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Application for a Bachelor degree with a non-German higher education entrance qualification

You want to apply as a first semester student for a study place at the HafenCity University Hamburg and you acquired your higher education entrance qualification abroad?

If so, than we will explain here step by step how to apply at the HafenCity University.



Before you start with the application, please inform yourself carefully about the degree programme you want to study. More information you will find here.

You will find under the menue item "application dates"information about the application period and deadline.


If you want to apply for the bachelor programme Architecture, Civil Engineering, Metropolitan Culture or Urban Planning you have to register for an account on Hochschulstart. You will need to enter your personal data, such as your name, date of birth, place of birth, and nationality along with your contact data, such as your mailing address and telephone number(s). You will be able to select your own username and password. Once your registration has been confirmed and you have activated your account, you will receive a unique Applicant ID and eventually an Applicant Authorization Number (BAN). You will need both your Applicant ID and your BAN in order to apply for undergraduate courses at the HCU.

Further information you will find here.


Once you know what you want to study than you have to reviewed your higher education entrance qualification by uni-assist.

You will find here more information about the application via uni-assist.


All applicants with a Non-German higher education entrance qualification have to prove sufficient German language skills in the course of the application process. Please make sure that you prepare in good time for requisite German language exams.

Please submit the proof of German language skills with your application within the application procedure. If you are able to prove that you are currently attending an appropriate language course or that the exam has already been taken and the results are still pending within the application periode then the proof of German language skills can be subsequently submitted to the enrolment (first part of August).

Please create your application account via the ahoi application portal of the Hafen City Univeristy within the application period. Afterwards enter your data and submit the application electronically. After that please print your online application.


After you have send your online application electronically, please submit the following documents to HafenCity University Hamburg until the application deadline:

  • signed copy of your online application
  • a simple copy of your higher education entrance qualification
  • a simple copy of your German language certificate, if not available a registration to a language course or language test


contact adress:

HafenCity University


students administration office

Überseeallee 16

20457 Hamburg



You will inform by email about the result of your application. Your admission letter will be available in your ahoi-account under the menu item "Documents". If your degree programme take part in DoSV the rejection letter will be available in your account on hochschulstart.de at the end of Coordination Phase 2.


In the case of an admission you will find the enrollment application and the notification of semester tuition in your ahoi account under the menue item "documents". You will find the deadline to accept the study place on your admission letter. More information about the admission and enrollment you will find here.


Please make sure that your access data are available.




Please save the admission or rejection letter on your private computer. Your application account will be deleted after the ending of the application procedure. The admission letter wouldn't be available any longer and can't be recreated. In some cases the admission letter will be required from different authorities (for example: family benefits department).





further information


You can apply only as a first semester student if you haven't got a study place in this degree programme yet.

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