There are 2 application rounds in each academic year—one in November and one in May, with different partner universities to choose from in each round.
Application deadline on 30 November (for exchanges from fall in the following year):
Canada, China, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA
Application deadline on 31 May (for exchanges from spring in the following year):
Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa
In the current application round, you can apply for a maximum of 3 partner universities. Applying for several partner universities can increase your chances of being offered an exchange place. However, this is only advisable if studying abroad at the selected partner universities would actually make sense for you. Tailor your application to your first choice, but make sure that you also meet the application requirements for your second and third choices (e.g., language proficiency, subject offered).
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only applications meeting the criteria will be considered (e.g., requirements of the selected partner university, form and/or content of the application documents). Read the information on the partner universities, application documents, and FAQs carefully. In case of questions, be sure to contact our advising service at the Campus Center in good time.
An application is complete when it contains the following documents:
- Letter of motivation (2–3 pages)
- in German and the teaching language at the partner university (e.g., English)
- in German and the teaching language at the partner university (e.g., Spanish)
- Indicate any extracurricular activities, e.g., student representative committee, volunteer work, etc.
- in German and English (South America: German and Spanish or Portuguese; applicants may prepare own translation)
- Master’s students in their first semester should submit their current StiNE course overview.
- Your academic office or examinations office will issue the transcript of records.
- in German and English
The evaluations must be submitted no later than 10 June (May application round) or 10 December (November application round).
- 2 evaluations in English
- issued by a professor or other postdoctoral teacher at Universität Hamburg
- The evaluation must be signed and stamped.
Read the information from the partner universities about proof of language proficiency very carefully and submit the required proof. Be sure to arrange a test well before the deadline.
- Request proof of language proficiency from the University Language Center (placement test is NOT sufficient).
As the Language Centre will be temporarily closed, alternatives to taking the placement test will be provided (see University Language Centre website). In order to take the additional oral test, please contact Mr. Feddersen(benjamin.feddersen"AT"uni-hamburg.de) (for English language proof) or Ms. Guijas Gento (veronica.guijas.gento"AT"uni-hamburg.de)(for Spanish language proof) by e-mail to arrange a telephone appointment (after the successful placement test). If you need a Portuguese certificate for your host university, please contact Svenja Henseleit(svenja.henseleit"AT"uni-hamburg.de). If you are studying a language as your major or minor, you may also request proof of language proficiency from your language tutor.
- Many partner universities require a TOEFL or IELTS certificate (see partner universities). You can take the TOEFL test at the University Language Center (fee: approx. USD 250). Information on the IELTS test: British Council.
Since many TOEFL test centers in Germany are temporarily closed and/or have limited availability, ETS has expanded the availability of the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition test to everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available. For more information and to register, please visit the official ETS website. If you are not able to participate in the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, you can submit a language certificate from the language center as an exception (please use the linked DAAD language certificate only, a placement test is NOT sufficient). Please note that - in case of a successful application in the Central Exchange Program - a TOEFL or IELTS test result may have to be submitted additionally for the nomination at the partner university.
- Proof of language proficiency may be no more than 2 years old when you apply to the partner university.
- An Abitur certificate is not sufficient proof.
- The applicant and the responsible coordinator, academic office, or examinations office must sign the Learning Agreement.
For further important information on applying, see the FAQs.
At Universität Hamburg, a committee comprising teachers and students from Universität Hamburg decides on the awarding of exchange places. To participate in the selection procedure, you must submit a complete application by the application deadline. The following criteria are taken into account during selection:
- academic performance
- project coherence and preparation
- proficiency in the teaching and working language(s)
- additional qualifications and commitments (e.g., volunteer work; involvement in political, social, cultural, or sporting activities)
- formal criteria (e.g., spelling)
The selection committee meets 4–6 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants are generally informed of selection decisions within 2 weeks of the meeting. NB: The final decision on admission is reached by the partner universities alone. It can take up to 4 months to receive approval from partner universities.
To guarantee your safety when you are abroad, you should inform yourself thoroughly about your host country and observe certain rules while you are abroad. See the Hinweise zur allgemeinen Sicherheitsvorsorge published by the DAAD for a summary of safety precautions.