Central Exchanges: Information for Students from Partner Universities (Incoming Exchange)
Welcome to 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. The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects in a broad range of subjects and an extensive partner network with leading institutions on a regional, national and international scale.
Universität Hamburg offers approximately 170 degree programs in the following eight faculties: Faculty of Law; Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences; Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement; Faculty of Business Administration (Hamburg Business School).
Besides Climate, Earth, Environment, further successful key research areas include: Photon and Nanosciences, Manuscript Cultures, Neurosciences, Infection Research / Structural Systems Biology, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematical Physics, and Health Economics.
Our campus is located in one of Germany's most beautiful cities, and also it’s youngest: No German city has a younger population than Hamburg. There is always something going on, so you won't be bored when class gets out... Hamburg is also known as the "city on the water," which is exactly what it is. The Alster Lake, the Elbe River and the harbor contribute to the city's distinctive maritime flair. Extensive parks and greenery close to the University provide numerous opportunities for relaxation. The Elbe beaches offer perfect party locations. Theater, opera, musicals, movies, festivals, museums, galleries: the culturally-inclined can discover all kinds of things in Hamburg, often enjoying student discounts. Hamburg is a safe city. Its districts reflect its multifaceted character. Sankt Pauli, home to the red-light district, Jungfernstieg and City Hall are famous landmarks in the center of the city. The Grindel district houses the University and boasts a multitude of cafés and the new Hafen City and the Elbe Philharmonic are also worth exploring.
If you are studying at a partner university of Universität Hamburg, we invite you to come to Hamburg as an exchange student and spend one or two semesters at our university!
Which universities are partners in the central exchange program?
- Universiteit Stellenbosch
- University of Calgary
- University of Toronto
- Universidad de Guadalajara
- Johns Hopkins University
- Smith College
- Temple University
- University of California Berkeley
- University of Kansas
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
- Universidade Estadual de Campinas
- Universidade de Sao Paulo
- Universidad de Chile
- Fudan University
- East China Normal University
- Peking University
- Kyoto University
- Saitama University
- University of Tsukuba
- Waseda University
- Ewha Womans University
- Seoul National University
- National Taiwan University
- Yonsei University
- Uniwersytet Warszawski
- Saint Petersburg State University
- Macquarie University
Which requirements apply for the participation in the central exchange program?
You can participate in the central exchange program if you are enrolled at a partner university of Universität Hamburg. Please note that you can only study at Universität Hamburg for one or two semesters if your German language proficiency is sufficient for study purposes (min. level B1 CEFR is required). All undergraduate courses and most graduate courses are taught in German. As an exception to this rule, graduate students may be accepted to study at Universität Hamburg in English language, but only after their course plan and study focus for the exchange have been thoroughly reviewed at Universität Hamburg. The list of English language master programs at Universität Hamburg provides orientation for course selection. If you are a graduate student planning to study in English language, please contact the office responsible for foreign exchange programs at your home university at an early stage.
Program and course restrictions: dentistry and pharmacy are not open for exchange students. The faculty of medicine is only open for exchange students who have completed at least three years of studies prior to the exchange and who provide proof of German language proficiency (level B2 CEFR).
How to apply for the central exchange program?
If you plan to do an exchange as part of the central exchange program, please adhere to the following procedure: it is not possible to apply directly to Universität Hamburg, you need to be officially nominated by the International Office of your home university. Please contact the office responsible for foreign exchange programs at your home university for more information.
Following the official nomination by your home university, you need to provide us with the following application documents:
- statement of motivation in either German or English
- CV in German or English
- proof of language skills: language skills must be sufficient to enable you to study in German language (min. B1 CEFR). Graduate level only: For courses in English, graduate students must provide proof of their English language proficiency (level B2 CEFR).
- Transcript of records: official list of academic achievements in German or English
- references: two academic references by university staff members in German or English
- preliminary course plan for your exchange period at Universität Hamburg in German or English
- passport copy
Application documents must be submitted by 1 November for admission to the summer semester and 1 May for admission to the winter semester. You will be informed by the end of May/by the end of November if your application was accepted.
What happens after you have been accepted to Universität Hamburg within the central exchange program?
Your program coordinator at Universität Hamburg will send an invitation letter and provide you with information about the most important steps to take before arriving in Hamburg (application for a room in a student residence hall, online registration, visa application, health insurance, German language courses, etc.). In time, you will also be contacted by the exchange coordinator of your host faculty at Universität Hamburg with information about course selection, orientation sessions, buddy programs, etc. You can also find general information in the brochure “To Dos for new students” (PDF).