You have questions about visas, residence permits and work permits before, during and after your studies? This brochure provides detailed answers and comprehensive information. (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Hamburg offers a broad variety of public and private universities – find out more.
The counselling centres of Hamburg’s universities help you with questions about the content of study programs, the application procedures or study orientation.
If you have decided to study in Hamburg, there are a number of topics you have to keep in mind when moving here.
If you do not have the nationality of an EU or EEA Member State or Switzerland, you need a valid residence permit for your stay in Germany for the purpose studying.
While studying, it is possible for students to obtain a residence permit for family members such as spouses.
In order to enrol at a German college or university and to obtain a residence permit, students must prove to have adequate health insurance.
It is not easy to find affordable, suitable accommodation in Hamburg in time for the start of semester. We advise you to start searching before being accepted at your university.
BAföG stands for the Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, which determines students' rights to support for their courses of education and training.
Nearly two thirds of all students work to finance their studies. Inform yourself about the regulations for foreign students.
Hamburg has 200 libraries, with a stock of around 19 million media units. The most important library is the “Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Carl von Ossietzky”.
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