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Application and admission for a Bachelor's programme at HSBA


How do I apply for a Bachelor's degree at HSBA?

Application Process & Admission Requirements

Everything you need to know about applying for a Bachelor's degree at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

The application process at HSBA consists of several steps: Find out more about our partner companies at the beginning of the application process at our available study options section and then apply directly there. After a selection process in the company, the admission requirements are checked at HSBA. Afterwards, you will be matriculated and can start your studies.

Step 1: Get Information

Co-operative study programme, undergraduate courses & admission requirements

Dual study programme

What is a "dual" study programme and what are its advantages?

The dual study programme combines a demanding degree programme with practical work experience, i.e. theory and practice overlap. After a dual study programme, you have an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree and professional experience. This means you are optimally prepared for your professional life and have excellent career opportunities.

At HSBA, the dual (co-operative) Bachelor's programme comprises six semesters. Each semester consists of a theoretical phase at our university and a practical phase in a company. You can find detailed information about the German "dual system" and the course of study here.

Bachelor's Study Programmes at HSBA

Which co-operative Bachelor's degree programmes can I study at HSBA?

At HSBA you can choose between four co-operative Bachelor's degree programmes. Find out which programme suits you best:

Feel free to attend one of HSBA’s Information events.

All counselling services and information dates

Admission Requirements

What are the admission requirements to study at HSBA?

In order to be able to study at HSBA, you need a higher education entrance qualification - for example the Abitur. In addition, you need good grades in Mathematics and English (the equivalent to a 10 point average from two senior-grade school reports or a 9 point average in advanced courses from a school using the German education system). The German-language degree programmes Business Administration and Business Informatics require an additional grade of 10 or 9 points in the German language.

There are entrance exams available should you not be able to satisfy these admission requirements. We recommend our "Bewerberzertifikat" to applicants who have successfully passed our entrance exams or have a foreign educational qualification. You will receive the certificate upon presentation of all necessary documents for a contribution towards expenses of 10 Euro and add it to your application.

Do you have the German Advanced Technical College Certificate (Fachhochschulreife) or are you a graduate of a German school in foreign countries or do you have an International Baccalaureat (IB) or European Baccalaureat (EB)? Then get in touch with us - by phone (+49 40 822160-910) or by email (info(at)hsba.de).

Applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification can find more information here: Acceptance criteria for international applicants.

Step 2: Application

Apply to a company & selection process

Find a university place offer / company

You spend the practical phases of your dual study programme at a company where you also apply directly. The easiest way to find a company that offers a place at our university is our Job & Study Offers section.

Work & Study Vacancies

Please keep in mind that almost all companies can offer a co-operative study place. So check if you know a company that is not yet cooperating with HSBA, but is suitable for you. The company headquarters does NOT have to be in Hamburg!

Apply to a company & selection process

You should also get information about the companies listed on the website, the opportunities they are offering, and the application requirements. Are you unsure about your application documents or do you have questions about the application process? Our Online Applicant Coaching offers you tips and tricks for a successful application to companies. You can also significantly increase your chances of a successful application by taking part in the next Hamburg Business Speed Dating. There, in 10-minute conversations (speed dates), you will get to know HR managers from companies where you can complete a cooperative degree programme at HSBA.

After you have applied to the company, the selection process takes place there, which depends on the respective company. It ranges from job interviews to an assessment centre.

Step 3: Admission & Enrolment

Checking the documents & enrolment

Assessment of Admission Requirements

Once you have successfully completed the process, the company will sign a study agreement with you, which will be sent, along with your application documents to HSBA. We will then contact you to request and check the following documents:

  • Proof of university entrance qualification (usually, the Abitur or Advanced Technical College Certificate)
  • Proof of good grades in mathematics, English and, if applicable, German (10 or 9 points)

As soon as you have submitted all the documents and fulfilled all the admission requirements, you will receive the matriculation documents from us, which you must complete and return to us together with proof of health insurance. You will then receive your notification of enrolment and will be enrolled in a cooperative degree programme. Your studies start on 1 October.

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Klaus Waubke HSBA
Klaus Waubke

