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Study & Research Hamburg – a Metropolis of Knowledge

As a metropolis of knowledge, Hamburg is the academic home of more than 19 higher education institutions for around 96,300 students, of whom more than 10,700 students are from abroad. For researchers, there is a comprehensive range of internationally renowned research facilities.

Studying in Hamburg - Hamburg Welcome Portal

Whether social sciences, engineering, economics and law, or art, music and design: With more than 500 study programmes in Hamburg, everyone can find the right degree programme.

A special advantage of studying in Hamburg is that you do not have to pay study fees at a state university. You only pay a semester fee (300–350 Euro per semester). The semester fee includes a public transport ticket.After your graduation, you will have excellent prospects for the future. In Hamburg, a variety of well-known companies and start-ups have been established, where you can start your career after your studies. You can find an overview of employers in Hamburg at

If you are from a non-EU country and want to study in Germany, you need a visa for entry and a residence permit for your stay. Find out more about the requirements.

Hamburg Universities

The largest university is the University of Hamburg with the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (Medical Faculty). It offers over 170 study programmes. In addition, for example, the University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg with its Northern Institute of Technology enjoy international recognition. There are also a large number of other universities in private sponsorship.

A list of universities in Hamburg can be found at the Science Portal.

In almost all courses in Hamburg, the classes are in German. However, there are also courses in English. At the Science Portal you will find a list of courses in English.

Research in Hamburg

Hamburg offers a diverse and comprehensive range of research in sciences, as well as in the arts and cultural sciences. Among the institutions are internationally renowned institutes such as the German Electron Synchrotron DESY and the Max Planck Institute. In September 2017, the unique research facility European XFEL was put into operation in Hamburg. The European XFEL is a 3.4 km long X-ray laser, which is larger and more powerful than all comparable systems worldwide, thus opening up completely new research opportunities. Further information about the research facilities in Hamburg can be found on the website of the Metropolitan Region Hamburg.

There is a selection of funding programmes that will make your stay financially easier on  the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Well prepared for the study

In principle, if you have a foreign high school diploma, you can study at a German university. But in some cases, the foreign school diploma is not sufficient to be admitted directly to a German university.

At the Studienkolleg, you can prepare for an examination, which will enable you to study anywhere in Germany. The main course at the Studienkolleg corresponds to your desired study subject – for example medicine, technology or business. The course lasts 1 year.
Further information is available at the website of Studienkolleg.

Advice and support for a successful study

The Studierendenwerk is responsible for the support of students. There you will get plenty of offers and counseling on the topics of study, study finance and accommodation. In 24 student residencies, the student center offers international and German students a home. Further information is available at the website of Studierendenwerk.