Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, is a large port city located in the middle of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. You can read my short introduction about the city here. The largest of the 9 public and 9 private universities in the city is the University of Hamburg. It is one of the largest universities in Germany with about 44.000 students. It is especially known for its climate research.
The university was awarded the German Cluster of Excellence “Photon and Nanosciences: Advanced Imaging of Matter”, “Mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology: Quantum Universe”, “Manuscript Research: Understanding Manuscripts” and “Integrated Climate Analysis and Prediction” as part of the Excellence Initiative, funded primarily by the federal government.
One reason why it stands out particularly in the field of climate science is that it works with strong partners such as the Max Planck Institute for Meterology, the Helmholz Center at the Gestaach and the German Climate Center. The English-language master’s program “Integrated Climate System Sciences”, which uses complex computer models to create climate simulations to make predictions about the consequences of climate change, is particularly popular with international students.
According to its rector, the university has set itself the goal of becoming a sustainability university and is trying to focus its research on this topic. They have created and teach many unique programs on global climate impacts as well as sustainability in everyday life. They have undergraduate programs in many different fields, such as Natural Sciences and Medicine, or Political Science and even Economics.
The university is ranked 135th in the international ranking (THE). This ranking, which can be considered good in the world, corresponds to 12th place in Germany (see University Rating Agencies and Their Importance).
The school, which has not gathered all faculties on a single campus, is scattered in different parts of the city. Therefore, research the location of the department you are applying to. Although the city has a good public transportation network, transfers are important for students who have to work late into the night.
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG IN NUMBERS
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APPLICATION TO HAMBURG UNIVERSITY
Although you can apply to the University of Hamburg online, you must first have your university entrance qualifications verified by uni-assist. This process, called VPD, is the process of verifying your diploma and converting it into the German grading system. (See: What is VPD?) Once you have received your VPD, you can apply to the school online. However, proof of the following language proficiency is required.
DSH : German language test for university entrance (level 2)
TestDaF : (Level 4 in at least four areas) or a maximum of one 3 for a total of 15 points.
Goethe Certificate C1 or C2
telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule : Certificate of passing the exam
There are additional language requirements for some departments. Detailed information can be obtained from https://www.uni-hamburg.de/campuscenter/bewerbung/bachelor-staatsexamen/fremdsprachenkenntnisse.html for undergraduate program specific requirements and https://www.uni-hamburg.de/campuscenter/bewerbung/master/zugangsvoraussetzungen/weitere.html for graduate programs.
The school does not offer foreign language preparation, you will need to prove your language proficiency from private courses.
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