Studying abroad – Outgoing Bachelor

Study Abroad Options & Financing options


Going Abroad

From Hamburg to the world

A stay abroad during your studies is not just a temporary change of residence. You gain international experience, expand your foreign language skills, build up intercultural competencies and view study content from a different perspective – these key competencies also impress many employers today. The credits from abroad can be transferred to your studies at HSBA.

Spending part of your HSBA studies abroad not only enriches you professionally: openness to new things, flexibility, adaptability and, last but not least, friendships from all parts of the world are just a few good reasons for a stay abroad. That is why HSBA promotes intercultural exchange at all levels. Find out more on these pages about HSBA's international partnerships and the numerous options for gaining experience abroad during your HSBA studies.

Information on short programmes such as Summer Schools and various options for one-semester stays abroad such as ERASMUS+, worldwide partner universities and free movers are listed below. A semester abroad is recommended in the 3rd or 4th semester. A semester abroad is usually longer than the theory phase at HSBA; therefore, early consultation and planning with your company is very important. 


Information on organisation and application can be found on the ”Organisation & Application“-page. On each profile of our partner universities, you can find A-Track and B-Track sheets in the downloads, which roughly outline how the semester times at the respective university compare with the HSBA study structure. This certainly supports planning and also consultation with the company.

Study Abroad Options


ERASMUS+ is THE European Union's exchange programme and has been promoting European exchanges for students, professors, and university staff since 1987. The new programme generation runs from 2021-2027 and focuses on sustainability, digitalisation, and social participation.  

HSBA participates in the programme track KA131 "Mobility of Individuals", which can be a semester abroad (SMS) or an internship abroad (SMP) for students. 

The prerequisite is an existing partnership between HSBA and the university abroad. This is currently the case in the Master's programme with EM Normandie. 

A semester abroad must last at least 3 months and an internship abroad at least 2 months for ERASMUS+ funding to apply. 

Advantages for Students:

  • No tuition fees and language examinations at the host university.

  • Financial support for a minimum stay (studies: min. 3 months, internship: min. 2 months), the amount of support depends on the destination; there are three country groups graded according to living expenses

  • Special grants for students with special needs or with children

  • Special grants for green travel expected from 2021 onwards

  • Simplified application procedure. Students are supported in this process by the HSBA International Office and the partner university

  • ERASMUS+ online language courses for preparation

  • Language courses at partner universities (mostly free of charge or small contribution)

  • Advice and support from subject coordinators at the home and host universities

  • Accommodation in halls of residence at the host university or support in finding accommodation

  • Networks throughout Europe, e.g., the ERASMUS Student Network (ESN)

  • Experience reports from former HSBA outgoings can be found in the MS Teams channel International Office

HSBA received the ERASMUS+ Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 from the European Union in December 2020 and cooperates with partner universities throughout Europe. The partner network is constantly expanding. Students may find their rights and obligations in the ERASMUS+ Student Charter.

Other Partner Universities (worldwide)

In addition to its European partner universities, HSBA also maintains partnerships with universities worldwide. Here, too, our network is constantly growing.

Advantages for students:

  • No tuition fees at the host university*

  • In most cases, no official language certificate such as TOEFL or similar is required. After successful acceptance, a confirmation of language skills for English can be issued by HSBA’s International Office.

  • Simplified application procedure. Students are supported in this process by the International Offices of the sending and receiving university

  • Usually support in the visa process by the receiving university

  • Experience reports from former HSBA outgoings can be found in the MS Teams channel International Office

  • Financing options are listed in the section “Financing“ on this page

* Tuition fees apply at the University of Dubai (see the Fact Sheet for the tuition fees).

Free Mover

You have not found what you're looking for at our partner universities? Then there is the option of going abroad as a Free Mover and finding a suitable university yourself.

