International Students and Research Guests: Welcome at TUHH!

Getting support and advise

Department International Affairs/Unit Incoming and Integration/ supports international students and researchers with advisory and consultation services. Please check our offers below:

Consultation hours and contacts

We can  provide you with the necessary information after arrival in Hamburg, assist you with formalities and help you find a place to live.

Our Team is available for you:

Monday 10:00 - 12:30 and Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 in person

and on zoom by appointment!


Questions about admission requirements?

Prospective students applying for TUH regular degree studies please check:

Web Information Portal

Contact for admission requirements: Department Admission & Registration

Contact for questions about study choice: Student Counselling Center

Exchange studies at TUH
Guest Research stay
Accommodation Office

Accommodation Office: Help and advice on finding housing in Hamburg

Formalities: residence and work permit

Applying for your residence permit in Germany

You must apply for a residence permit at the local Immigration Office within the period for which your national visa is valid :

at the Aliens Registration Office , the Welcome Center Hamburg  or one of the District Immigration Authorities directly!

  • Please check on the Checklist od the Aliens Registration office which documents are required for the application
  • When you apply for the first time you will be charged a processing fee of up to 110€. Extending your residence permit costs upwards to 80€.
  • To obtain your permit, you must show up in person at the Alien´s Registration Office. 
  • You can use the Online Tool for arranging of the residence permit for registering and the documents upload.

Please note that the processing time for the extension of your residence permit applications is currently longer then usual at the Aliens Registrations Office! It is necessary to make your arrangements in a good time! 

Scholarships and fundings


1. Financial Aid for Finalising the degree (sponsorig body DAAD)

Who can apply:
International Students of TUHH who are in need of financial help and
- received their university entrance qualification abroad
- are about to finish their studies and graduate at TUHH within 12 month
- with good academic records!

Master degree students can  apply for financial aid only for the last semester of their studies.

Scope and form of the Financial Aid:
The aid will be granted for a maximum period of 6 months.
Income through students jobs, financial support from family or spouses and other non-monetary prerequisits (e.g. rent-free accommodation) will be deducted from the full scholarship amount.

Application period:  1. February - 21. March 2024

Contact for questions: Eva Turos; E-mail:



Call for applications (EN)
Stipendienausschreibung (DE)
Application form (EN)
Antragsformular (DE)
Recommendation letter (EN)
Recommendation letter (DE)

Signed application papers including all attachments should be send  via E-Mail to:


2. Merit scholarships for international students financed from sources of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

The International Office of the TUHH is calling for applications for scholarships for good academic performance by international students who have already finished at least one semester.

Call for applications (EN)
Stipendienausschreibung (DE)
Application form (EN)
Antragsformular (DE)

Please send your signed application with all attachments only via E-Mail to:


Application period: 15.May - 30. June.2024


Should you have any further questions, please contact:



German language skills

Please refer to the page:

Developing German language skills

We support student´s outstanding academic and social achivements

We are colaborating closely with  the German Academic Exchange Service Organisation (DAAD) with the aim to support international student´s exchange and study conditions in Germany.

DAAD Prize, which honouring international students demonstrating exceptional social and intercultural commitment as well as exceptional academic prowess, has been announced at TUHH for more than ten years!

More information on nomination criteria here

Past winners at TUHH of the last ten years are pictured below:


2011- Aisharya Brahma            2012 - Alain Roland Tazo   


 2013 - Sam Gachkar              2014 - Vanessa Romero Bonilla


2015 - Moses Ogun Kolade      2016 - Deepak Prakash


2017- Raquel Gonzalez Gomez    2018 - Paramesh Ponnappadas Santhini


2019 - Bruna Ribeiro Mello Alves         2020 - Sribaleji Setlur

2021 - Matthew Shidner

2022 - Oleksandra Raibova

2023 - Teresa Algarra

Ask the tutor: Mentoring and peer-to peer programs

There are many  student organisations and special mentoring programmes on- and off campus, which can pair you up with tutor or personal mentor.  These are experienced students who can accompany you to the registration offices, help solve everyday problems and answer study-related questions etc.  Just check following organisations:

