University of Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Founded in 1919, the University of Hamburg has approximately 38,000 students and 650 full-time professors engaged in teaching and research, as well as an additional academic staff numbering over 4,000. The University is spread over 150 buildings. The center of the University is its campus at Von-Melle-Park, which is situated close to the lake in the heart of Hamburg. Many more facilities belonging to the University are to be found in other parts of Hamburg.

Program Overview

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Academic Program

Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Language of Instruction


Best for

German language majors or minors.

Learn more about the academic program, course approvals and transfer credit process.

    Location & Facilities


    Situated in the north of Germany approximately one hour's drive from the Danish border, Hamburg is Germany's second largest city and home to 1.6 million people. With port facilities covering an area of roughly 100 km, the city is Germany's most important seaport; nearly 100 shipping companies are based in Hamburg. Hamburg is an exciting city with a lively cultural life, including theater, symphony, opera and museums, and many sports events.


    • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi
    • Student Organizations
    • Career Center
    • Gym and Sports facilities
    • Library
    • Counseling Center
    • Cafeteria
    • University Museum
    • International Student Services Office
    • Administrative Offices
    Program Dates

    Because the Fall Semester calendar dates overlap with the start of the spring semester at Temple Main Camus, Temple students may choose from Spring Semester or full Academic Year.

    • Fall Semester: mid-September through early February
    • Spring Semester: late March through mid-July
    • Academic Year: mid-September through mid-July

    Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.


    At Hamburg, you can choose to live in student accommodations or find independent housing. Detailed information about housing will be provided to all accepted students directly from the University of Hamburg.

    Student Residences (recommended)
    With this option, you can apply to live in any of the twenty-three available dormitories throughout Hamburg. Students can see each residence and apply online through Studierendenwerk Hamburg.

    Independent Housing
    As an Exchange student, you can also search for accommodations on your own. Rents vary based on size and location, but tend to be much higher than rent in a student residence. Please note that finding independent housing in Hamburg can be difficult. See below websites to search for independent housing:

    *Independent housing websites are provided for informational purposes only; Temple Education Abroad does not endorse any independent housing options provided on this page.

    Faculty & On-site Support

    As an Exchange Program participant, you will have access to the support provided by your host institution.


    Program Costs

    Temple Tuition and Standard University Fees

    Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. Visit Temple’s Bursar for per-credit tuition rates. All students pay University Services Fee.

    More details

    For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

    View Program Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

    Health & Safety

    Your health and safety abroad are our highest priority. View our Health and Safety page, and stay tuned for more details about health and safety on this program.


    For more information, contact Education Abroad: 215-204-0720;

    Eligibility Requirements

    Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

    Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
    • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
    • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
    Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

    You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

    • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
    • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
    • Exchange Programs: 2.75
    • External Programs: 2.5

    You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

    Have a valid passport

    You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

    View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


    Are in good disciplinary standing

    You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

    Meet the minimum age requirement

    You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

    For University of Hamburg, the following additional considerations apply.

    • Students will be selected mainly based on academic fit and demonstrated interest in the host university and/or location. 
    • Pre-requisites: at least four semesters of university-level German language classes.

    Non-U.S. citizens: you are welcome to study abroad if you meet the eligibility requirements; however, you are not permitted to study abroad on an exchange program in your home country. Please speak to Education Abroad if you have questions about your eligibility.

    Application Requirements

    The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

      Additional Requirements for the University of Hamburg

      • All students applying for an exchange program are required to meet with a program manager before submitting their application. 
      • German language evaluation, completed by a faculty member in the German department. You can send the evaluation form electronically to your evaluator from the online application or download a paper form from your application that your can submit directly to Education Abroad.

      Admissions Timeline

      • Admissions is not rolling.
      • Temple nominates students for Exchange Programs after the deadline for the specific term.
      • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision by the decision deadline, about one month after the program application deadline has passed.

      While abroad, I hope to improve my German language abilities and make lifelong connections with people I meet along the way of my journey!

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      Miquela Berge