Prospective Degree Program Students

Enrolled TUHH students: support during your studies

Are you an international student currently enrolled at TUHH for a bachelor-or a master degree or an exchange program? You can turn to the International Office if you need assistance with initial orientation at the beginning of your stay in Hamburg and at TUHH, general counselling in the case of social problems and decision making, financial support, scholarships and social and networking activities.

Hamburg Student Covid-19 Aid Fund

An emergency fund has been set up, by the Studierendenwerk, for students in financial distress caused by Covid-19 situation.

Further information and applications can be found on the homepage of the Studierendenwerk at www.studierendenwerk-hamburg.de

Students at Hamburg universities who are in a proven financial emergency due to the Corona pandemic should be able to receive an interest-free loan of 400 euros per month. German and international students from public and private universities are eligible to apply. The aid fund is administered by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg Information on the necessary documents for application (details are subject to change; with the upload of the application form in the course of the week after Easter (week 16) all information is finally available!) For preparation you can already create PDF or JPEG files (easy to read, files not too large, i.e. max. 1 MB per attached single file) of the following documents. Please take this into account:

1. Valid identity card / passport (front and back)

2. Current certificate of matriculation from my university

3. Proof of termination of the employment contract by the employer(s) or suspension of the employment relationship and/or self-declaration of cessation of self-employment (written on the laptop/PC Client, type and scope of the activity, Which orders have been cancelled and to what extent? With date and personal signature)

4. Documentation of the financial emergency situation on the basis of the current account balance and account movements (receipts/expenditure on the account statement(s)) of all accounts of the last 6 weeks or 45 days (sorted chronologically by date)

5. Only students from non-EU countries: Residence permit

6. For information concerning further covid-emergency funds please contact the social couselling of Studierendewerk at: https://www.studierendenwerk-hamburg.de/studierendenwerk/en/sozialberatung/BeSI/

Funding & Scholarships for International Students

International students can apply for a scholarship from numerous organisations such as DAAD, politically-affiliated foundations, religious institutions and business-related organisations. You should find out whether you are eligible for scholarships and financial aid from organisations in your home country. With the DAAD Scholarship Database, it´s easy to research various types of scholarships online. Please note, that the applications for some scholarships are only possible from your home country, prior to your study start in Germany! 
Please check out the links below as well:


Grants and scholarships available at TUHH:

Financial Aid for Finalising your Degree

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

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

Sponsoring body: DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

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 & Information:
Offline & paperbased. The official application form is available during the ongoing application phase. Printouts will be available at the International Office (Ms Janzen) and the general info desk (Infothek)

Application period: End of February, call with specific dates will be published here

Check also out: https://www.tuhh.de/alt/tuhh/education/students/organisational-details-about-your-studies/financing-your-studies/scholarships/scholarships-for-international-students.html

Assistance for financial crisis

Who can apply: International TUHH students in financial distress. Proof for the financial distress is required.

Sponsoring body: Studierendenwerk Hamburg, Diakonisches Werk Hamburg

Scope and form of the Financial Aid: lump-sum payment

Application & Information:
Beratungszentrum Studienfinanzierung
Grindelallee 9; Raum 605
Tel : 42815 5144;-5145
E-Mail : bafoeg@studierendenwerk-hamburg.de

Diakonisches Werk HH
Königstraße 54; Zi 338
22767 Hamburg
Tel.: 30 620 0382
E-Mail: notfonds@diakonie-hamburg.de
Frau Bröker; Di 10 -15 Uhr

Zentrale Studienberatung  TUHH/ Infothek
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3; Raum 0022

Application period: all year long

merit grant / achievement allowance

Who can apply: TUHH students with good and outstanding academic performance

Sponsoring body: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Scope and Form of the Financial Aid: Financial aid for up to 12 months

Application & Information:
Offline & paperbased. The official application form is available during the ongoing application phase. The next announcement is from July 1st until July 21st 2020.

