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YOU@HCU Leisure- and Cultural Program

YOU@HCU offers a variety of different activities which promote a sense of community at the HCU, in order to improve the integration of international students through cultural and leisure activities.

Integration happens mostly through communication, information and mutual understanding. Therefore our goals are to:

  • Promote communication between international and German students, as well as to increase contact between them during and outside of the activities 
  • Convey knowledge about the culture and technology, social aspects, institutions and organisational structures, and the social and economic life in Germany
  • Develop intercultural competence, which students can develop by intercultural encounters

Tours Designed by Students for Students

Come explore the different faces of Hamburg: Find traces of its 1200-year past and see projections of its future hopes. Discover what makes the city proud and what it’s ashamed of and tries to hide. Our tours are conducted in English and are always free of charge, but for planning purposes, we do ask you to register online in advance.

Walking Tours

Winter Semester 2016/17

Date Name of the Tour Registration link
Saturday, November 12, 2016 Hamburg Downtown: The heart of the city tinyurl.com/Downtown2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016 Jarrestadt & Stadtpark: The legacy of Fritz Schumacher tinyurl.com/Jarrestadt2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016 City Nord & Steilshoop: The modernist city tinyurl.com/CityNord2016
Saturday, January 14, 2017 to be confirmed HafenCity Shore Tour: The new waterfront tinyurl.com/HafenCity2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017 to be confirmed St. Pauli & Harbor: The sailors' district tinyurl.com/StPauli2017

Please Note:

YOU@HCU events are photographed and filmed. The HCU may use these to provide information to students and staff or for public relations purposes. If you do not agree with the way we intend to use recordings in which you are recognizable, please let us know.

You@HCU Walking Tours

A Photographic History with Links to Albums on FaceBook

Since 2011, the International Office has been conducting walking tours throughout Hamburg as tool to bring international students together with German students in an outside-of-the-classroom recreational environment.
Date Tour
January 30, 2016 Hammerbrook - Rothenburgsort
January 16, 2016 Lüneburg Medieval Town
December 12, 2015 Town Hall & Christmas Markets
November 28, 2015 Old & New: Altstadt & Neustadt
November 14, 2015 HafenCity: New Horizons
October 31, 2015 Old Harbour in the West: from Work to Play
July 4, 2015 Hamburg and its Colonial History
June 20, 2015 Hanseatic City of Lübeck
June 6, 2015 Energy Hill Georgswerder
May 9, 2015 The Speicherstadt Warehouse District
April 25, 2015 Osdorfer Born vs. Blankenese
April 11, 2015 HafenCity: Urban Renewal and Waterfront Redevelopment
January 10, 2015 Kaltehöfe Industrial Heritage
December 13, 2014 City Hall and Christmas Markets
December 6, 2014 St. Georg and Eastern Suburbs
November 22, 2014 Neuengamme Concentration Camp
November 8, 2014 Altona and Ottensen
October 25, 2014 HafenCity Waterfront Redevelopment
July 5, 2014 Colonialism: How History Shapes Hamburg
June 7, 2014 Neuengamme: Concentration Camp Memorial
May 24, 2014 Kirchdorf Süd: Athens Charta Meets Urban Reality
April 26, 2014 Modern City: Jarrestadt and City Nord
April 5, 2014 HafenCity: Vision of the Future?
  • We offer transcultural and interdisciplinary events for ALL HCU-students (incl. doctoral students) with no regard to religious or political orientation
  • Our program is provided by students for students with students
  • The organisational team offers openness, kindness, multilingualism and support, and participating students are given the opportunity to learn about other cultures, their mentality and lifestyle
  • A focus on Hamburg: getting to know and enjoy the city
  • Most of our programs are either inexpensive or even free
  • Small group sizes and a warm and familiar atmosphere are guaranteed
  • Motivation to learn about new topics
  • No prerequisites or preliminary work required to participate
  • Participation in our courses leads to feeling as part of a group and to work as a team
  • The possibility to sign up and participate throughout the semester



Tell me, and I will forget it.
Show me,
and maybe I remember it.
Involve me, and I will understand.

(Lao Tsu (chin. 老子), ca. 604 - 531 v. Chr.)