Go to Germany via UNO's Exchange Program with Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg

Semester and year exchange
Classes in German and English
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With 12,000 students, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW-Hamburg) is one of the largest universities of applied science in Germany. Small groups, interdisciplinary projects and academic support ensure that students feel at home at HAW-Hamburg.

The university offers a wide range of degree programs within its four faculties. Most of the students are enrolled in engineering programs, but non-technical departments are also very popular. In all programs theory from lectures is put into practice in the laboratories, study projects are completed in the form of case studies and close cooperation with industry ensures a direct link to the future field of work.

Nearly 1,800 international students, representing over 100 countries, study at HAW-Hamburg. HAW-Hamburg also welcomes guest students through cooperations with over 70 European universities, as well as universities in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East.

Before guest students come to Hamburg, they are sent a welcome pack with their semester documents, information about their accommodation, street maps, study plans, as well as information about living in Germany. This ensures that they are well-informed before they leave home. German students act as buddies for guest students, the university’s international students club helps international students to settle in. Read this practical guide for international student exchange programs about the application process, courses taught in English and German, and more.

The Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg with 1.8 million people is Germany's second largest city and one of the most important transportation and business centers of Europe. Hamburg was founded in 88o C.E. as a fortified trading post, and later grew to become one of the world's great trading cities. Today, Hamburg is Europe's second largest port.

Water has defines Hamburg. Hamburg sits near mouth of the Elbe river, near both the Baltic and North Seas.Two lakes, the Binnenalster and the Aussenalster provide recreational areas in the center of the city. Hamburg has 2300 bridges, more than both Amsterdam and Venice combined, that cross the various waterways of the city. Hafencity, which sits on the harbor of Hamburg is Europe's largest inner city development, and will be home to 10,000 people.

Hamburg is one of the great cultural capitals of Europe. Hamburg is especially known as an important center for theatre and music. Over 40 theatres call Hamburg home including the Deutsches Schauspeilhaus, and the English Theatre. Hamburg has the highest density of musicals of any city in Germany, and it is often the first place foreign musical productions are shown in Germany. With over 100 music venues and clubs, many musical groups, have gotten their start in Hamburg. The best known of these groups was the Beatles. Hamburg is perhaps the epicenter of German hip-hop culture. Groups such as Fettes Brot, and Fünf Sterne Deluxe call Hamburg home. The Reeperbahn, located in Hamburg's famous St. Pauli district is largest adult entertainment district in Europe, and home to hundreds of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Hamburg is an important business center that over 120,000 enterprises call home. Airbus has one of its three main assembly sites in the Finkenwerder district of Hamburg. The shipbuilding firm Blohm and Voss is also located in Hamburg. Hamburg is also an important center for broadcasting with several important studios for German television and radio companies. Hamburg is the home of several German publishing, music, and Internet companies as well.

Hamburg is one of the most important transportation centers in Europe. Besides the port, Hamburg is the home of the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV), the oldest municipal public transportation company in the world. The HVV connects to the German national rail system at several stations, and the Deutsches Bahn connects Hamburg to cities all over Germany and Europe. Hamburg also has the oldest airport in continuous operation in Germany: the Hamburg Airport in the Fuhlsbüttel section of the city. Hamburg Airport serves nearly 13 million passengers a year and has flights all over Europe and the world, including direct flights to the US.

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UNO ISEP Exchange: The regular International Exchange students can go for one semester or for a full academic year. The exchange agreement between UNO and HAW-Hamburg allows students to pay tuition at their home institution but they must pay all other expenses, such as housing, transportation, insurance, meals, etc.UNO students at HAW-Hamburg must pay a "Semester Fee" of approximately €200 every semester they are at HAW-Hamburg. The Semester Fee pays for a pass good for all public transportation in Hamburg.

Please keep in mind that the German academic calendar does not coincide with that of UNO, so those students wishing to study abroad for only one semester may find it beneficial to attend the "summer" semester in Germany. The winter semester starts in September and finishes in February with a break for Christmas. The summer semester starts beginning of March and ends in July. Please click here for the academic calendar of HAW-Hamburg. UNO students who wish to apply to go on exchange to HAW-Hamburg, should first see our "Outgoing Students" web page. Once accepted, students may then fill out the Hamburg application, and their required Health Insurance form.

Note: While HAW-Hamburg offers courses in English, fluency in German will increase the availability of courses. Without enough language skills students will be restricted to classes within special programs, or to a small number of courses offered in English. German language courses are offered in all levels and will be credited by HAW-Hamburg yet may not be included in the exchange program.

Courses: Haw-HAmburg offers a number of programs for students who don't speak German ( International Management, Art & Design, Film, Information Engineering, Nutrition and Health, and Digital Information Services. Modules are in English or German, and German is not required to complete projects or modules. Students who do speak German can also choose courses from degree programs in engineering, computer science, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, social sciences, marketing and logistics.

Students can also take German language classes at a private language school that the university works with. For students with no German, there is also the possibility to take "Survival German" at the university.

The estimated cost of living for a student in Germany is €680/month (about $900). This includes housing, food, transportation and recreation.

Please contact the HAW-Hamburg International Office for more information on housing.

Ship entering the harbor of Hamburg

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