Universities in Hamburg

University of Hamburg

The University of Hamburg plays a huge role in the development of Hamburg’s culture. This is just one of the many reasons that this university is immensely popular with incoming international students.

Another is its 170 degree programs. The subject that you choose can determine the type of degree that you will work toward. For example, courses in the Humanities will achieve a Bachelor of Arts, and Natural Science subjects will achieve a Bachelor of Science, along with two interdisciplinary law programs that will award achievements as well. In total, the University of Hamburg offers 67 Bachelor's programs, 88 Master's programs, 8 degree programs with examinations, and 11 graduate programs.

Approximately 43,000 students are enrolled, with 12% being international students. The university boasts eight faculties with 27 departments.

How to get to the University of Hamburg

  • Train/Tram: From the central train station, take the S21 and S31 to Dammtor-Bahnhof, and the campus is a three-minute walk.

  • Bus: Take Line 4, 5 or 109 toward the University, exiting at Dammtor.

  • By car: There is limited parking at this particular university, so it is best to take public transport.

HAW Hamburg

The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, also known as HAW Hamburg, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. It is home to four faculties (Engineering and Computer Science, Life Sciences and Business and Social Sciences, as well as Design, Media and Information), offering a variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in IT, engineering, life sciences, media and design, along with business and social sciences. They utilize applied methods, with students constantly involved in internships, projects and lab work.

Founded in 1970, it is the second largest higher education institution in Hamburg. It has approximately 16,300 students, with 2,200 international students.

How to get to HAW Hamburg

  • By public transport: Take S21 toward Bergedorf, and from there it is a 10-minute walk to the campus, taking only about 30 minutes in total.

  • By car: From the inner center, take the B5 toward Bergedorf. From the A1, take the A25 toward Bergedorf.

TUHH Hamburg

The Hamburg University of Technology is well-known throughout Germany and the rest of Europe for its international connections. It enrolls over 1,300 students, with over 20% of them international. Additionally, around 150 students each year utilize the student exchange program, with TUHH’s diverse network of higher education partners, representing over 50 different countries.

There are programs taught in English, making it easier for international students to experience education in German engineering. There are several interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree courses, along with 11 Master's degree courses.

How to get to TUHH

  • By public transport: Take S 3/S 31 to Harburg-Rathaus or Heimfeld.

  • By train: Pick a departure from the Hamburg-Harburg station.

  • By car: Take the A1, A7 or B75.

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Student Associations

AIESEC Hamburg

AIESEC is the largest international student organization, with its Hamburg chapter being one of the three largest in all of Germany. AIESEC Hamburg helps students find internships, as well as organize workshops, seminars and special projects. AIESEC also works with some of the most well-known companies in Hamburg.

IAESTE Hamburg

IAESTE Hamburg assists international students with their move to Hamburg, as well as puts together a calendar of trips and social activities throughout the academic year. They may host a BBQ in a local park, or set up a fun-filled kayaking afternoon. Additionally, they also organize trainee weekends, welcoming attendees from across the globe.

ESN Hamburg

ESN focuses on current international students, ensuring that they are able to acclimate to their new city. They also organize a variety of both academic and social activities. This can include trips to other places in Germany, as well as film nights, food festivals and parties.


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