Study or Coop? Choose the full experience and 'take the Combo'!

Studying abroad is exciting and can be challenging when it comes to the misaligned semester calenders. However, we at TU Hamburg are glad that we can provide a solution exclusively for UW-students: a Combo of Academic Study and Coop!

If you are interested in visiting us, we offer two options to UW-Students:

1. Academic Study + Coop Research Internship: 

You will visit the TUHH for 8 months (2 terms) to work on a research project within the Coop and you have the chance to visit your lectures for one Semester, write exams. The Coop-term will then be split in two parts - one part before regular classes are starting and one afterward. However, it can still be fully transferred to UW as a full Coop-term.

Of course, we encourage you to take 'the combo' to get more experiences and being a part of our university. While studying, you will get in contact with a lot of other students from all around the globe.

The figure below illustrates how the program fits into your UW-study plans. As you can see, your Coop will be split into two parts (of course in accordance with UW-COOP regulations). This allows you to take TUHH classes in between which you can then transfer to UW.

What classes are available?

You are free to take almost any class at TUHH which finds your interest. Obviously, there are classes which fit your UW curriculum better than others. You can find an overview of our classes which are taught in English in the overview of the currently offered international Master degree programs, which can be found here.

Coming soon: An exclusive list of classes which fit best with the UW-curriculum.

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2. Coop Research Internships:

You want to focus working in an international research environment? No problem,  you will be at the TUHH for about 4 months to work on a research project without visiting lectures and exams. When choosing this one you are free to chose which term do you want to come across. Spots are available via Waterlooworks.

Please keep in mind, that although we are offering several spots for Coop-research internships our capacity is limited. We are glad that we face a high interest from UW-student and we receive an annually increasing number of applications on our job postings. However, this made applications sometimes quite competive in recent years.

Take your chance and apply! We are looking forward getting to know you!

3. Academic Study:

Last but not least,  we -of course- offer the posibility to come to TUHH for regular academic studying! We have two lecture periods at TUHH:

  • Wintersemester: Lectures start ca. October 15 and end ca  January 3, followed by an exam period ending in March*
  • Summersemester: Lectures start ca April 1 and end ca  July 15, followed by an exam period ending in September*

* Note this long exam period is different from the short exam period at UW. Exam dates are annouced at the beginning of the semester. In case this does not fit your schedule, Option 1 'The Combo' is an attractive choice, as you can participate in the exams during the second part of your Coop-Term. No worries, this is well arranged with all stakeholders.

What your UW-predecessors say about their time at TU Hamburg

“My co-op term at TUHH was a great learning experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. My work involved conducting research in localization algorithms for micro underwater robots using ROS. My colleagues warmly welcomed me into the team and taught me about tools and methods with which I was unfamiliar. Aside from work, the campus was a fun and engaging place where I have made a ton of memories which I cherish to this day.””

- Ayush Ghosh, COOP 2019 @ Smartport Lab, TUHH

“While at TUHH I was able to do research for Airbus. I helped to design, build, and test a smart mobile device to improve efficiency of their production plants. With so many international students, TUHH provides a very welcoming environment for newcomers; at this university, there are always projects going on and new opportunities to learn"

- Felix Albert Lawson, COOP 2020 @ Institute of Aircraft Production Technologies, TUHH


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! We will be happy to help you!

Berit Illmann
TU Hamburg
International Office
Tel.: +49 40 42878-2270