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Application and admission for a Bachelor's programme at HSBA


How do I apply for a Bachelor's degree at HSBA?

Application Process & Admission Requirements

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.

Step 1: Get Information

Co-operative study programme, undergraduate courses & admission requirements

Dual study programme

What is a "dual" study programme and what are its advantages?

The dual study programme combines a demanding degree programme with practical work experience, i.e. theory and practice overlap. After a dual study programme, you have an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree and professional experience. This means you are optimally prepared for your professional life and have excellent career opportunities.

At HSBA, the dual (co-operative) Bachelor's programme comprises six semesters. Each semester consists of a theoretical phase at our university and a practical phase in a company. You can find detailed information about the German "dual system" and the course of study here.

Bachelor's Study Programmes at HSBA

Which co-operative Bachelor's degree programmes can I study at HSBA?

At HSBA you can choose between four co-operative Bachelor's degree programmes. Find out which programme suits you best:

Feel free to attend one of HSBA’s Information events.

All counselling services and information dates

Admission Requirements

What are the admission requirements to study at HSBA?

In order to be able to study at HSBA, you need a higher education entrance qualification - for example the Abitur. In addition, you need 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 German-language degree programmes Business Administration and Business Informatics 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.

Do you have the German Advanced Technical College Certificate (Fachhochschulreife) or are you a graduate of a German school in foreign countries or do you have an International Baccalaureat (IB) or European Baccalaureat (EB)? Then get in touch with us - by phone (+49 40 822160-910) or by email (info(at)

Applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification can find more information here: Acceptance criteria for international applicants.

Step 2: Application

Apply to a company & selection process

Find a university place offer / company

You spend the practical phases of your dual study programme at a company where you also apply directly. The easiest way to find a company that offers a place at our university is our Job & Study Offers section.

Work & Study Vacancies

Please keep in mind that almost all companies can offer a co-operative 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!

Apply to a company & selection process

You should also get information about the companies listed on the website, the opportunities they are offering, and the application requirements. Are you unsure about your application documents or do you have questions about the application process? Our Online Applicant Coaching offers you tips and tricks for a successful application to companies. You can also significantly increase your chances of a successful application by taking part in the next Hamburg Business Speed Dating. There, in 10-minute conversations (speed dates), you will get to know HR managers from companies where you can complete a cooperative degree programme at HSBA.

After you have applied to the company, the selection process takes place there, which depends on the respective company. It ranges from job interviews to an assessment centre.

Step 3: Admission & Enrolment

Checking the documents & enrolment

Assessment of Admission Requirements

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. We will then contact you to request and check the following documents:

  • Proof of university entrance qualification (usually, the Abitur or Advanced Technical College Certificate)
  • Proof of good grades in mathematics, English and, if applicable, German (10 or 9 points)

As soon as you have submitted all the documents and fulfilled all the admission requirements, you will receive the matriculation documents from us, which you must complete and return to us together with proof of health insurance. You will then receive your notification of enrolment and will be enrolled in a cooperative degree programme. Your studies start on 1 October.

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Klaus Waubke HSBA
Klaus Waubke

