Welcome to Hamburg!
Here you will find all the information that is important to you if you want to study as an exchange student for one or two semesters at the Faculty of Education, Universität Hamburg.
Before you can be enrolled at Universität Hamburg you have to apply to the International Office of the Faculty of Education. Here we compiled all the necessary information for you. Please read all information sheets and forms carefully. If you have any questions, please contact the International Office.
We wish you an interesting, exciting, productive, and insightful time in Hamburg!
Information for Erasmus Incomings
The winter semester officially lasts from 1 October to 31 March.
The summer semester officially lasts from 1 April to 30 September. Here you will find information on the exact lecture period in both semesters.
Please read this website very carefully! There you can find a lot of general and useful information (e.g. about the registration/ enrolment, etc.) that will be helpful for your stay in Hamburg.
Letter of Acceptance
Besides, please send us an email with your home address, so that we can send you a Letter of Acceptance.
Online Registration and Enrollment via STINE
Besides you have to register and enrol online using STINE, otherwise you cannot sign up for the courses etc. of the Universität Hamburg. The registration period for applicants taking up their studies in the winter semester lasts from 1st June until 30th of July and for summer semester from 15th November until 30th of January.
Dispatch of documents to Hamburg
Then please send a scanned copy of your STINE online application form, as well as a proof of health insurance with a German health insurance provider (e.g. a copy of your EU health insurance card with validity in Germany) to firstname.lastname@example.org
To study in Hamburg you have to pay a semester fee. The amount of the fee can be found here. You can do the money transfer after your arrival in Hamburg. The semester fee covers your student identity card and allows you free use of public transport in Hamburg. Those cards will be sent to the International Office (address see below) and will be handed over to you after your arrival in Hamburg.
Living in a student dormitory
If you would like to live in a student dormitory, then please fill out the enclosed dormitory application (on PC!!!), attach a photo and send this to us (address below).
Please be aware that you have to write in full months (for example 01.10.2020 until 31.03.2021), it is not possible to rent a room for half a month (like 15.03. until 20.07.2021). The monthly rent for a furnished single room costs around 300 EUR (including internet and running costs for water, electricity and heating).
After arriving you have to pay an additional security deposit/ bond of 300 EUR, which you normally get back after your stay.
Please send your applications to:
Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft
Von-Melle-Park 8, 20146 Hamburg
The application deadline for the winter semester ends on 10th of June and for the summer semester on 1st of October.
German language course at the University
If you want to attend a German course during your exchange semester, please take into consideration that there are two different types of courses: Intensive Courses (before the semester starts) and Semester Courses (with different registration periods).
You can find all information (don´t miss the application deadlines) and the online application form for German as a second language courses on this site.
We also need a Learning Agreement from you, that lists all courses you would like to attend during your exchange semester at the Universität Hamburg. You can find all offered courses in the “Vorlesungsverzeichnis” in STINE. As the gernal study structure and courses offered normally does not change, you can have a look at the “Vorlesungsverzeichnis” of past semesters to get an idea what courses are usually offered. How to find the offered courses will be explained in the following.
Selection of courses
If you want to attend a course in educational science (Erziehungswissenschaft), teacher profession (Lehramt) or German studies (Germanistik), please click on the desired semester period (e.g. WiSe 21/22) and choose Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft --> Erziehungswissenschaft. Now you can choose between classes for undergraduates (Veranstaltungen zur Erziehungswissenschaft für Bachelorstudiengänge) and master (Veranstaltungen zur Erziehungswissenschaft für Masterstudiengänge).
If you want to attend undergraduate courses, select 0aAllgemeine Erziehungswissenschaft or 0bStudienschwerpunkte Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaft for courses in educational science. For classes in teaching profession you can click every other topic in this area. If you want to attend a course in German studies, please click on
0gFachdidaktisches Grundlagenstudium or 0iFachdidaktiken.
If you want to attend courses on master level, please select Veranstaltungen zur Erziehungswissenschaft für Masterstudiengänge. Then you can choose between courses in educational science (Veranstaltungen für den Masterstudiengang Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaft) and courses in teacher profession (Veranstaltungen für die Lehramtsstudiengänge).
Please note that there are also courses offered in English. If you are interested, please contact us. We will send you the list of courses before the semester starts.
Intensive German language course before the semester
Please create your Learning Agreement (with a minimum of 30 ECTS) based on the information provided above. Take into consideration that we only offer a limited number of courses in English at the Faculty of Education, so you need an intermediate level of German (B1/B2) to study here.
It is highly recommended to attend an intensive German language course. The language courses during the summer semester start in March and courses for the winter semester start in September. If you want to sign up for a language course, please contact the International Office (Referat Internationalisierung) (address see below).
For further information regarding your stay in Hamburg we recommend you this site.
Check out our PIASTA: Program International for All Students and Alumni
Information Central Exchange Program
Central Exchanges Program: Information for Incoming Students from Partner Universities
Information for Incoming Freemovers
International students have the option of studying as Freemovers at the Faculty of Education. The Faculty of Education has very limited capacity for Freemovers. Therefore, only the application of those students who meet all requirements can be considered.
- Degree programs and courses
Please first determine if your degree program or desired field of specialization with the appropriate courses is offered at the Faculty of Education. All courses for the current semester are listed on the online platform STiNE.
The majority of courses are offered in a similar format each year. Please ask your home university in advance if the courses will be recognized after your stay abroad.
A general list of the degree programs offered by the Faculty of Education is available here or here (in German only).
- Letter of invitation
Your application must be sent to the International Office in the Faculty of Education. Contact: email@example.com.
After receipt of your application, the International Office will send you a letter of invitation.
Once you have your letter of invitation, you can enroll as a Freemover.
If you require a visa for your academic stay in Germany, the letter of invitation serves as a template for your application.
- Submitting an enrollment application
You can submit an informal registration application before the start of the relevant semester (1 October for the winter semester and 1 April for the summer semester of the relevant year).
In your application, please indicate which semester you would like to enroll for and in which degree program you would like to attend courses. Please also indicate your postal address in Germany and your email address. If you do not yet have a postal address in Germany, you can use the address of your supervising instructor at the Faculty.
Please include this additional proof with your application:
- Proof of current enrollment in the respective degree program at your home university (current confirmation of enrollment or transcript of records as well as written confirmation of enrollment)
- Written confirmation that you have a supervisor at Universität Hamburg for the duration of your stay as a Freemover (including degree program and semester)
- If available, proof of sufficient German language proficiency
- If available, proof of adequate health insurance coverage (you can also submit this proof after your arrival in Germany)
- Your curriculum vitae (including date and place of birth)
Please send your application to the address below:
Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft
Von-Melle-Park 8, 20146 Hamburg
- If you would like to apply for a room in a dormitory, you can do so here. Should you have additional questions on searching for an accommodation, please contact the International Office at our university.
Registration to the courses
- A list of courses is available here, if you would like to improve your German language proficiency.
Please note: Before you can register for a language course, you must first take a language test to assess your level of proficiency.
International students can apply to numerous organisations for a scholarship, for example to DAAD, to party-related foundations or business-affiliated institutions. You can find information on scholarships in the DAAD scholarship database.