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.
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.
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.
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 2020/21:
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
|Summer '20||Autumn '20||Winter '21||Spring '21|
|Induction days/week||23 - 24 Jul 2020||5 - 9 Oct 2020||4 - 8 Jan 2021||8 - 9 Apr 2021|
|Course start||27 Jul 2020||5 Oct 2020||4 Jan 2021||12 Apr 2021|
|Exam preparation and exam weeks||21 Sep - 2 Oct 2020||7 - 18 Dec 2020||8 - 19 Mar 2021||7 - 18 Jun 2021|
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:
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”: Plan Your Stay
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.
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
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.
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.
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 Committee best 3 months prior to your arrival.