The International Office TUHH is responsible for the admission of exchange students from partner universities. The application deadlines for admission are:
15 June for the winter semester and 15 December for the summer semester.
Once you have been officially nominated by your home university and you have successfully completed at least the first year of study then you fulfil the requirements to apply for admission to exchange studies at TUHH.
The application as an exchange student to TUHH is an online-application in our application portal Mobility-Online. It allows you to log-on and log-off during the active application period. Please, note that the application portal closes at the end of the application period. You will have to have all required downloads and uploads ready before that!
During the application process you will have to download and upload a number of documents from Mobility-Online:
- ECTS learning agreement form with the choice of courses to be taken at TUHH
- (form is available in Mobility-Online)
- Transcripts of records with details of previous and current work
- Language Certificate ( please see the attached requests)
- Motivation letter
- facial picture (500 x 500 px)
- TUHH exchange student application form (last down/upload)
Starting the Application Procedure:
- follow the link provided to you by email
- fill out and send the online-form
- go to your mailbox to read the confirmation email with the registration link to Mobility-Online
- follow the registration link and register as a user in Mobility-Online by choosing a user-name, login and password
- go to your mailbox to read the registration confirmation email with the link to login to Mobility-Online
- login to Mobility-Online and complete your personal data, download information sheets and forms and make all the required uploads (e.g. photo, motivation letter, completed learning agreement, transcript of records, German language certificate for A1, generated application form with signature from your home university, ...).
The application workflow shows the necessary steps, including all downloads and uploads. The steps are consecutive: they have to be done one after the other. The last upload, which is the printed application form with the signature from your home university that verifies your nomination, completes your application and notifies the TUHH International Office.
All uploads and data need to be completed by 15 June / 15 December. After that date no changes or uploads are possible anymore. Applications that are incomplete after June 15/December 15 will automatically be rejected.
After June15/December15 we will check all received applications. If your application has been approved by the TUHH Institutional coordinator and the Departmental Coordinators (i.e. Deputy Deans International), you will receive a letter of acceptance.
This process can take several weeks. We would therefore be grateful for your patience.
Do not forget to apply for a room separately at the accommodation office!
There is a specific deadline for the room application. Please, read the information on the accommodation office website carefully!
Schools of Study, Degree Courses, Departmental Coordinators
Schools of Study and Degree Courses
We have compiled an overview of all TUHH degree courses, listed by school of study with the respective Departmental Coordinators and the Departmental Assitants.
When you fill out the Onlineform in Mobility-Online, which is the first step of your exchange student application, you will have to match your degree course at your home university with a degree course at TUHH. Please, chose the TUHH degree course that is the closest to your home degree course. However, the bilateral agreement that your home university has with TUHH is very likely to be with a specific school of TUHH. If that is the case, make sure to chose a degree course of the partnering TUHH school of study.
Our partner university in Lille, France, the Institut Catholique d'Arts et Métiers - ICAM (LILLE16) has a bilateral agreement for Erasmus student exchange with TUHH (HAMBURG03). It is with TUHH's school of mechanical engineering. (There's another one with the school of civil engineering.)
So, if you were a student from ICAM and your degree course at home would be something with mechanical engineering, you would have to chose a TUHH degree course that belongs to the school of mechanical engineering (in orange). In that case: mechanical engineering.
Even if your degree at ICAM would be half engineering and half management, you should not make the mistake and chose international management and engineering, which belongs to the TUHH school of management sciences and technology (blue).
This is important because we need to make sure you are in contact with the correct departmenal coordinator and departmental assistant. There's one for each school.
Please, note that the school of general engineering science is merely an organisational unit for degree courses that are very interdisciplinary (in pink). For exchange purposes, in our database Mobility-Online we allocated these degree courses to the other schools. Hence, in Mobility-Online, energy and environmental engineering (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) students are with the school of process engineering and mechatronics (B.Sc.) students are with the school of mechanical engineering. As exchange students, please, do not chose general engineering science in the online application form - you will end up without a departmental coordinator!
