"Free movers": guest students
International guest students can also apply as so-called "free-movers," meaning they can study at Universität Hamburg for a limited time without being part of a specific exchange program.
After consultation with the department in question, free movers can attend courses and lectures and acquire credit points. To apply as a free mover, you must be enrolled in a program at your home university and a faculty member in a comparable program at Universität Hamburg must act as your supervisor for the duration of your stay.
Free movers cannot attain a degree from Universität Hamburg.
German language skills
As a free mover you have to provide proof that you are proficient in the language of instruction in your chosen program at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The language of instruction in the bachelor programs at Universität Hamburg usually is German. If you want to attend classes in English only, please ask your supervisor if this is possible. You will have to hand in proof of your language proficiency in connection with the preparation of the written confirmation that you have a supervisor.
2. Find a supervisor / Letter of invitation
Afterwards, please contact the International Office or the Academic Office responsible for the degree program (see below), whose staff will help you find a lecturer from the respective department to provide academic supervision for you. If the prerequisites are met, this person will issue you with a written confirmation of supervision. The confirmation of supervision will also specify the duration of your stay at Universität Hamburg.
Once you have received written confirmation from your prospective supervisor (for example a letter of invitation), you can submit your application as a "free mover."
The written confirmation can also be submitted when you apply for a visa to enter Germany as a student.
Below, please find the contact persons for free movers in Universität Hamburg's faculties:
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine does not accept free movers.
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences
Department of Biology and Institute for Wood Science: rene.koenig"AT"uni-hamburg.de
Department of Chemistry: studienbuero"AT"chemie.uni-hamburg.de
Department of Earth Sciences: studienbuero.geowiss"AT"mailman.rrz.uni-hamburg.de
Department of Informatics: studienbuero"AT"informatik.uni-hamburg.de
Department of Mathematics: erasmus"AT"math.uni-hamburg.de
Department of Physics: studienkoordination.physik"AT"uni-hamburg.de
- Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement
Institute of Psychology: erasmus-psychologie"AT"uni-hamburg.de
Institute of Human Movement Science: studienbuero.bewegwiss"AT"uni-hamburg.de
- Faculty of Business Administration (Hamburg Business School)
The Faculty of Business Administration does not accept free movers.
3. Submit enrollment application
You can submit the enrollment application by the beginning of the semester in question (1 October for winter semesters and 1 April for summer semesters respectively of the year in question).
Please state in your application the semester for which you would like to enroll and in which program you plan to attend courses. Please also include a German mailing address and your email address. If you do not yet have a mailing address in Germany, you can provide the address of your supervisor.
Please upload the following documents or certificates when applying
- proof of current enrollment in the respective program at your home university (a current semester certificate or transcript of records and proof of enrollment)
- written confirmation that you have a supervisor from staff of the hosting program at Universität Hamburg for the duration of your stay as a "free mover" (including program name, semester and specification of duration of stay)
- if available, proof of sufficient health insurance (you can also submit this after you arrive in Germany)
After you have submitted your completed enrollment application, you will be officially enrolled as of the end of August (for winter semesters) or the end of February (for summer semesters). You will received preliminary semester documents by mail, including a matriculation number at Universität Hamburg, access data for the Studies Information Net (STiNE) as well as additional information about paying your semester fee and your preliminary public transport ticket. All the above will be sent to the German address listed in your application.
Your preliminary semester documents are valid up to four weeks after the semester begins. Thereafter, you will receive final enrollment documents as well as semester documents, provided that all outstanding documents (e.g. proof of health insurance) have been submitted and you have paid your semester fee.
You and your supervisor at Universität Hamburg determine jointly which courses best supplement studies at your home university. At this point, you can register with the appropriate schools with the aid of the course manager.
Extension of stay
If you would like to extend your stay beyond the time specified in your confirmation of supervision, you must submit a new confirmation of supervision that specifies a new period of stay at the beginning of the semester in which the extension begins. No other documents need to be submitted.