Please note: 

  • Usually, the universities charge tuition fees, which can vary in amount (as in the USA, for example). 
  • Possibly, the language confirmation for English from the HSBA International Office will not be recognised and an official language certificate (e.g. TOEFL or EILTS for English) must be submitted. 
  • The application deadline of 15.03. for places at partner universities does NOT apply here. The deadlines of the respective university apply. 
  • Have the possible credit transfer from abroad checked at an early stage. See "Step 3: Credit Transfer of Foreign Study Achievements". 
  • Not every university/institution abroad is recognised as a university in Germany. Please contact the International Office if you have selected a university and are unsure about its recognition
  • Experience reports from former HSBA outgoings can be found in the MS Teams channel International Office. 
  • Financing options are listed in the section "Financing"

The HSBA International Office will of course support you in planning and realizing the mobility. 

Summer / Winter Schools

Going abroad only for a short time? A semester abroad doesn't fit into the study organisation with the company? Then short programmes like summer or winter schools can be good alternatives. 

Short Facts: 

  • Usually four- to eight-week intensive programmes with participants from all over the world 
  • General study content or also topic-specific courses 
  • Credits can usually be transferred to the HSBA degree programme 
  • Various social programmes to get to know culture, country & people 
  • Application/deadlines, arrival and departure, accommodation etc. are usually organised by participants themselves.  
  • Often attractive discounts at partner universities, e.g., BI Oslo 
  • Experience reports from former HSBA outgoings can be found in the MS Teams channel International Office. 
  • Have the possible credit transfer from abroad checked at an early stage. See "Step 3: Credit Transfer of Foreign Study Achievements". 
  • Financing options are listed in the section "Financing"

A table with short programmes known to us is listed in the downloads and will be updated successively. Further offers can be found on the internet, e.g. at 


There are numerous financing opportunities for the various options of a stay abroad. Usually, these are partial scholarships that do not cover the entire expenses for a stay abroad:


Financial support is possible for a minimum stay of 3 months (study) at a European partner university and 2 months (internship) in a European company. The amount is based on the three country categories, graded according to the living expenses in the respective countries. The required documents will be provided by the International Office in time. 


Is a scholarship programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Funding is available for semesters abroad at non-European partner universities, Free Movers, and short programmes such as summer schools. The funds are awarded on a calendar year basis. The International Office annually sends out the call for applications with the current funding conditions at the end of April/beginning of May. 

Please note: PROMOS cannot be combined with ERASMUS+ or other DAAD funding.

German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

The DAAD scholarship database lists various scholarships and funding opportunities. 

Auslands-BAföG (German student grant)

An application may be worthwhile even if you do not receive domestic BAföG.

GO EAST Summer Schools

The DAAD announces scholarships for Summer Schools for countries in Central, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia

Institut Ranke Heinemann

Grants scholarships to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada

GOstralia und GOzealand

Grants scholarships to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada

Fulbright Commission

Offers various scholarship programmes for the USA (e.g. Summer Institutes for students at dual universities) 


In the case of funding from e.g., the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes: Please clarify with the sponsors whether combinations with other scholarships are possible! 

It is worthwhile to google the respective destination country or embassy to see if they offer incomer scholarships, for example. 

This list will be extended as soon as further funding opportunities become known. 

Preparation and Commitment


Cannot see the trees for the information forest? The International Office offers an annual International Evening, usually at the end of November. Here you will find a wealth of information on options to study abroad. An invitation is sent out in time via MS Teams. 

In the MS Teams channel International Office, you can find the application documents, the credit application and sample credits as well as experience reports from former outgoings (rather Bachelor).  


Language courses 

The HSBA offers numerous language courses in the Bachelor’s Electives (WBÜ). HSBA students receive attractive discounts on language courses at our cooperation language school Colón

International Committee 

The HSBA International Committee is happy to provide support and organises various activities for incoming students at HSBA. These range from Christmas market strolls to harbour tours, climbing forest tours to barbecues on the Alster or international cooking evenings. Network with students from our partner universities and get valuable information. 

The Buddy Programme is a great start-up aid for international students at HSBA. You can give an exchange student a helping hand and make it easier for them to arrive in Hamburg and at HSBA. If you are interested, please contact the International Committee.


We are happy to help!

Esther Stracke, HSBA
Esther Stracke
Senior Manager International Office
+49 40 822160-947