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Good reasons for studying abroad

International experience, a knowledge of foreign languages and intercultural competencies are key skills in professional life. This is why HSBA promotes intercultural exchange on all levels. Not only will academic study abroad broaden your technical knowledge: openness to experiencing new things, flexibility, versatility and of course friends from all over the world are just some of the reasons in favour of studying abroad.
On these pages, you can find out about HSBA’s international partnerships and your options for gaining international experience during your studies at HSBA.

The A to Z of studying abroad

The ideal time for a study-abroad period is the third or fourth semester of study, because by then you will already have a good overall grasp of your specialist area. Also, there are still enough courses left that qualify for recognition. On this basis, you can plan your stay and the subjects you want to study while abroad sensibly. In most cases, the semester dates at the foreign university will not correspond fully to the dates at HSBA. As a result, it is important that you discuss your plans with your company and with HSBA at an early stage. Please take account of the following:

  • It is not possible to interrupt your traineeship agreement and extend the traineeship beyond the agreed three-year period.
  • Study-abroad periods are subject to the approval of your company and HSBA.
  • You will continue to receive the traineeship remuneration from your company.
  • You will continue to pay the course fees at HSBA and therefore be registered also at HSBA during your stay abroad.

If the period that you would like to spend abroad does not coincide with the theory phase at HSBA or goes on for longer than the theory phase, you have the following options:

  • Tell your company about your plans at an early stage and inform the HR officer of your specific intentions. Depending on the exchange option, offer to work ahead or to use part or even all of your annual vacation.
  • To the extent possible, you can return to Germany after completing the tuition periods at the host university and can then just travel back for the exams.
  • Essentially it is possible to take the written exams of the host university at HSBA. To do this, contact the International Office at your host university abroad as well as the lecturer in question and HSBA. Please be aware that this option involves extra work, particularly for your host university, and should therefore be negotiated as sensitively as possible. This option is linked to costs on the part of HSBA which are listed in the schedule of HSBA services.

Please find here an example on how to organize your study abroad within your dual Bachelor degree programme at HSBA. The specific semester dates of the HSBA partner universities are listed under "Options".

You are looking for further information on studying abroad?

  • Visit one of the information sessions offered by HSBA International Office in your first year.
  • Read all information provided on these websites.
  • Research on your preferred host university, country, culture and the respective higher education system. You may refer to the link tips provided on the right.
  • Have a look at the student reports of HSBA students in HSBA Connect.
  • Contact HSBA International Office for any further questions or doubts.

You would like to get prepared for your stay abroad?

  • Make use of the language courses offers within the HSBA general studies' programme as well as online language courses.
  • Join the HSBA International Committee and get to know students from other parts of the world.
  • Be a buddy and support international students during their first weeks in Hamburg.

Organisation

Before you start preparing to take part in a Summer School or an exchange programme at a partner university, you have to get a declaration of consent from your company (study-abroad application form; can be accessed in the Download section of E-Services). It is solely up to your company to decide whether or not the application will be granted. Speak to your student support officer and explain the advantages and your own personal motivation for wanting to study abroad. It is customary for students to use part or all of their annual vacation for the study-abroad period.


Please note that the dates for the upcoming academic years of the universities have not yet been set or published at the time of reaching an agreement with your company – and in some cases at the time of applying at HSBA. However, the dates generally only deviate minimally from the current semester dates. Therefore, please use the dates for the current academic year and communicate this to your company accordingly.

You can find further information on the individual application process when you look at each exchange option (Erasmus, Other Partners, Summer Schools, Free Mover).

In order for us to check whether the grades you obtain at your university of choice can be credited to your HSBA degree, you need to fill in an application for recognition of grades not obtained at HSBA (“Antrag von nicht an der HSBA erbrachten Studienleistungen”) and send this via e-mail to the International Office in good time (we recommend approximately six months beforehand) together with the module descriptions of your chosen courses. We will check your application and get back to you as soon as possible. In addition, we would like to point out that in particular in the case of an exchange semester course or schedule changes at the host school may occur shortly before or after arrival.


