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Hamburg, Germany

University of Hamburg in Germany

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University of Hamburg

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 dates

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


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

Course Offerings

Temple students studying at the University of Hamburg can take classes in German in any of the following subjects:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Language
  • Literature & Culture
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Exchange students typically also take German as a Foreign Language coursework to improve their German language skills while abroad.

Course Approvals

Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival. 

Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.

Transfer of Credits

After Temple receives an official transcript from the University of Hamburg, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. The University of Hamburg uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to articulate credits on its transcripts. More information about Temple's transfer credit policies, including conversions from ECTS to Temple credit, can be found on Temple's Undergraduate Bulletin. Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale

Hamburg Grade Grade Description Temple Equivalent
1-1.5 Sehr Gut (Very Good) A
1.6-2.5 Gut (Good) A
2.6-3.5 Befriedigend (Satisfactory) B
3.6-4.0 Ausreichend (Sufficient) C
4.1-6 Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient) F

Language of instruction


Students are strongly encouraged to attend a four-week intensive language program offered by the Goethe Institute in Hamburg prior to the start of classes.

School location

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


Students may 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
Students who decide to live in a student accommodation 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
Exchange students are free to search for accommodation on their 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. Students may look at the following 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.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. 


Each year, the University of Hamburg awards one Temple student a stipend to help with living expenses. The stipend is disbursed in monthly increments of 425 Euros. To be considered for the stipend, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and submit an exchange/external program scholarship application available within the exchange program application.


Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: March 1 for the academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester