Would you like to spend part of your studies in Hamburg? As a student of one of our partner universities, you can spend a semester at HSBA and thus gain international experience. International experience, knowledge of foreign languages and cross-cultural competencies are key skills in professional life. This is why HSBA promotes intercultural exchange on all levels.
Please contact the International Office at your home institution and check out our website for information on how to study at HSBA as an exchange student.
For information on visa regulations, residence permits, registering in Hamburg, accommodation and many more tips for living in Hamburg, please refer to the relevant sections on coming to and living in Hamburg.
HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration is the university of the Hamburg business community. Founded by Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in 2004, it now cooperates with more than 250 companies. As a state-recognised third-level institution, it offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business as dual and part-time courses for about 850 students. Our programmes are very ambitious and designed for "hard work-hard play" students.
Currently HSBA has around 30 international partnerships covering universities from Europe, Asia and America.
HSBA only offers dual bachelor's and part-time master's programmes. The dual principle involves students learning at two locations, namely at the university and at the company. This principle has been in use in Germany for decades, particularly as part of dual professional training. Dual university degrees have existed since the 1970s, with more than 60,000 students currently registered at higher education institutions using the dual system. However, for exchange students the dual principle does not apply.
All undergraduate courses at HSBA are generally open for exchange students. All courses for the current and the upcoming academic year can be found in the download area down below.
The study programmes Maritime Management and Logistics Management are entirely taught in English and its core courses are equivalent to those in the Business Administration Programme. For the programme Business Administration students can also choose to have the whole Programme taught in English.
Please be aware that when choosing courses from different study programmes and different years, they may overlap. Schedules will be available approximately two weeks before arrival. For certain courses prerequisites may be required. Please check our module descriptions.
Master students wanting to do an exchange at HSBA may join our MSc Global Management & Governance elective modules in Finance, Marketing or Entrepreneurship and a course in HR & Leadership from January to March/April (subject to availability). For more details, please contact us or the international office at your University.
HSBA offers four terms of approx. three months each. Exams take place during the last week of each term. Students may come on exchange for one or two terms. Three terms may be arranged in exceptional cases by prior agreement.
Undergraduate exchange terms for 2018/19:
Undergraduate exchange terms for 2019/20:
In January and October there will an Induction Week taking place in the first week, in April and July one or two Induction Day(s) on the first day(s).
Nomination Deadline: four months prior to term start Application Deadline: three months prior to term start Public Holidays 2019/20: 1 Jan 2019, 19 + 22 Apr 2019, 1 + 30 May 2019, 9 + 10 Jun 2019, 3 + 31 Oct 2019, 25 + 26 Dec 2019, 1 Jan 2020, 10 - 13 Apr 2020, 1 + 21 May 2020, 1 Jun 2020, 3 + 31 Oct 2020, 25 + 26 Dec 2020
We recommend students to stay for two terms (1 term equals 3 months) in order to manage the workload for 30 ECTS.
To apply as an exchange student you will need to be officially nominated by your home university. After nomination you will receive the HSBA application form which you need to send along with the following documents:
Please send all required documents by email and name each file according to ist content!
International experience, knowledge of foreign languages and cross-cultural competencies are key skills in professional life. This is why HSBA promotes intercultural exchange on all levels.The Student Exchange Programme ERASMUS+ provides the opportunity for university students to study and/or work in many different countries. Around 200,000 students take advantage of the ERASMUS scheme every year. HSBA is busy setting up bilateral agreements with European institutions of higher education.
For detailed information on the European Commission’s ERASMUS+ Programme please refer to their website.
Besides cooperating with ERASMUS+ partners, we are engaged in exchange programmes with institutions of higher education outside Europe, and we are constantly looking into extending our partnerships.