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2. Admission requirements

The most important requirement for admission to a bachelor degree programme is a higher education entrance qualification (Abitur). The following certificates will qualify you for a course of study:

  • a higher education entrance qualification (e.g. A-levels),
  • advanced technical college certificate
  • subject-restricted higher education entrance qualification (Graduates from vocational schools have to submit an equivalency statement of the school information centre as well as certified proof of the academic part and practical part of their education (usually a 12-month training or placement period))

If you don't have a higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) a proof of another higher education entrance qualification also entitles you to study. More information you will find below.

In compliance with article 10 of the General Admission Regulation (AZO), applicants for Bachelor programmes have to prove their compulsory participation in an online testing procedure provided by HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) before submitting their application. This self-test is an admission requirement and is supposed to provide guidance in making the right decision for the Bachelor degree programme of interest and shall help prevent a possible withdrawal from the studies. HCU offers this self-test procedure as part of the online study orientation for the available Bachelor degree programmes.

 

 

2. Other higher education entrance qualifications

University entry qualification following successful advanced studies exam (§ 37 HmbHG)

The latest amendment to the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) permits working men and women who pass an appropriate advanced studies exam related to their vocational training to submit this exam as a general higher education entry qualification (HZB) and apply to first academic degree programmes.

The following advanced studies exams are recognized for admission to a first academic degree programme in accordance with § 37 (1) of the HmbHG:

  • Meister (master craftsmen and women in accordance with the regulations for their specific craft)
  • Business administrators or people with equivalent advanced studies certificates (in accordance with §§ 53, 54 of the Vocational Training Act or §§ 42, 42a of the Crafts regulations providing that previous coursework comprises a minimum of 400 instruction hours)

Please note that you have to participate in a subject consulation before you start studying. Please make an appointment with the responsible subject adviser.

If you have participated at the counselling interview you will get a confirmation of the subject adviser for the counselling interview.

If you want to take part in the selection process than you have to apply online via the ahoi application portal within the application period.

It is sufficient for a in due form application to fill the online application and "submit" it electronically within the application period. In case of an admission it is neccessary to submit the proof of the counselling interview.

 

 

 

Special admission for people who are working (§ 38 HmbHG)

In accordance with § 38 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz–HmbHG), working people who do not have an higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) may apply for admission to HafenCity University by taking an aptitude test.

  • completed vocational training
  • three years work experience after completion of vocational training; two years professional activity is sufficient in established exception (Parenting, care activities, military service or voluntary service can be recognized up to two years as the period of work experience)
  • proof that you took part at an academic subject advising

Please note that you have to participate in a subject consulation before you start studying. Please make an appointment with the responsible subject adviser.

Submitting documents for the counselling interview:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation which shows the professional career and vocational experiences and an explanation why you choose this degree programme;
  • a copy of your certificates and other documents which prove the professional career.

If you have participated at the counselling interview you will get a confirmation of the subject adviser for the counselling interview.

The aptitude test is held once a year. The application period is from the 1st Februay till the 1st March.

Please submit the following documents for the admission to an aptitude test:

  • completed and signed entrance exam application form;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • certified copy of your certificates and other documents which prove the professional career;
  • proof study counselling;
  • if necessary an application for allowence of the professional career because of parenting, care activities, military service or voluntary service (certified copies of the documents);
  • an explanation if the applicant doesn't have a higher education entrance qualification;
  • an explanation if the applicant doesn't take a aptitude test at another Univeristy.

Please send these to the following address:

HafenCity University

student administration

Überseeallee 16

20457 Hamburg

 

If you want to take part in the selection process than you have to apply online via the ahoi application portal within the application period.

It is sufficient for a in due form application to fill the online application and "submit" it electronically within the application period.

 

 

 

further information

non-German higher education entrance qualification

If you acquired your higher education entrance qualification not in Germany, than please read the information on the website for "international applicants". There we explain step by step how to apply successful at the HCU.