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Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

HAW Hamburg has partnerships with over  100 European universities and universities in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. Our cooperation agreements include study visits, visiting professorships and joint research. They enable international experience and additional degrees at our partner universities.



Hamburg University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1970 as the Fachhochschule Hamburg but it looks back on a long tradition, with roots going back to the 18th century. Four engineering schools and six vocational schools were brought together with the goal to develop a new form of higher education.


HAW Hamburg - the practice-oriented university offers versatile, reformed study programs with a sound education on a scientific or artistic basis. Lecturers who know from their own professional experience what you need later in your professional field


Our research is practical. Many projects are carried out in close cooperation with business and society, primarily in the Hamburg area. The donors include the European Union, federal ministries, supraregional research funding institutions, foundations, industry-related funding associations, companies and Hamburg authorities.


At the transition from university to professional life, we support you in your professional orientation and development, in the development of your (over) professional skills, in the application process as well as on your way to independence or your thoughts on it. 

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Student services

Your chip card at the HAW Hamburg is a multi-purpose electronic matriculation card. The front of the card is your student ID card and semester ticket. It is valid for the duration of your degree programme at HAW Hamburg. All you need to do is validate the card at the start of each semester. The chip card can be extended for another semester once you have successfully re-registered.

Housing services

Finding accommodation in Hamburg is difficult. We therefore recommend that you start looking for a place to live in good time. If you have friends or relatives in Hamburg ask them to help.

Most of the halls of residence in Hamburg are run by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg and offer affordable accommodation for students. Generally, students have their own room in an apartment which they share with other students - bathroom and kitchen are shared. The monthly rent for a room in hall starts at roughly 220 Euro [including heating, water and electricity]. 

Library services

In our five libraries you have access to more than 200,000 print and electronic media. We support your research with our many professional sources of information. We offer a place for learning for your study. Read and learn - learn and study with us!

Student Life

Campus life

HAW Hamburg is a city university and not a typical "campus university". Our university is split up over four locations throughout the city. We hope however, that wherever you study, you will feel at home. 

Campus Berliner Tor is our main campus and home to the Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science and the Faculty of Business & Social Sciences. The faculties have their own libraries, labs and computer rooms on this site. The campus has a cafeteria and different cafés as well as a hall of residence directly on campus and another one a seven-minute walk away. 

Sports facilities

Sport and fitness are an excellent way of keeping your head free of study stress. As a HAW Hamburg student you can participate in the university sports programme or use the fitness centre at Berliner Tor.

Student clubs

We believe we are an interesting university with a lot to offer students who want to get a degree in Germany. But don't just take our word for it; look at what some of our international students have said about living and studying in Hamburg. And for a bit of feel-good, watch our "Happy in Hamburg" video made by international students.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Planning to apply for a master degree in pharmacology

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I like at this University that we have various fields of design studies to choose from and a lot of different workshops but on the other hand they always want to close down the workshops due to money so we always have to fight for them. Also the course choosing system is just horrible … getting the courses you want is a lottery. And i least like that the focus of the...

Inexpensive, but poorly organized
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

So, as much as I love reduced cost education (I’m from the US) this Uni’s organization of the public health program is crap. Despite having very well-laid out course descriptions, the lecturers are ever revolving (really, whomever they can find) and the content fails to live up to the stated course descriptions. I’ve paid quite a bit to this Iniversity for this program and...

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