Get nominated by the International Office of your home university and read the Application Procedure for Exchange Students
Your home university nominates you by sending the nomination form to Ms. Jäger.
The nomination deadlines are 15.04 for winter semester stays and 15.10 for summer semester stays.
The TUHH international office will send you the exchange application link by Email.
The exchange student application phase for winter semester stays is from 16.05 to 15.06 and for summer semester stays from 16.11 to 15.12.
To start your online exchange application, you need to follow the link you received from us by Email. It directs you to an online form, which is the first part of your exchange application.
Fill out this online form and click ‘send’ at the bottom. This will create an application for exchange studies in our database Mobility-Online. NOTE: This application is still incomplete!
Mobility-Online will send you a confirmation email and asks you to create a user account in Mobility-Online.
Follow the link in this Email to register as a user in Mobility-Online. You need to choose a user name, login and password. This will enable you to view and complete your still unfinished exchange student application.
Your entire exchange stay at TUHH will be managed through Mobility-Online. You’ll need to get back to your application/mobility workflow in Mobility-Online before, during, and after your stay at TUHH.
Complete your exchange application. The steps in the workflow are consecutive: they have to be filled out one after the other, and they are all obligatory. Download information and forms from the workflow and upload filled out and signed forms to your exchange application workflow.
Note to ERASMUS students: We are about to switch to the OLA (Online Learning Agreement). For now, we are still using the PDF-paper-based Learning Agreement form.
Documents to down- and upload:
a. Learning agreement form
b. Transcript of records with previous and current work
c. Language Certificate
d. Motivation letter
e. Facial picture
f. TUHH exchange application form
The last step in your application is the upload of a scan of the exchange application form. Your home university needs to sign this.
This last upload completes your exchange application and notifies the TUHH International Office.
To complete your Learning Agreement you can select courses from all of TUHHs degree programs (Bachelor and Master), except for the Joint Master program courses.
Please check specific information and selection of the courses suitable for exchange students in the Study Packages assigned to each school of study listed.
Check out the list here
The non-technical elective courses are listed separately. Most of them have limited places and some have special entry requirements and registration procedures. There is a detailed description of the non-technical electives (Bachelor and Master) and the business and management courses (for all degree students) as well.
Please also have a look into the module handbooks of the degree programs (sorted by degree program) to see an overview of all the modules and the courses they consist of. There are also detailed module descriptions (sorted by alphabet, not by degree program). Some module courses may have prerequisites.
Please note, that exams are offered only for complete modules, i.e. one exam for all the courses that belong to one module. Depending on whether you will stay for 1 or 2 semester, please make sure to always select all the courses belonging to one module. Pay attention: some modules stretch over more than 1 semester!
Students who intend to carry out a thesis work at TUHH should make all necessary arrangements with the TUHH supervisor before they arrive at TUHH!
Winter semester exchange student application deadline: 15. June
Summer semester exchange student application deadline: 15. December
summer semester: 1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021
lectures: 1 April 2021 – 14 July 2021
start of exams: tentatively 15 July 2021
winter semester: 01 October 2021 – 31 March 2022
lectures: 11 October 2022 - 29 January 2022
tentative start of exams: 01 February 2022
Please, take a look at the exact dates for the upcoming semesters and the tentative examination period of the current semester.
The TUHH examinations are carried out in the non-lecture period. Summer semester: mid- July until the end of September, 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.
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 a 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.
Those exchange students, who are studying in an English speaking degree programme can only be acquitted of the duty to provide a language certificate when they can provide proof that all courses at the home university are 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.
Applicants wishing to complete a project or master thesis at TUHH should have the required language skills in the working language. A language certificate is not required.
TUHH is organised in schools of study. There is one Deputy Dean International (with an assistant) for each school of study at TUHH, who has the role of a departmental coordinator for exchange studies. For academic questions and issues with your learning agreement, please turn to your Deputy Dean International and his or her assistant.
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 international exchange students from non-EU countries who have a residence permit for the purpose of studying in another EU member state and want to pursue part of the studies in Germany, may stay and study here without a German residence title for up to 360 days.
If you want to stay longer -your host educational institution should notify the National Contact Point at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). This must be done as soon as the host educational institution knows about your intention to study in Germany. If accepted, the Federal Office will issue a certificate for short-term EU mobility for the purpose of studying in Germany. With this certificate, you may enter Germany at any time during the validity of your residence title. If the Federal Office does not deny your application or does not send the certificate within 30 days, you may enter and stay in Germany without this document.
More information and further requierements can be checked at the webpages of the Aliens' Registration Office !
You can use as well the special services of Hamburg Welcome Center for arranging your residence permit and city registration as well as guidance for your new start in Hamburg.
Blocked account for international students
If you are an international student from a non-EU or non-EEA country, you must prove you have the financial resources to cover your living expenses in Germany.
The German blocked bank account (Sperrkonto) is designed to serve international students and job-seekers as proof of financial resources for living in Germany for a year and is a requirement when applying for a German student visa or a student residence permit. Even though there are other ways of confirming the financial standing, the blocked account is the most common among international students.
By transferring a certain amount of money to the blocked account, a person willing to reside in Germany, testifies that he/she can handle living and other expenses during that time.
The amount of money, that has to be transferred to the account, varies from year to year. Please check out the current updates here:
How to open a blocked account can be found here.
Please be aware that not all accounts are equally accepted by all authorities.
The list of the officially approved companies can be found on the webpage of the German Federal Foreign Office:
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 TUHH.
-Students from EU member countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland should present their European health insurance card.
-Students from countries that 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 110.
Please note, private health insurance is not accepted by the university. In case of sickness or an accident, it won't cover all the costs.
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. The special orientation program flyer , issued each semester by the International Office, lists 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:
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 this page.
All registered TUHH students need to set up the university account so that they can use the computers in the PC Pools. With the paying 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
The changes of your original Learning Agreement can be made online on Mobility Online. Read the instruction here
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. The appropriate registration link will be send to you on time by the International Office.
A proof of German language skills /level B1, as the admission requirement for TUHH exchange studies, cannot be obtained by attending this intensive course!
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/learn-a-language-at-tuhh/language-program-in-cooperation-with-vhs.html
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 t
he 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.
The intercultural events and activities have the goal of promoting exchange and communication on TUHH campus and offer many activities such as international evenings, excursions and workshops. By atending them you will have the opportunity to get in touch with the 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
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
Your 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.
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.
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.
If you need TUHH ex-matriculation certificate please contact 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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