme at the HAW Hamburg you are interested in.

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); 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 Student Exchange Coordinator and she will inform you, if can be 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.

Letzte Änderung: 26.07.19

An die Redaktion

Student Exchange Coordinators:

Faculty of Engineering
& Computer Science

Maike Lempka

Faculty of Life Sciences
Astrid von der Heide

Faculty of Design,
Media & Information

Jenny Kahler

Faculty of Business
& Social Science
Lea Andres

»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