  • Welcome Tutors and Study-Buddy Tutors of the International Office. The Tutors Team, experienced with both studying at the TUHH and living in Hamburg, will help you to sort out questions about study organisation and help you to integrate into the campus community!
    You have questions about study organisation und want to dfiscuss issues in a casual atmosphere?  Check here for time and link.
  • Buddy System by ESN Hamburg prvides international students with an opportunity to connect with local TUHH students. Would you like to join the Buddy System? Just go to the  Buddy-System webseite and sign up! For more information just contact: hamburg(at)esn-germany(dot)de
  • Starting Tutors of the ZSB-Student Counseling Center of the tutorial program StartING@TUHH help first-year students to get off to a good academic start!
  • Compass Tutors in the residence halls will support you in the orientation in the student hall life!  Just contact them at: compass(at)wohnheime.studierendenwerk-hamburg(dot)de
  • Student Union at TUHH (ASTA) are elected by students and offer help and advise to look for job or an legal advise. They organise athletic and cultural activities on campus!
  • Departmental committees (Fachschaften) at TUHH help you with specific questions concerning your study subject, examination regulations and other study-related questions. Each department has it´s own commitee: just check here
Integration offers by the City of Hamburg

Newcomers reception at the city hall

The Hamburg- City- Hall organises- every year in January- a traditional reception for newcomers and invites all international students new to Hamburg! Joining the event is a great opportunity to get to know the senator Katharina Fegebank personally, to catch up with fellow international students from Hamburgs universities and to exchange views and experiences.

The Newcomers Program of the Hamburg Welcome Center

The Hamburg Welcome Center is designed to help new citizens abroad and offers a special program with guided tours through the city. The participation is free of charge.
Would you like to join? For detailed information and registration please contact: newcomers(at)

Celebrating Christmas with a Hamburg host family

You do not have any plans for Christmas yet and would like to confront the German Christmas tradition and make new contacts? The special program of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg can make it real and give you the possibility to spend Christmas with a Hamburg host family.
Interested? Just get registered by writing an Email to: weihnachtsgast(at)

External counselling services and supporting offers

There are many additional mentoring programms and advisory services by the city of Hamburg or other organisations - like the Studierendenwerk - which offer special services for newcomers.
Just ask us if you need more information or contact arrangements.

Social counselling

Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI (Studierendenwerk Hamburg

The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI at the Studierendenwerk Hamburg assists you in resolving social, personal and economic issues that arise in connection with your studies.

Diakonie Hamburg


Legal advice

Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg (consumer protection agency)
The consumer protection agency Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg can advise you on many topics, such as broadcasting fees, insurance policies, and mobile phone contracts. See the Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg’s multilingual brochures for an overview of topics.

ÖRA (public legal advice)
Legal consultation is available in all areas of the law. Anyone with a low income and who lives or works in Hamburg can get legal advice.

Mieter helfen Mietern (advocacy organization for renters)
This organization helps tenants who have problems with the rental contracts or landlords. Based on the supporting documents you provide, lawyers will answer your questions, clarify your rights, and help you formulate letters.

Women’s advising services
The women’s advising service supports women in matters related to marriage/partnership, family, separation, divorce, single motherhood, violence, and workplace conflicts.

Bucerius Law Clinic

The Law Clinic is a cooperation of Bucerius Law School and Diakonie Hamburg. Law students who wish to use their skills and knowledge offer free legal advice for people in need of legal counselling. The focus of the advisory activity is on social justice, immigration law, family law and labor law.





Please check the list of external services here.

Orientation and Networking Programs

Our programs Welcome@TUHH and ArtRoom@TUHH with welcome events, workshops and networking activities will help you to get orientation for your studies, to develop skills and make friends on campus. Please check our offers below!

Welcome weeks for new students at TUHH

To learn more about the welcome weeks at TUHH, click here.

Ongoing Activities Program

For Ongoing Activities Program: check here