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  • Locations: Hamburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E3 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Engineering Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German
Program Description:

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Hamburg, Germany

University Info   |   International Student Info

Faculties with Programmes in Engineering

  • Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Fast Facts

  • 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

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: Accepted on individual basis
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted

Eligibility Requirements

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. For classes in German, students must have a minimum B2 German level.

English Proficiency Requirements

Non-native speakers: Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 85

Study Period

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

Academic Information

Disciplines Available

In English:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biotech & Environment
  • Computer Science
  • Information Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

In German:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Course Contents

Course Descriptions: See module handbooks below for programmes in English.

Enrollment Requirements

Students should take most classes within one subject area and must take classes in the Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science or in the Faculty of Life Sciences. 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 an online application process.

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • Required

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

Huong Ly Luu, Student Exchange Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science –
Astrid von der Heide, Student Exchange Coordinator, Faculty of Life Sciences –

City Info

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.