Senior Manager Student Recruitment & Company Relations

+49 40 822160-933

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Cooperating Companies

More than 300 partner companies support HSBA

Deloitte GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Funk Versicherungsmakler GmbH
Encavis AG
ECE Marketplaces GmbH & Co. KG
Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG
Liesner & Co. GmbH
Lexzau, Scharbau GmbH & Co. KG
AIDA Cruises German Branch of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG
Signal Iduna Gruppe - Hamburg
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
BERENBERG Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
Neumann Gruppe GmbH
Joh. Jacobs & Co. (AG & Co.) KG
NPP Niethammer, Posewang & Partner GmbH
ASG | Asche Stein Glockemann Verstl Wiezoreck
The Fontenay Hotelgesellschaft mbH
Velux Deutschland GmbH
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH & Co. KG
Vattenfall Europe Business Services GmbH
WMC Wüpper Management Consulting GmbH
finum Riensch & Held GmbH & Co. KG
STW Engineering GmbH
Beiersdorf AG
MUTABOR Technologies GmbH
MSC Germany S.A. & Co KG
Hamburg Coffee Company Hacofco mbH
HSV Fußball AG
Scholz & Friends Commerce GmbH
HanseMerkur Versicherungsgruppe
Otto (GmbH & Co. KG)
COLUMBIA Shipmanagement (Deutschland) GmbH
Maersk Deutschland A/S & Co. KG
Detlev Louis Motorradvertriebs GmbH
KG BURSPED Speditions G.m.b.H. & Co.
SSW-Holding GmbH
Bürgschaftsbank Hamburg GmbH
ESC Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH
EOS Gruppe
Hamburger Feuerkasse Versicherungs-AG
Forvis Mazars GmbH & Co. KG
nbs partners GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Orion Reederei GmbH & Co. KG
Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG
RSM Ebner Stolz  Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
Berg & Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
DROEGE Holding GmbH
MariApps Marine Solutions Europe GmbH
Rieckermann GmbH
Eulenburg Family Office GmbH & Co. KG
Omnicom Media Group GmbH
EOS Deutscher Inkasso-Dienst GmbH
Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG
Sparda-Bank Hamburg eG
Hamburg Commercial Bank AG
Deutsche Bank AG
Aurubis AG
RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd GmbH & Co KG
Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
Edel SE & Co. KGaA
TOPLICHT Schiffsausrüstung GmbH
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft
Leser GmbH & Co. KG
Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG
Service-Bund GmbH & Co. KG
Klaus Böcker GmbH
Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH
Star Finanz GmbH
HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH
Hamburg Süd A/S & Co KG
Nordic Hamburg Shipmanagement GmbH & Co KG
Elis Group Services GmbH
Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH
Baker Tilly GmbH & Co.KG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Hapag-Lloyd AG
Initiative Media GmbH
TT-Line GmbH & Co. KG
HelloFresh Deutschland Produktions SE & Co. KG
ProVidens Vermögensmanagement GmbH
RessourcenReich GmbH
edding AG
Montblanc-Simplo GmbH
Robert Schüler Versicherungsmakler GmbH & Co. KG
Leonhardt & Blumberg Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG
Sparkasse Harburg-Buxtehude
EOS Holding GmbH
Jebsen & Jessen (GmbH & Co.) KG
Allianz Trade
DVA International GmbH
Hamburger Energiewerke GmbH
Olympus Europa SE & CO. KG
Ernst & Young GmbH
BUDNI Handels- & Service GmbH & Co. KG
Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH
Acer Computer GmbH
Brightpoint Group Hamburg
Deep Media Technologies GmbH
Lother GmbH
Hoyer GmbH
ShibataFenderTeam AG
C. Illies & Co. Handelsges. mbH
best practice consulting AG
Coloplast GmbH
Counsel Treuhand GmbH
Dierkes Partner
Itzehoer Versicherungen
Aon Versicherungsmakler Deutschland GmbH
Stern-Wywiol Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG
PPI AG Informationstechnologie
Greenyard Fresh Germany GmbH
NDR Media GmbH
Wintershall Dea AG
Hamburger Hochbahn AG
SUND GmbH + Co. KG
Georg Duncker GmbH & Co. KG
Tchibo GmbH
Mast-Jägermeister SE
Hamburger Sparkasse AG
PAWLIK Consultants GmbH
Baloise Lebensversicherungs AG Deutschland
Hanseatische Mittelstands Treuhand GmbH
Buss Group GmbH & Co. KG
agiles Informationssysteme GmbH
axunio Pharma GmbH
Jungheinrich AG
Oktan Tankstellen GmbH
Delta-Sport Handelskontor GmbH
Alfred E. Tiefenbacher (GmbH & Co. KG)
Engel & Völkers Holding GmbH
Peter Cremer Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Vattenfall Europe Sales GmbH
HMM (Germany) GmbH & Co. KG
Hermes Germany GmbH
Exclusive Collection
Aspira Logistics GmbH
TRAILER LLOYD Fahrzeugvermietung GmbH & Co. KG
Airbus Operations GmbH
BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH
Nord Event GmbH
Commerzbank AG
Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG
Stadtwerke Buchholz i. d. N. GmbH
Sysmex Europe SE
IntReal International Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Junge & Co. Versicherungsmakler GmbH
Bank Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe GmbH
Funke Logistik GmbH
AXA Versicherung AG
fabfab GmbH - Internetversandhandel von Stoffen
EDEKA IT Stiftung & Co. OHG
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
FKS Friedrich Karl Schroeder GmbH & Co. KG
BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen
ek robotics GmbH
PIA Media GmbH
Carlsberg Deutschland Holding GmbH
Navalis Shipping GmbH & Co. KG
intersoft consulting services AG
GALAB Laboratories GmbH
Shell Deutschland GmbH
TUI Cruises GmbH
Alsterspree Verlag GmbH
salesHAX Consulting
Hanseatic Bank GmbH & Co. KG
DACHSER SE  Logistikzentrum Schleswig-Holstein
Brightpoint Fund Services GmbH


Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor's programme at HSBA

Can I apply for a study place directly with HSBA?

No, you apply directly to the company. If you have successfully completed a selection procedure and are offered a place, the partner company will contact HSBA and register you. You can find all current study place offers from our partner companies on our Study Place Exchange.

Our Hamburg Business Speed Dating offers an additional opportunity. It takes place twice a year.

If you have any questions about an admission test, you are welcome to contact us.

What are the options of studying abroad?

Yes. Most HSBA Bachelor students spend time abroad during their studies, sometimes several times. For example, in one-semester exchange programmes at our partner universities, in the one-week study excursions in the third year of study, or by participating in a summer school. Some partner companies also enable students to spend time abroad during the practical phase. Internationality also plays a major role in everyday study life in Hamburg, as HSBA attaches great importance to the internationality of the course content and offers a wide range of English-language seminars.

You can find more information here

Can I apply to a company even if I do not yet fulfil the admission requirements?

It is best if you fulfil the admission requirements for our Bachelor's degree programmes beforehand. Or if your previous grades at degree level are in the right direction. Otherwise your application will not usually be successful. IF you have to take an admission test and would still like to apply beforehand, be sure to mention this in your letter of application. Then it will be clear to the company representatives that you know what you are doing!

Accreditations, Awards & Rankings

State-approved – Accredited by the German Council of Science – All study programmes accredited by FIBAA

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