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The Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW) focuses on practice-oriented research and interdisciplinary teaching.

HAW Hamburg

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)


The HAW Hamburg is currently the second largest higher education institution in Hamburg. As one of the largest universities of applied science in Germany, it offers practical insights into the subjects of IT, life sciences, design, media, business and social sciences, with professors coming from various relevant industries.

The HAW offers a range of degrees in the areas of technology, such as aeronautical engineering and health sciences. The HAW also has partnerships with universities across the world, from Brazil to Australia. Like many other institutions in Hamburg, the HAW doesn’t charge tuition fees, making the prospect of studying there highly appealing from a financial perspective. 

HAW's four campus locations are spread throughout the city of Hamburg, with three faculties situated in the city centre and one in Hamburg-Bergedorf.    

Of the four faculties, one bachelor's degree and seven master's degree courses are taught in English. However, the majority of the teaching is conducted in German, so students should have a high level of German to study at the HAW. Specific information regarding the necessary level of German can be found here. Online applications can be submitted during the application periods, and there are also online guides for EU and non-EU students to help make applications as successful as possible.


The HAW Hamburg undertakes research that is varied, innovative and sustainable, and strives to ensure that their research areas reflect the most successful industries in Germany. The HAW Hamburg focuses on several main areas of research in particular, including sustainable energies, IT, mobility and health. Hamburg has been greatly shaped by both its port and aviation industries, and as such, the HAW Hamburg also focuses much of its research on aviation technology ― pivotal in a city home to Airbus and Lufthansa Technik.

Research at the HAW Hamburg is split into many other areas and covers a wide variety of topics. Research centres cover life sciences, bio-process engineering and process management in hospitals, and many of these faculties are involved in research projects at both a regional and national level.

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