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University of Hamburg 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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University of Hamburg, located in Germany was founded in 1919 by local citizens and offers admissions to over 70 bachelor’s and 95 master’s programs. These programs vary across seven faculties and provide courses in the field of Law, Medicine, Education, Psychology, Business Administration, among others. In winter 2018-19, nearly 13% international students were admitted to various courses at this renowned top German university.

For admission at University of Hamburg, higher education entrance eligibility is of utmost importance. An evidence equivalent to German Abitur is mandatory. For the last academic year, the university received a total of 46,607 applicants out of which 10,164 first year candidates were able to get admitted to the university.

Some salient points to be considered while applying at the institute is as listed below.

  • The university follows a semester-system with two intake seasons that is winter and summer.
  • Both the undergraduate and graduate applicants have to apply through the university’s online portal.
  • The university needs proof of language proficiency as per course requirement (English/German).
  • International applicants must take care of course deadlines and complete their visa process in time.
  • The application deadlines for higher subject semesters of bachelor’s degree programs and master’s courses for winter 2020-21 session is July 1-July 15.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) admission updates

With COVID-19 pandemic at hand, the university has shifted its classes online temporarily. Additionally, the application drafting process for the Winter 2020-21 session has been moved to July 1- August 20, 2020.

This deadline is applicable only for the first subject of bachelor’s degree and state examination degree programs. For other programs, the deadlines remain as per prior notice.


Application PortalOnline application
Application Fee (non-refundable)N/A
Academic CalendarSemester-wise
Intake seasonsWinter and Summer
Financial AidScholarships, loans and grants
English proficiency testCEFR, TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE
German proficiency testRequired for some courses
Enquiry+49 40 42838-7195
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Admission Deadlines

University of Hamburg offers a range of courses for international students at undergraduate and graduate level. The application deadlines for the various intakes are as mentioned below.

CategoryBeginning of ApplicationApplication Deadline
Summer SemesterDecember 1January 15
Winter SemesterJune 1July 15
International Master’s ProgramFebruary 15March 31

International Student Admissions

5,697 out of 43,636 students of international origin were admitted at University of Hamburg in winter 2018-19 sessions. International applicants have to be proficient in the language of instruction of their desired program. The application procedure for both domestic and international applicants is kind of the same, with some additional requirements falling on the side of international applicants.

How to apply?

Application Portal: Online application

Application Fee: Not applicable

Basic Admission Requirements: International applications are supplemented by a few requirements that the university has proposed. These requirements are as follows-

  • Official academic transcripts.
  • Academic records with grading systems.
  • Leaving certificate.
  • Higher education entrance eligibility.
  • Language proficiency proof as per the medium of instructions of the program.
  • Professional experience (for some programs).

Admission Process

For international applications at University of Hamburg, students have to follow the below-stated process-

  1. Open the online application or online bewerbung portal to log in with a password and create a security question.
  2. Select ‘Bearbeiten/Edit’ option to edit the application form.
  3. Firstly, you will have to find the course that you wish to apply for and then choose the type of application-Bachelor/Master. Now Click on apply and proceed ahead.
  4. Now enter personal details, correspondence address, academic history, choice of program and final confirmation.
  5. Once you confirm and save, you’ll be redirected to the application summary.
  6. Here you can check whether all the fields are completed and if you would want to change anything in the application.
  7. Finally submit the form and print it. Mail the application form along with required documentation to the application address.

English Proficiency Test Scores

International students who choose courses that are taught in English medium are required to produce English language proficiency in the form of test scores like TOEFL, IELTS. The acceptable rests along with their corresponding scores are as mentioned below.

Test nameMinimum Required Score
CEFRLevel B2+
CPEGrade A
CAEGrade A, B, C

Visa Process for International Students

  • Students studying at University of Hamburg need a German student visa when looking for studying at the institute.
  • For student applicant visa, one can apply as soon as the confirmation is received after applying, whereas for student visa, acceptance letter must be produced.
  • Since the processing time for application is two to three months, there the visa application must be drafted with the application confirmation itself.
  • The visa application requires one to satisfy all the requirements proposed by the university, valid passport and sufficient funds.
  • Minimum 670 EUR must be reflected through financial proof to live in Germany.

University of Hamburg Undergraduate Admissions

Courses such as Business Administration, Computing in Science, Computer Science, Food Chemistry, Mathematics and Medicine on an undergraduate level are offered across the lush campus of the University of Hamburg. The application for the programs can be drafted depending upon the semester in which the program begins. Additionally, some bachelor courses also fall under the category of admission restriction.

Where to Apply: Online application

Application Fee: Not applicable

Admission Requirements: Requirements that an applicant needs to fulfill while drafting an application for any bachelor course at University of Hamburg is as follows-

  • Higher education entrance eligibility- German Abitur.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • School leaving certificate.
  • English language proficiency proof.
  • German language proficiency proof.

University of Hamburg Graduate Admissions

Numerous courses for aspirants seeking to study in Germany by enrolling at the institute are available at graduate level. Some programs like European and European Legal Studies, Geophysics, Human Rights and Democratization, Industrial Mathematics, etc. are taught only in English. The other master’s programs require applicants to be proficient either in German or in English and German both.

Some popular Master’s programs at the university are as follows-

RequirementsMaster of Business AdministrationMaster of Science in EconomicsMaster of Arts in Higher EducationMaster of LawMaster of Science in Molecular Life Sciences
Application Fee*N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Admission RestrictionsApplicableApplicableApplicableApplicableApplicable
Teaching languageGermanEnglishGermanEnglishGerman
English proficiency proofRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Course preferenceB.Sc. in Business Administration, or a degree in Economics, Business Math, Business Engineering, etc.Degree in Economics, Math, Mathematical Economics, Statistics or equivalentDegree in educational science, psychological, humanities, social science subject.·Bachelor degree in Law or EconomicsBachelor degree in Molecular Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology. Another degree is considered in case of relevant work experience.

If the semester fee is free for any master program then the candidate is expected to pay a semester contribution fee which is 328.00 EUR and it is mandatory.

The university does not just focus on academics but also on holistic development by ensuring plenty of recreational opportunities on the campus. For the purpose of maintaining career counseling and placement assistance departments., it has its association with various industry bodies and business houses.

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