Departmental Coordinators / Deputy Deans International by school
For more information, please click here.
Deadlines & Academic Calendar
The academic year is divided into 2 teaching periods : the winter semester and the summer semester.The examinations take place at the end of each teaching period. The actual teaching period varies from year to year. Generally speaking, the winter semester lectures begin in the third week of October and the summer semester lectures in the first week of April.
The winter semester examinations take place in February and March, and the summer semester examinations in July, August, and September. The university home page mentions the exact dates of the current and upcoming academic years and the tentative examination dates for the current, ongoing semester as well as the registration period for the exams. with an ensuing examination period: summer semester: Mid October till Mid/End of February winter semester: Beginning of April till Mid July. The exact dates of the each semester and the ensuing examination period vary slightly each year. Please, take a look at the exact dates for the upcoming semesters and the tentative examination period of the current semester.
Please note, that you can only study at TUHH, if your language proficiency is sufficient for your study purposes. Most of the bachelor courses are taught in German and bachelor students need to have a German level that will allow them to undertake an academic study.
All exchange students from partner universities must have sufficient language skills in the working language German (B1) and/or English (B2) (CEFR).
Certified tests such as TOEFL, TestDAF, IELTS etc. are accepted (online version is sufficient). Online grading tests with conclusive identification of the participants, e.g. Erasmus+ OLS- tests, will not be accepted. If you have no official test document, the proof must be in form of a confirmation / official certificate from a recognized language school in the home country or a language institute of the home university. A confirmation by the home exchange coordinator is also sufficient. Language and placement tests are not accepted.
Those exchange students, who at the home university are studying in an English speaking degree programme, can only be aquited of the duty to provide a language certificate, when they can provide proof that all courses at the home university are indeed read in English.
If a language certificate or proof cannot be provided during the online application, a document must be submitted instead stating that the applicant has registered for a language course and that the course is completed until the start of the study. (Submission deadlines: winter term 31 August, summer term 27. February).
Applicants wishing to complete a project or master thesis at TUHH should, in their own interest, have the required language skills in the working language. A language certificate is not required.
You can obtain German language skills online, for example: internet-based German courses on the German-DUO web portal (German-Uni Online) under the guidance of experienced tutors.
Course Catalogue and Learning Agreement
Course Catalogue and Learning Agreement
In order to complete the learning agreement you can select courses from all degree programs (Bachelor and Master) with the exception of the Joint Master program courses. Please, have a look at the module handbooks of the degree programs (sorted by degree program) to see an overview of all the modules and the classes/courses they consist of. A detailed description of the modules and their classes/courses can be found in the module descriptions (sorted by alphabet, not by degree program). Please note that some courses may have prerequisites.
Please note, that exams are always offered only for complete modules, i.e. one exam for all the classes/courses that belong to one module. Depending on wether you will stay for 1 semester only or for 2, please make sure to always select all the courses and classes belonging to one module. Pay attention: some modules strech over more than 1 semester!
We have created a compilation from our course catalogue database, for courses offered especially for exchange students. Please check the lists either for "summer semester 2018" or "winter semester 2018/2019". This helps you to find suitable modules.
Please, also note that the non-technical elective classes are listed separately. Most of them have limited places and a number of them have entry requirements (previous knowledge, necessity hand in a motivation letter, etc.) There is a detailed description of the non-technical electives and the 'business and management' courses (for all degree students) as well.
Students who intend to carry out a thesis work at TUHH should make all necessary arrangements with the TUHH supervisor prior to their arrival at TUHH!
Exams and Transcript of Records
Transcript of Records
You final document: Transcript of Records, which lists all your TUHH academic records, will be issued by the examination office once all examinations results have been collected. Sometimes this procedure cannot be closed upon your departure back to your home country but you can print your transcript of records later on by using the self- service function at the TUHH web page! Once all the exchange students of one certain semester have completed their exams, the examination office is also going to upload the Transcript of Records to Mobility-Online, where exchange students will be able to download it as well.