Senior Manager Student Recruitment & Company Relations

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Cooperating Companies

More than 300 partner companies support HSBA

Lexzau, Scharbau GmbH & Co. KG
Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG
nbs partners GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Hapag-Lloyd AG
Hamburger Feuerkasse Versicherungs-AG
AXA Versicherung AG
Oktan Tankstellen GmbH
Aon Versicherungsmakler Deutschland GmbH
axunio Pharma GmbH
Baker Tilly GmbH & Co.KG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Beiersdorf AG
Carlsberg Deutschland Holding GmbH
PPI AG Informationstechnologie
EOS Deutscher Inkasso-Dienst GmbH
agiles Informationssysteme GmbH
Service-Bund GmbH & Co. KG
Brightpoint Fund Services GmbH
Deloitte GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
DROEGE Holding GmbH
Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH
Hermes Germany GmbH
HanseMerkur Versicherungsgruppe
Encavis AG
fabfab GmbH - Internetversandhandel von Stoffen
Robert Schüler Versicherungsmakler GmbH & Co. KG
The Fontenay Hotelgesellschaft mbH
Jebsen & Jessen (GmbH & Co.) KG
EOS Gruppe
ShibataFenderTeam AG
Star Finanz GmbH
Peter Cremer Holding GmbH & Co. KG
ECE Marketplaces GmbH & Co. KG
Delta-Sport Handelskontor GmbH
Counsel Treuhand GmbH
Commerzbank AG
Berg & Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
Engel & Völkers Holding GmbH
HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH
Leser GmbH & Co. KG
Maersk Deutschland A/S & Co. KG
HSV Fußball AG
TUI Cruises GmbH
Olympus Europa SE & CO. KG
best practice consulting AG
Velux Deutschland GmbH
SSW-Trading GmbH
edding AG
COLUMBIA Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH
Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
Hamburg Commercial Bank AG
HO2 Systemberatung GmbH
Neumann Gruppe GmbH
Greenyard Fresh Germany GmbH
Mazars GmbH & Co. KG
Liesner & Co. GmbH
ASG | Asche Stein Glockemann Verstl Wiezoreck
Itzehoer Versicherungen
Orion Reederei GmbH & Co. KG
Klaus Böcker GmbH
MSC Germany S.A. & Co KG
Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG
ESC Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH
HelloFresh Deutschland Produktions SE & Co. KG
PIA Media GmbH
Detlev Louis Motorradvertriebs GmbH
Sysmex Europe SE
Stern-Wywiol Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG
Otto (GmbH & Co. KG)
Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG
Hoyer GmbH
finum Riensch & Held GmbH & Co. KG
HMM (Germany) GmbH & Co. KG
Exclusive Collection
Alsterspree Verlag GmbH
BERENBERG Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
Elis Group Services GmbH
Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH
Baloise Lebensversicherungs AG Deutschland
Jungheinrich AG
Georg Duncker GmbH & Co. KG
Hamburg Coffee Company Hacofco mbH
RessourcenReich GmbH
Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement GmbH & Co KG
Shell Deutschland GmbH
BUDNI Handels- & Service GmbH & Co. KG
Sparkasse Harburg-Buxtehude
Junge & Co. Versicherungsmakler GmbH
ek robotics GmbH
TRAILER LLOYD Fahrzeugvermietung GmbH & Co. KG
DACHSER SE  Logistikzentrum Schleswig-Holstein
MariApps Marine Solutions Europe GmbH
Aspira Logistics GmbH
Hamburger Sparkasse AG
Sparda-Bank Hamburg eG
PAWLIK Consultants GmbH
KG BURSPED Speditions G.m.b.H. & Co.
AIDA Cruises German Branch of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Vattenfall Europe Business Services GmbH
NDR Media GmbH
Hamburger Energiewerke GmbH
Airbus Operations GmbH
Rieckermann GmbH
FKS Friedrich Karl Schroeder GmbH & Co. KG
Funke Logistik GmbH
SUND GmbH + Co. KG
HOYER Handel GmbH
Bürgschaftsbank Hamburg GmbH
RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd GmbH & Co KG
ProVidens Vermögensmanagement GmbH
Eulenburg Family Office GmbH & Co. KG
Deep Media Technologies GmbH
intersoft consulting services AG
Omnicom Media Group GmbH
TT-Line GmbH & Co. KG
RSM Ebner Stolz  Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
salesHAX Consulting
Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH
BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen
Deutsche Bank AG
C. Illies & Co. Handelsges. mbH
HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration
NPP Niethammer, Posewang & Partner GmbH
Hamburg Süd A/S & Co KG
Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG
Funk Versicherungsmakler GmbH
Montblanc-Simplo GmbH
Lother GmbH
TOPLICHT Schiffsausrüstung GmbH
IntReal International Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Leonhardt & Blumberg Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG
Nord Event GmbH
Hamburger Hochbahn AG
EOS Holding GmbH
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
WMC Wüpper Management Consulting GmbH
MUTABOR Technologies GmbH
Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG
Wintershall Dea AG
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft
Acer Computer GmbH
Tchibo GmbH
Scholz & Friends Commerce GmbH
British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH
Signal Iduna Gruppe - Hamburg
Initiative Media GmbH
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH & Co. KG
Dierkes Partner
Alfred E. Tiefenbacher (GmbH & Co. KG)
GALAB Laboratories GmbH
Buss Group GmbH & Co. KG
Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG
Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH
Edel SE & Co. KGaA
Navalis Shipping GmbH & Co. KG
DVA International GmbH
Coloplast GmbH
Vattenfall Europe Sales GmbH
Joh. Jacobs & Co. (AG & Co.) KG
Hanseatische Mittelstands Treuhand GmbH
BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Allianz Trade
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Aurubis AG
Mast-Jägermeister SE
Ernst & Young GmbH
Hanseatic Bank GmbH & Co. KG


Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor's programme at HSBA

Can I apply for a study place directly with HSBA?

No. Students can only study at HSBA if they have concluded a contract of study with a training company. To apply with a company is always the first step in the application process.

What are the options of studying abroad?

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.

When should I start with my application?

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.

Accreditations, Awards & Rankings

State-approved – Accredited by the German Council of Science – All study programmes accredited by FIBAA

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