Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
University Info | International Student Info
Faculties of Engineering
- Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
- Faculty of Life Sciences
- 60% of our students study engineering.
- Our professors have worked in industry before joining the university and bring this practical knowledge into the classroom.
- The HAW Hamburg works closely with Hamburg’s competence centres, e.g. Hamburg Aviation, Renewable Energies and German industry, e.g. automotive industry.
- Hamburg was voted in the Top Ten most liveable cities worldwide by “The Economist.”
- Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and lifestyle is based around the lake in the centre of the city and the wide range of international culture.
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) is one of the largest of its kind in Germany and within our four faculties we offer a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in engineering, IT and life sciences. In teaching we focus on applied sciences, giving our students a practical insight into their fields of study through projects, lab work, internships and theses in industry. Our expertise is drawn from faculty, who have worked in industry before joining the university. In research we are an important partner for the city of Hamburg’s companies and innovation clusters, developing new ideas from the synergies of this dynamic location.
Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and 300 SMEs make Hamburg the third largest centre for civil aviation in the world and the main production site for Airbus in Germany. HAW Hamburg is a leader in the field of aeronautical engineering higher education and research, with professors who worked for Airbus before joining the university. The aviation industry has joined with Hamburg universities and research institutes to form »Hamburg Aviation«, a competence cluster dedicated to further advancing the city as a centre for aviation innovation. HAW Hamburg is a partner for Airbus and our teaching and research expertise play a central role in Hamburg Aviation’s strategy.
Germany is at the forefront of renewable energy technologies and Hamburg’s focus on renewable energies has made green business a significant economic factor in the region, earning Hamburg the award European Green Capital 2011. To build on this expertise Hamburg formed the cluster »Renewable Energy Hamburg« to open up new business fields and make Hamburg a leading centre for renewable energies worldwide. HAW Hamburg is a key player in Hamburg’s renewable energy cluster with teaching and research in wind energy, smart grid technology, solar power and biomass fuels. Developing our expertise is our Competence Centre for Energy (CC4E), an interdisciplinary innovation pool in renewable energies, and our new Energy Campus with a technology centre for wind energy and smart grid technology.
The Metropolitan Region of Hamburg has created a life sciences cluster with 500 companies ranging from global players to small, innovative enterprises focusing on biomedical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. By building networks with Scandinavia and the Baltic States it aims to create an internationally competitive centre for life sciences in Northern Germany. HAW Hamburg has research projects with state-of-the-art labs and Master’s programmes in English in Biomedical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. International students work with professors to complete their Master’s thesis within the university or with a company in the region.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted on individual basis
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
Applicants to HAW Hamburg should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9 and should ideally have Junior status.
Language of Instruction
Programmes in English, otherwise in German
English Proficiency Requirements
Non-native speakers: Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 85
Fall (Winter Semester), Spring (Summer Semester), or Academic Year
Most programmes in English are offered only in the Spring (Summer Semester).
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall (Winter): 1 September – first week of February
- Spring (Summer): 1 March – mid-July
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Automotive Engineering
- Computer Science
- Information Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
Course Descriptions: See module handbooks below for programmes in English.
Students should take most classes within one subject area. The study plan should be included in the Global E3 application.
Workload per Semester
24 – 30 ECTS credits (12 – 15 US credits). Students must register for a minimum of 4 classes.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to HAW Hamburg need to also complete additional application materials .
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
Students will receive their acceptance packet at the end of May (for fall semester) and end of November (for spring semester).
We have a limited number of rooms available in halls of residences. They are offered on a first come, first served basis with priority given to overseas students.
Estimated Cost of Living
Costs and Funding
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Maike Lempka, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science – MaikeKristin.Lempka@haw-hamburg.de
Astrid von der Heide, Faculty of Life Sciences – astrid.vonderHeide@haw-hamburg.de
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. Its economic profile is shaped by its international port, aviation and media and by new technologies in renewable energies, information technology and life sciences. Hamburg is in the Top 10 smart cities in Europe and with its cluster policy it has set its goal to be the Innovation Capital of Europe 2020. This cosmopolitan city is also one of the world’s most beautiful and with its lifestyle of water and parks it is ranked as one of the Top 20 most livable cities alongside Melbourne, Vancouver and Sydney.