University of Hamburg

Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country's largest universities, we offer a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities.



Universität Hamburg is one of Germany's younger universities. Its founding was not documented in some provincial foundation charter but in a sober official announcement issued by the Free and Hanseatic City on 1 April 1919.

Nonetheless, the University's roots reach back to the early 17th century. In 1613, the Academic Gymnasium, was founded.


Since the beginning of 2012, the Universitätskolleg, a university-wide project, has been receiving funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Teaching Quality Pact.Under the title "Bridges to the University - Pathways to Academia," the Universitätskolleg provides a conceptual, institutional and administrative framework for a multitude of projects devoted to the transition from school or a job to university study and the cultivation of skills required for academic pursuit.


  • Climate, earth and environment
  • Matter and the universe
This key research area incorporates the phenomena of light-matter interactions in photon and biostructural research, astrophysics and particle physics, and the interdisciplinary nanosciences.
  • Neurosciences
Neuroscientists in medicine, psychology and informatics work on a broad range of projects addressing questions relating to the basic science of and therapeutic measures for the brain.
  • Multilingualism
This key research area investigates migration-induced multilingualism in modern urban centers, exploring both the risks it poses and the opportunities it provides.


The Career Center offers support to students, graduates and junior academics from all faculties in finding their way to a job. We are a service organization that aims to prepare and successfully accompany applicants entering a career.We offer students, graduates und junior academics inspiring und informative seminars, lectures und consultations on topics such as achievement potential, career planning, job application, leadership and how to acquire third-party funds.To companies we offer interesting cooperation opportunities in which they can introduce themselves in lectures, podium discussions, workshops and career days.

Master's Programmes

Law (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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201 -50
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
201 -21
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

  • First semester
Overview of orientation activities, information sessions and brochures for first semester students at Universität Hamburg.
  • Advising
The Campus Center offers comprehensive advising services to students at Universität Hamburg.Forms and information sheetsYou can use the links below to find an overview of forms, applications and information sheets.
  • Institutions
Numerous internal and external institutions provide students at Universität Hamburg with manifold services and offers.

Housing services

  • Studierendenwerk (student services) accommodation
Studierendenwerk Hamburg currently provides 23 housing facilities for 4,000 inhabitants. All rooms are furnished and rent including utilities starts at EUR 230. This rather inexpensive type of accommodation is much desired, however.
  • Looking for a room
  • Shared student accommodation
  • Shared apartments

Library services

Anatomical Collection, UKEThe Anatomical Collection of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) contains preserved anatomical specimens and three-dimensional models to help students better visualize and understand anatomical structures.Narratology ArchiveThe Narratology Archive in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology houses biographical interviews .

ICT services

IT / eLearningThe IT system at the Regional Computing Center makes studying much easier.

  • Service Line of the Regional Computing Center
  • STiNE
  • Surfmail
  • CommSY / OLAT

Medical services

  • Psychological counseling (in German only)
  • Addiction Counseling and Prevention for Members of the University (in German only)
  • Return-to-Work Program (Betriebliches Integrationsmanagement, BEM) (in German only)

Student Life

Campus life

University life does not only revolve around studying; students also thrive on meeting people and having fun. The campus is the perfect place for personal growth. Campus life marches to the beat of its own drum. Between classes, you will always find time to drop by your favorite dining hall or café. You can indulge your music interests in the University choir and orchestra. And theater groups and more than 100 types of athletic groups are always seeking new members.

Student clubs

  • AA/NO Arbeitslose Akademiker/Nachwuchsorganisation
  • African Students Organisation at University of Hamburg (AStO-Uni Hamburg)
  • AEGEE Association des Etats Genereaux des Etudiants de l'Europe - Hamburg e.V.
  • AG Kritische Weiterbildung
  • AIESEC Hamburg
  • AK junge kritische Wissenschaft
  • Anti-Rassismus-Seminare
  • BDAS (=Bund der Alevitischen Studierenden in Deutschland)