Exchange Students at HSBA


Stefan Malzkorn

Our offers for Exchange Students

Welcome at HSBA!

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 300 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 1,000 students. Our programmes are very ambitious and designed for "hard work-hard play" students.

Currently HSBA has around 44 international partnerships covering universities from Europe, Asia and America.

Explained simply: Dual studies at HSBA

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 partner company. Although, for exchange students the dual principle does not apply but it is important for you to understand the structure as it influences the structure of your stay at HSBA.

Our Course Offers

HSBA offers these following Bachelor’s programmes:

Students are welcome to choose and mix courses from all study programmes and years – depending on the prerequisites.

Please be aware that when mixing programmes and years, courses may overlap. Schedules will be available approximately two weeks before arrival. Here you can find the module descriptions.

Master’s students interested in an exchange at HSBA: Please be aware that HSBA only offers part-time Master’s programmes and no classic exchange semester structure. Please contact HSBA’s International Office for more details.

Exchange Dates & Academic Calendar

Due to the dual study structure the academic year is divided into 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 2021/22:
  • 22 July – 1 October 2021 
  • 4 October – 17 December 2021
  • 3 January – 18 March 2022
  • 7 April – 17 June 2022
Undergraduate exchange terms for 2022/23
  • 21 July – 30 September 2022
  • 4 October – 16 December 2022
  • 9 January – 24 March 2023
  • 5 April – 16 June 2023

Mandatory Induction Days will take place at the beginning of each term.

IMPORTANT: We recommend students to stay for two terms (equals a classic semester) to manage the workload for 30 ECTS.

Nomination deadline: four months prior to term start 
Application deadline: three months prior to term start

Exchange Student Calendar

Summer '22 Autumn '22 Winter '23 Spring '23
Induction days/week 21 - 22 Jul 2022 4 - 7 Oct 2022 9 - 13 Jan 2023 5 - 6 Apr 2023
Course start 25 Jul 2022 4 Oct 2022 9 Jan 2023 11 Apr 2023
Exam preparation and exam weeks 19 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 5 - 16 Dec 2022 13 - 24 Mar 2023 5 - 16 Jun 2023

Public Holidays 2022/23:

3 & 31 Oct 2022, 25 & 26 Dec 2022, 1 Jan 2023, 7 - 10  Apr 2023, 1, 18 & 29 May 2023, 3 & 31 Oct 2023, 25 & 26 Dec 2023


Students from partner universities need to be officially nominated by their home university. After nomination you will receive the HSBA application form which you need to send along with the following documents: 

  • Learning agreement (you may use either the HSBA’s or your university's form) 
  • Current Transcript of Records in English 
  • Passport sized photograph (JPG for student ID) 
  • Proof of English and/or German proficiency at B2 level (required from ALL students except native speakers).  
  • As proof of English proficiency, we accept: TOEFL (90 pts.), IELTS (6.0), Cambridge Certificates: FCE with Grade A, CAE with Grade A, B or C, CPE with Grade A, B, or C or academic tutor’s statement of competence in English.  
    As proof of German proficiency, we accept: DSH-Test (DSH2 level), TestDaF (TDN 4 or higher), Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) or academic tutor’s statement of competence in German. Other certificates on request. 

Please send all required documents by email and name each file according to its content including your name!


For information on visa regulations, residence permits, registering in Hamburg, accommodation and many more tips for living in Hamburg, please check “Plan Your Stay”.


We are happy to help!

Iris Heine, HSBA
Iris Heine
Senior Manager International Office
+49 40 822160-959

Free Mover

Free Movers Welcome!

Your home university is not part of HSBA’s partner network? No problem at all! If you wish to take a semester at HSBA or to study in selected courses, do not hesitate to contact us and check all information on this website. There may be restrictions when it comes to select courses, please see “Course Offer for Exchange Students” above.

Tuition Fees 

Bachelor: EUR 100 per credit or EUR 3.000 per semester (2 terms). 
You can choose courses from all undergraduate programmes – depending on prerequisites.
Please contact the international office to book your selection.

Master: courses and fees on request

Get a Buddy!

Buddies – A Great Way to Connect to HSBA

A new country, a new city and a new university might cause confusion. No reason to despair! HSBA’s Buddies will help you to have a smooth start. This ranges from study to life and culture, everything from A to Z. They might pick you up at the airport, show you the nearest supermarket to your apartment, help to register as a Hamburg citizen or take you to the next party and best bar in Hamburg. How much time you spend with your buddy is, in the end, up to you and your buddy.

Buddies for Exchange Students 

Exchange students will automatically be matched with a buddy – so you do not need to register! Your buddy will get in contact with you shortly before your exchange starts.

Buddies for Degree Seeking Students

If you are a degree seeking student interested in the Buddy Programme just write us an email and we’ll try to find you a buddy who matches.  Register with our HSBA International Committeebest 3 months prior to your arrival.

Questions?Iris Heine, HSBA
Iris Heine, HSBA

Iris Heine

Senior Manager International Office
+49 40 822160-959

Contact Box: Callback

All times are specified in CEST

Contact Box: Message