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Acceptance Criteria for International Students

Acceptance criteria for international applicants

If an applicant has a higher education entry qualification (a qualification that entitles the applicant to take up a place at a third-level institution in his/her home country), this qualification has to be examined by HSBA.

The following acceptance criteria apply for admission to all dual bachelor’s study programmes at HSBA:

  • Proof of qualification to study at a third-level institution;
  • Study agreement with a company where the professional part of the course will be carried out;
  • A good knowledge of Mathematics, substantiated by corresponding school grades or alternative substantiation;
  • A good knowledge of English, substantiated by corresponding school grades or alternative substantiation;
  • A good knowledge of German, substantiated by corresponding admission tests or certificates (applies only with respect to the Business Administration, Business Informatics and Media Management study programmes)

Proof of Qualification to study at a Third-Level-Institution

In general, a foreign higher education entry qualification entitles the applicant to take up a place at a third-level institution applies in his/her home country.

Whether or not your qualification entitles you to take up a study place at HSBA has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In principle, such qualifications from within the EU can generally be recognised. Please submit your documents to us as early as possible for assessment.

If your qualification is not recognised as equivalent in Germany, it is possible to acquire such a qualification at a preparatory course in Germany.

 

Study Agreement

In order to be accepted onto the dual study programme at HSBA, it is essential to conclude a study agreement with a partner company where the practical part of the study programme will be carried out.  The students remain in one company throughout the entire study programme.

HSBA supports the search for a partner company with a variety of offerings. Information on the application procedure can be found in the “Application” section of the respective course.

It is possible to complete the practical part of the study programme in a company abroad. If this option is of interest to you, please get in touch with us. Please note that the practical part of the study programme in the company often requires a knowledge of German.

The employment relationship with the company is subject to social insurance. Consequently no further proof of health insurance is required.

Special information for non-EU students

Non-EU students may have to apply for a visa. However, they generally do not require a work permit, as students are excepted from such requirements. You can find more information on visas here.

Mathematics

A good knowledge of mathematics can be substantiated with a grade average of at least 2.5 under the German grading system. HSBA will convert the grades after you have submitted your qualification that entitles you to study at a third-level institution and the certificates for the last two years of school.

The grade average of 2.5 is calculated from the average of the two best grades from a maximum of five (four half-yearly reports and if applicable the Abitur exam).

If the requisite grades cannot be produced, the candidate can complete an admission test at HSBA. This can be taken in English.

HSBA offers preparatory documents and preparatory courses on request.

English

A good knowledge of English (corresponding to at least the B2 level of the European Framework) can be substantiated in the same way as described above for Mathematics through the school grades obtained or the HSBA admission test. This does not apply to applicants whose qualification to study at a third-level institution was acquired in English-speaking countries abroad.*

Alternatively, proof of the necessary English skills can be provided by means of:

  • TOEFL internet-based with at least 90 points or
  • International English Testing Service (IELTS) “academic” with 6.0
  • FCE with Grade A, CAE with Grade A, B or C, CPE with Grade A, B, or C

Further certificates at a qualified B2 level can be assessed individually by HSBA. Due to the long periods needed for preparation and correcting, we recommend planning these dates at an early stage. On the date of registering, the test cannot have been passed more than two years ago (from the date of the test).

* Among others, these also include South Africa, Canada and American Samoa.

German

A good knowledge of German is generally required for the dual bachelor’s study programme at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. This applies in particular to the German-language study programmes but also to the study programmes Logistics Management and Maritime Management conducted in English, as a knowledge of German is often a prerequisite for the practical part of the study programme in the company.

Formal substantiation of a good knowledge of German is required for acceptance onto the Business Administration, Business Informatics and Media Management programmes. 

As a result, to study at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration you will need one of the following language proficiency certificates, which you must present no later than on the date of registration (by 31 August)

  • a DSH test (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) with DSH2 level. The DSH test is offered at many German universities. Please find out whether external candidates are also admitted to the DSH test (in some cases, admission is subject to presentation of the notice of registration).
  • a TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average of TDN 4 or higher. The TestDaF is carried out by the TestDaF institute at licensed test centres in Germany and worldwide.
  • Prüfungsteil Deutsch der Feststellungsprüfung an Studienkollegs. Prüfungsteil Deutsch is similar to the DSH in terms of scope, form and content.
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK-Stufe zwei (DSD II). DSD II is offered by German schools abroad and by what are known as DSD schools abroad.
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS).

On the date of registering, the test cannot have been passed more than two years ago (from the date of the test).

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