Application Procedure for Exchange Students

Once you have been officially nominated by your home university and you have successfully completed at least the first year of study then you fulfil the requirements to apply for admission to exchange studies at TUHH.
The application as an exchange student to TUHH is an online-application in our application portal Mobility-Online. It allows you to log-on and log-off during the active application period. Please, note that the application portal closes at the end of the application period. You will have to have all required downloads and uploads ready before that!

During the application process you will have to download and upload a number of documents from Mobility-Online:

  • ECTS learning agreement form with the choice of courses to be taken at TUHH
    (form is available in Mobility-Online)
  • Transcripts of records with details of previous and current work
  •  Language Certificate (please see the attached requests)
  • Motivation letter
  • facial picture (500 x 500 px)
  • TUHH exchange student application form (last down/upload)

Starting the Application Procedure:


  1. follow the link provided to you by email
  2. fill out and send the online-form
  3. go to your mailbox to read the confirmation email with the registration link to Mobility-Online
  4. follow the registration link and register as a user in Mobility-Online by choosing a user-name, login and password
  5. go to your mailbox to read the registration confirmation email with the link to login to Mobility-Online
  6. login to Mobility-Online and complete your personal data, download information sheets and forms and make all the required uploads (e.g. photo, motivation letter, completed learning agreement, transcript of records,  language certificate , generated application form with signature from your home university, ...).
    The application workflow shows the necessary steps, including all downloads and uploads. The steps are consecutive: they have to be done one after the other. The last upload, which is the printed application form with the signature from your home university that verifies your nomination,  completes your application and notifies the TUHH International Office.

All uploads and data need to be completed by 15 June / 15 December. After that date no changes or uploads are possible anymore. Applications that are incomplete after June 15/December 15 will automatically be rejected.

After June15/December15 we will check all received applications. If your application has been approved by the TUHH Institutional coordinator and the Departmental Coordinators (i.e. Deputy Deans International), you will receive a letter of acceptance.
This process can take several weeks. We would therefore be grateful for your patience.

Do not forget to apply for a room separately at the accommodation office!
There is a specific deadline for the room application. Please, read the information on the accommodation office website carefully!

Creating your Learning Agreement: choosing courses suitable for exchange students

In order to complete your Learning Agreement you can select courses from all of TUHHs degree programs (Bachelor and Master) with the exception of 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 listet above!

The general compilation of courses course suitable for exchange students can be found in the lists:  courses for Winter Semester 2019/2020 + Summer Semester 2020.

The non-technical elective courses are listed separately. Most of them have limited places and some have special entry requirements and registration procedure. 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 wether you will stay for 1 semester or for 2, please make sure to always select all the courses belonging to one module. Pay attention: some modules strech 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 prior to their arrival at TUHH!

Deadlines & Academic Calendar

Winter semester exchange student application deadline: 15. June
Summer semester exchange student application deadline: 15. December

winter semester: 01 October 2019– 31 March 2020
lectures: 14 October 2019 - 01 February 2020
tentative start of exams: 01  February 2020

summer semester: 01 April 2020 – 30 September 2020

lectures: 02 April – 15 July 2020
tentative start of exams: 15 July 2020

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.

Language Requirements

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 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. Language and placement tests are not accepted.
Those exchange students, who at the home university are studying in an English speaking degree programme, can only be aquitted of the duty to provide a language certificate, when they can provide proof that all courses at the home university are indeed read 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. (Submission deadlines: winter term 31 August, summer term 27. February).

Applicants wishing to complete a project or master thesis at TUHH should, in their own interest, have the required language skills in the working language. A language certificate is not required.

You can obtain German language skills online, for example: internet-based German courses on the German-DUO web portal (German-Uni Online) under the guidance of experienced tutors.

Deputy Deans International (Dep. Coordinators) & Schools of Study

TUHH is organised in schools of study. There is one Deputy Dean International (with an assistant) for each school of study at TUHH, who have 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.

Entry and Residence Regulations

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 foreign exchange students from non-EU countries should ontain a study visa from the German Embassy in their home country!

Please contact the German Embassy in your home country for exact information on whether you also need to apply for an entry visa. The addresses of the Embassies and Consulates are listed on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office. Important and useful information concerning Entry and Residence Regulations for international students is provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

International exchange students from non-EU countries who have been admitted to the TUHH have to apply for a residence permit for study purposes (Aufenthaltsbewilligung) at the Aliens' Registration Office (Ausländerabteilung), no later than 3 months after their arrival in Hamburg.

Please check as well the special information brochure "Information for international students" issued by the city of Hamburg in cooperation with Hamburgs institutions of higher education.

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.

Health Insurance

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 the TUHH.
-Students from EU member countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland should present their European health insurance card.
-Students from countries which 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 90.