The TUHH examinations are carried out in the non-lecture period: In summer semester: mid- July until the end of September and in winter semester: mid January until the end of March. The examination registration for exchange students is carried out within two weeks in May and in December.
If you have to leave the TUHH earlier, you should contact the professor in time to find an individual regulation for the examination you want to take.
Entry and Residence Regulations
Students from the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA - Andora, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Norway), as well as Switzerland, need only an identity card (ID) to enter Germany. All foreign exchange students from non-EU countries should have a study visa obtained from the German Embassy in your home country!
Please contact the German Embassy in your home country for exact information on whether you also need to apply for an entry visa. The addresses of the Embassies and Consulates are listed on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office: www.auswaertiges-amt.de
Important and useful information concerning Entry and Residence Regulations for international students is also found on the webpage of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD
International exchange students from non-EU countries who have been admitted to the TUHH have to apply for a residence permit for study purposes (Aufenthaltsbewilligung) at the Aliens' Registration Office (Ausländerabteilung), no later than 3 months after their arrival in Hamburg.
Please check as well the special information brochure "Information for international students" issued by the city of Hamburg in cooperation with Hamburgs institutions of higher education.
All new international students and guest researchers in Hamburg there is an extra service offered by the Hamburg Welcome Centre! Please visit the websites for detailed information on visa, residences permit and work permits!
Enrollment and Re-registration
All students at TUHH must be enrolled in order to get the student status and semester documents. Exchange students´ enrollment takes place after their arrival at TUHH, during the orientation week, which is always in the last week of march + first week of April (summer term) or in the last week of September + first week of October. Please note the special orientation program flyer issued by the International Office to find the detailed dates and times.
In order to enroll, exchange students must fill out the registration forms and pay the semester fees. This fee includes a semester ticket for public transport in Hamburg and support from the student services. Once the semester fee has been transferred to the University account, students will ― within 10 days ― automatically receive their student ID, their public transport semester ticket, their password for their TUHH account, and their university email address.
Please keep in mind to bring with you following documents for the enrollment:
- a proof of your health insurance: European Health insurance Card if you are from a EU-member state or other proof of health insurance in Germany. Travel health insurances are not valid as student insurances)
- a valid passport
- The semester fee (currently 275,50 €) has to be paid by bank transfer to TUHH right after the enrolment/registration in order to complete your enrolment and to receive the semester ticket. You will need the matriculation number, which you will receive at the enrolment.
TUHH enrolment is only valid for one semester and all students who will stay for the second semester have to renew this enrolment (re-register) before the next semester starts. Deadlines for TUHH registration renewal are: September 15 for the winter semester and March 15 for the summer semester.
For more information please check: https://www.tuhh.de/alt/tuhh/education/students/organisational-details-about-your-studies/reregistration.html
All international students in Germany must be compulsorily insured (German Social Security Code V, Paragraph 1 Clause 9). Proof of health insurance is a necessary condition for enrolment at the TUHH.
-Students from EU member countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland should present their European health insurance card.
-Students from countries which have a social security agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany like Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia-Montenegro, and Croatia should present their proof of the national health company (e.g. A/T 11).
Should you not be covered by any of these, you have to arrange the relevant insurance with a German health insurance company (examples of statutory health insurance companies are AOK, BARMER, DAK, HEK, KKH, IKK,TK) You can make your application online before you enter Germany. The monthly fee for students up to the age of 30 is approx. EUR 75.
Please remember that the University cannot accept travel insurances as they do not usually cover the real costs in case of accident or illness.
TUHH German Language Courses
TUHH Intensive German language courses for exchange students prior to begin of each winter semester
There are special preparatory courses for exchange students at the beginning of each winter semester. ( there is no course at the beginning of summer semester!) They usually start in the mid of September and are free of charge for exchange students from partner institutions. These courses are to prepare the students to their situation as a newcomer at TUHH, in Hamburg and in Germany. The course can already be a part of your TUHH study program/learning agreement and counts for 4 ECTS. The online application for the course is necessary in order to get a place and is usually available from July/August at the TUHH homepage at:https://www.tuhh.de/alt/tuhh/education/students/language-program-in-cooperation-with-vhs/application-and-placement.html.