Read the following main steps and conditions on the recognition of grades obtained abroad:


Equivalent competencies
In principle, all subjects can be recognised provided they are not significantly different in terms of the competencies to be acquired; this has to be substantiated by means of module descriptions from the foreign university.

  • Step 1: You should compare the courses of your study programme with those at the guest university and make your preferred choice.
  • Step 2: Identify from our sample modules list if your course choice has already been checked for credit transfer.
  • Step 3: For all remaining courses you should make sure on the basis of the module descriptions of both the foreign university and HSBA that the courses match.

Please note:

  • You may obtain generally up to 30 ECTS per semester. For a semester abroad, a minimum of 25 ECTS is required (does not apply to Summer School programmes).
  • In principle, courses from the semesters before or after your semester abroad can also be credited.
    Exams that have already been successfully completed at HSBA, cannot be replaced by an exam abroad.
  • In case of course changes upon arrival at the host institution you must inform the International Office of the HSBA immediately. We will then do our best to consider your amended course choice as soon as possible.
  • Please note: Subsequent crediting without prior approval is not possible.

The application process depends on whether you would like to do an exchange at a ERASMUS partner university, another university, as free mover or participate in a summer school.  

 

Insurance Cover

It is important that you check your insurance cover for your stay abroad. This relates in particular to health, third-party liability, accident and disability insurance. Before your study-abroad period, you should check to what extent your insurance covers you while you are abroad. For example, in most cases it is worth getting private health insurance because special and unusual services, such as repatriation in the event of illness or injury for example, are generally only covered by additional insurance. Consequently you should obtain the relevant information from your existing health insurer before you commence your journey.

Sufficient health insurance cover is necessary in order to be admitted to the partner university. Each student is responsible for organising his/her own health insurance. If you have statutory health insurance, the insurance cover provided by your health insurance generally also extends to the rest of Europe for the duration of your studies. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) number is generally sufficient proof of cover. Please make sure to clarify this with your health insurer. If your insurance cover does not cover your destination country, you will need to take out private additional insurance (e.g. international health insurance from HanseMerkur, Allianz).


If you have private health insurance, you should clarify how long the insurance cover is valid for periods spent abroad, as most insurance policies have a three-month limit. Students with private health insurance must also obtain confirmation from their insurance providers that they are covered in the rest of Europe. Ideally this confirmation should be provided in the language of the destination country.
Students receiving an ERASMUS+, EU or DAAD grant may be covered by the DAAD Group Insurance.


Visa

A visa application is required for some countries. Please find out in good time about the rules for your destination country. If you are planning a one-semester exchange with the University of Dubai, please contact HSBA’s International Office.

What happens if you have already moved abroad and the course you selected is not taking place after all? If changes are made at short notice abroad, please discuss these as soon as possible with HSBA’s International Office.

 

Do you want to have the grades obtained abroad credited to your HSBA study programme? If so, please provide us with your transcript of records, including an explanation of the grades at your host university, after your return. In addition, please state your request for recognition in writing (an e-mail is sufficient).

A grade obtained abroad is converted using a special HSBA conversion formula based on the “modified Bavarian formula”.

Participants in the ERASMUS programme must submit the following additional documents to HSBA within two weeks of their return:

  • Confirmation of stay
  • Transcript of records from the partner university (copy)
  • ERASMUS student report DAAD
  • Individual student report
  • You can find all of the forms as well as a guide for writing your individual report on the experience at “Downloads for students” in HSBA Connect.

If the documents are not submitted on time and/or in full, HSBA reserves the right to recall the ERASMUS part scholarship already paid out and not to pay out the second instalment.

Last but not least, we would be delighted if you shared your experiences with your fellow students in a variety of different ways. Create a podcast, talk about your stay abroad on facebook or present your experiences at one of our regular information events. The international committee is also always glad to welcome new members!

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