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Admission Process

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Application Process

Your first step should be to read up about the study programmes on offer in Business Administration, Business Informatics, Logistics Management, Maritime Management und Media Management & Communication. You will find an overview here:

» Study Programmes


There are admission requirements for all the study programmes. These include good grades in mathematics and English (the equivalent to a 10 point average from two senior-grade school reports or a 9 point average in advanced courses from a school using the German education system). The Business Administration, Business Informatics and Media Management programmes require an additional grade of 10 or 9 points in the German language. There are entrance exams available should you not be able to satisfy these admission requirements. Information and appointments can be found here:

» Entrance Exams


Feel free to attend one of HBSA’s Dual Bachelor Programme Information Sessions. Dates and locations can be found here:

» Information Sessions


Do you know what happens during a lecture? Try attening one of our demonstration lectures, held on a general commercial topic at HSBA. All dates and times are here:

» Demonstration Lectures

To take part in a dual Bachelor’s degree, you must first find a student placement in a company. The first step to studying at HSBA is to apply to a company. Find out about all the current opportunities for prospective students in our online Job & Study Offers section here:

» Study Place Exchange

You should also get information about the companies listed on the website, the opportunities they are offering, and the application requirements. Check whether the company you want to apply to is looking to receive the required documents online or by post. Do not do a ‘general mail out’, but rather make sure you are sure about why you want to apply to a particular company, and make this clear in your application letter.

Please keep in mind that almost all companies can offer a dual study place. So check if you know a company that is not yet cooperating with HSBA, but is suitable for you. The company headquarters does NOT have to be in Hamburg!

Do you have questions about the application process? Then give us a call! Or take part in our applicant coaching. In this free, about 90 minute seminar we give you tips for a successful application.


» Applicant Coaching

The selection process takes place after you have applied to a company. It may include interviews and/ or a session in an assessment centre. Once you have successfully completed the process, the company will sign a study agreement with you, which will be sent, along with your application documents to HSBA.

After the company has sent in your application documents and the study agreement, HSBA assesses these against the admission requirements in English, mathematics and, where required, German.

This section is aimed at applicants with a German Abitur qualification or a German Advanced Technical College Certificate as well as graduates of German schools in foreign countries or applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB). Applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification can find more information here: » Acceptance criteria for international applicants

  • Proof of university entrance qualification (usually, the Abitur or Advanced Technical College Certificate);
  • Study agreement with a company in which the practical part of your studies will be completed;
  • Good knowledge of mathematics, English and German (German is not required for the English language degree courses of Logistics Management and Maritime Management). Good knowledge means an average of 10,0 points in two senior-grade school reports. Where the subject was taken as an advanced course, a bonus of 1,0 point is granted for the required average grade.

Should you satisfy all the admission requirements, we will send the enrolment documents to you. If your grades are not sufficient to satisfy the requirements, you will need to take an entrance examination.

» Entrance Examination

Once all of your documents have been submitted, the enrolment documents will be sent to you. Please fill out your enrolment form and submit it, along with evidence of your health insurance (in Germany).

» Enrolment Form

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