University entry qualification following successful advanced studies exam
The latest amendment to the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) permits working men and women who pass an appropriate advanced studies exam related to their vocational training to submit this exam as a general higher education entry qualification (HZB) and apply to first-degree academic programs.
The following advanced studies exams are recognized for admission to first-degree programs in accordance with Section 37 subsection 1 of the HmbHG:
- Meister (master craftsmen and women in accordance with the regulations for their specific craft)
- business administrators or people with equivalent advanced studies certificates (in accordance with Sections 53, 54 of the Vocational Training Act or Sections 42, 42a of the Crafts regulations providing that previous coursework comprises a minimum of 400 instruction hours)
- professionals qualified in accordance with the Ship's Officer Training Regulations
- Professionals with degrees from vocational colleges in accordance with Section 24 subsection 2 of the Hamburg School Act as well as equivalent recognized qualifications (these include vocational schools or advanced study programs which require relevant vocational training. In this case, a transcript with the following sentence must be submitted: "The certificate issued by this institution adheres to the framework agreement on vocational colleges" (currently valid resolution passed by the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, KMK) and is recognized by all states in the Federal Republic of Germany.")
Please make sure that your transcript contains this sentence! If it does not, your degree will not be recognized!
Please find the list of advanced training exams deemed "equivalent" on the right. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
In some cases, you may be able to take an university entrance exam.
With your application you must submit proof that you have participated in subject advising.
Subject advising serves to clarify whether your chosen degree program is optimal in terms of your goals, whether its study is useful for you, and how you can balance studying with your life situation. Please take this advice early on.
Proof and grades
Proof that you have successfully completed an advanced study exam must be submitted in the form of a final exam transcript (a certificate is not sufficient) and the results of the exam must be presented as an average overall grade in decimal form. If the transcript does not contain the average grade, the chamber or comparable advanced study institution can issue an additional certificate. This certificate must also be submitted.
If the certificate contains a grade based on a point system rather than in decimal form, the result will be converted by Universität Hamburg. In order to this, a conversion key from the issuing institution needs to be included in the application. If this is not included, the University will convert the grade in accordance with Section 9 of the UniZS. You can find the resulting conversion table here.
If the advanced study certificate also contains a grade for an advanced technical qualification, please note that this is NOT sufficient! The grade must refer to the advanced study exam.
Information for the online application
When you apply online, please put in "Meisterprüfung" under "Art der Hochschulzugangsberechtigung." The date of the higher education entry qualification is 15 July 2010 if you passed your advanced study exam before this date. If you passed your exam after this date, the date of your exam is valid. The German federal state ("Land") and district ("Kreis") of your higher education qualification likewise correspond to those of your exam, as does the grade.
Special procedure for medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy
Places on the medical degree programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy are allocated by the Germany-wide selection system hochschulstart.de, not by Universität Hamburg itself. Applications for those programs must be submitted to hochschulstart.de rather than directly to Universität Hamburg.
If you name Universität Hamburg as a preferred institution in your application to hochschulstart.de, you must include a certificate confirming that Universität Hamburg acknowledges your vocational qualification as a valid means of accessing higher education and that you have attended subject advising at Universität Hamburg. Use this contact form to request the required certificate. You will need to submit proof of participation in subject advising and the final transcript of your vocational qualification.
Applying without a grade
Please note that if you do not submit proof with an appropriate grade (in decimal form), you will be ranked behind the last applicant with a grade in decimal form.