Everything you need to know about applying for a Bachelor's degree at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
The application process at HSBA consists of several steps: Find out more about our partner companies at the beginning of the application process at our available study options section and then apply directly there. After a selection process in the company, the admission requirements are checked at HSBA. Afterwards, you will be matriculated and can start your studies.
Your first step should be to read up about the study programmes on offer in:
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. We recommend our "Bewerberzertifikat" to applicants who have successfully passed our entrance exams or have a foreign educational qualification. You will receive the certificate upon presentation of all necessary documents for a contribution towards expenses of 10 Euro and add it to your application. Further information is available at +49 40 822160-910.
Attention: Adjusted admission requirements for study start 2021:
In order to compensate for pandemic-related complications in the application process, the required grade point average for the dual Bachelor's degree programmes will be adjusted downwards by 1.0 point in each case in the academic year 2021.
Dual degree programmes are based on the principle of learning in two places from two sources to give students both academic and practical qualifications. The courses offered by HSBA therefore open up excellent career opportunities. Find out more about HSBA's dual course of study.
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 (+49 40 822160-933)! Or take part in our free 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
About 30% of HSBA's Bachelor students spend time abroad during their studies (mostly short-stay at Summer Schools or as an exchange student with one of our partner universities). In the third year of studies of the dual programmes, students can go on an international study trip. Furthermore, HSBA attaches great importance to the international character of its content, offering a wide range of seminars held in English. Fore more information, please see here.
Anyone interested in taking a dual Bachelor programme should normally start looking for a training company at least one year before they intend to start their studies. The application to the company should include all the usual documents, such as school and examination qualifications and CV. The company then sends the study contract together with the necessary documents to HSBA, which checks whether the criteria for admission are fulfilled, and if so accepts the applicant.