A proof of German language skills /level A1 as the admission requirement for exchange studies cannot be obtained by attending this intensive course!
Regular German Language Classes at TUHH
Exchange students have the possibility to visit regular courses "German as a foreign language" (DAF) offered for all international exchange students during each semester. The regular German language courses starts in April and October and they are free of charge for exchange students (except €20 for the books). Further information as well as online application is available in the current course catalogue: https://www.tuhh.de/alt/tuhh/education/students/language-program-in-cooperation-with-vhs.html
Orientation and intercultural programs for new international students
Orientation program: Meet and Greet
The International Office runs special Orientation Program for international students at the beginning of each semester. During the program our tutors will assist you with the whole registration process, helping you to fill in the forms and instruct you about the regulations concerning the usage of university facilities. In the tutorials sessions you will be intruduced to the universiry system and learn how to schedule your program time table. The cultural activities which rounds off the program- like campus rally, city tours and social events will give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and to join different social networks.
Intercultural semester program
The International Office intercultural programs: Welcome@TUHH and Artroom@TUHH have the goal of promoting intercultural exchange on TUHH campus. The programs offer many activities such as international evenings, excursions and workshops. These activities gives the TUHH international students the opportunity to get in touch with their fellow students, to get to know Hamburg and gain fluency in German and English. Throughout the academic year Welcome Tutors support international students in all questions about study organisation and social life on campus.
For detailed Information about the activities and ongoing offers please visit the Welcome Program website!
Do you have any further questions or issues to discuss? You can contact the Welcome Tutors directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erasmus Student Network/ ESN TUHH
The Erasmus Student Network: ESN is a voluntary student network which supports new international students by organizing semester activities: sightseeing tours, game nights, parties, and other events. Erasmus buddies working in this network can pick you up from the airport or the main station, and give you useful hints on how to deal with the day-to- day challenges of living and studying abroad.
You can as well get a special ESNcard with discounts on events and parties all over the Europe.
As soon as you know the exact date of your arrival in Hamburg, please contact the ESN buddies at: email@example.com
For more information, visit the ESN Hamburg website.
TUHH Account and Computing Facilities
All registered TUHH students need to set up the university account so that they can use the computers in the PC Pools. With the paing of the semester fees new students at TUHH are automatically granted their own account and an email address. The TUHH administration mostly communicates with you by using your TUHH account so that checking your account on regular basis ensures that you receive all important information regarding your studies.
New students receive their password and login string, as well as their other documents by postal mail.
For more information, as well as for the opening hours and location of the computer pools, please vitit the website of the TUHH computing center
Finishing your Exchange Stay atTUHH
Please go through the departure check list with important information at the end of your stay at TUHH!
Confirmation of TUHH exchange studies
Please visit the International Office duly to collect the necessary signatures at your departure documents. The blank departure document will be usually issued by your home institution.
Extension of exchange studies at TUHH: please ask about the special form at the International Office.
Make sure that you uploaded the changes to the original LA confirmed by the TUHH departmental coordinator in the mobility online system.
Transcript of Records: the Examinations office TUHH will prepare the document once all examinations results have been uploaded. You can print out the document using self-service functions at:https://www.service.tu-harburg.de/qissos/rds?state=user&type=0
In case of any technical problems or if you need help for reactivating your TUHH- password, please contact the TUHH user service center at: firstname.lastname@example.org
De-registration at the TUHH:
Please update your home address using self-service function in case you get mails from TUHH after your departure.https://www.service.tu-harburg.de/qissos/rds?state=user&type=0
If you need TUHH ex-matriculation certificate please contact Mrs Janzen duly at: email@example.com
De-registration of Residence:
If you are staying in a student hall it is mandatory to inform- in person- the property manager one month ahead of your leaving.
For deregistration of residence you have to get in touch with "Meldeamt/ Kundenzentrum responsible for your district.
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