You can download the application forms on our homepage: https://www.tuhh.de/alt/tuhh/education/students/organisational-details-about-your-studies/financing-your-studies/scholarships/scholarships-for-international-students.html

Application period: April, call with specific dates will be published here

Please, turn to the TUHH International Office as well as the Student Counseling Center should you have questions concerning the financing of your studies or financial problems.

Learning German

1.TUHH German Language Courses

The TUHH offers various German language courses. More detailled information can be found at the TUHH website.

2. Literature and Culture (Brückenkurs Literatur und Kultur)

This course invites the participants to explore cultural aspects through literature. Culture knows no boundaries, for that reason exhibitions, stage performances, films etc. might be also part of the schedule. The course is offered in German. Very good German language skills are required.

Detailled information can be found here.

3. Language Coaching

Uta Bories - a long-term experienced German teacher - provides advice on all questions concerning the improvement and certification of German language skills (e.g. courses inside and outside of TUHH, how to optimize your language learning).

Please contact graduiertenakademie(at)tuhh.de to make an appointment.

4. Workshops offered by the TUHH Career Center

The TUHH Career Center offers several workshops if you want to apply for a job in Germany.
Lebenslauf (DaF) + Fotoshooting
Bewerbungen schreiben (DaF) + Fotoshooting
Vorstellungsgespräche (DaF) + Fotoshooting

These workshops are tailored for international students. German language proficiency on at least B1 is required.

Please find further information at the TUHH Career Center website.

5. Workshop: Starting your Career in Germany! (Erfolgreich in den Beruf starten!)

In this workshop you will practise attending job interviews in German language, as well as writing CV´s and cover letters for a job. You will also learn how to ensure a smooth start into your new job, how to communicate and to avoid intercultural misunderstandings. Further information will be announced in due time. 

Orientation and Networking Programs

Our intercultural programs Welcome@TUHH and ArtRoom@TUHH are developed to offer you assistance at the beginning of your studies at TUHH. They also accompany you through your whole degree program and help you to integrate into the campus community more easily. A further goal of the programs is to help you to develop skills which will make you stay at TUHH more successful!

The program is supported by international and german student tutors who are very well acquainted with both studying at the TUHH and living in Hamburg. They help you to sort out questions about study organization, accompany you to orientation and cultural activities and offer you a chance of joining a study group.

Find out more by visiting the program´s webpages at: Welcome@TUHH and ArtRoom@TUHH.

Developing personal and intercultural skills

Various service units at TUHH and schools of study are working together to offer advice and services for international students at TUHH (International Office, Career Service, Student Counseling Center, STUDIS, specific units in the schools of study). The programs and projects offered have the goal to help you to develop skills which can be useful for the successful accomplishment of your studies. Please make use of these offers and make the best of your stay at TUHH.

StudyBuddy@TUHH

Have you recently started as a bachelor freshman at TUHH and are studying a bachelor program in German language? If so, you might be interested in our StudyBuddy@TUHH program! Senior students will help you to survive the examination period, in case you plan to take one of the following exams: Mathematik 1, Mechanik 1, Chemie, Elektrotechnik. Study groups (2 hours a week) will meet from mid January until the examination. The tutors will suport you not only in academic matters but also give you advice how to learn effectively, how to organize one´s time or how to deal with stress. Further information can be found at our Welcome@TUHH website.

Language Café@TUHH

The idea is quite simple: Native speakers will chat with you in a nice atmosphere. You can brush up your foreign languages, make new friends and find out more about other cultures. More detailled information can be found here.

>>Download_Intercultural Program for Students (pdf)


Important information concerning visa and residence permit before, during and after your studies in BRD can be found in the information brochure for international students.

 Information on residence right for foreign university graduates can be found in the Brochure of the Ministry of the Interior. You can as well visit the Special- Info- Event (taking place every year, in German language) about "Residence right for employment for successful university graduates".