International Programmes 2019/2020

BSc Information Engineering BSc Information Engineering

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences • Hamburg

Bachelor of Science in Information Engineering
Teaching language
  • English

Classes are in English.

German is not required to complete the degree programme. However, we recommend that you learn a bit of basic German before starting the course to help with integration into life in Germany.

Programme duration
7 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

Online application during the application period only: (follow menu for international Bachelor applicants)

Application period: 1 April - 31 May (for non-EU students; classes begin in September)
Application period: 1 June - 15 July (for EU students; classes begin in September)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Joint degree / double degree programme

Basics of Mathematics and Mathematics Extensions
The first two semesters will supply the mathematical fundamentals for scientific engineering (12 TU). During the following two semesters, the basics of signal and system theory (8 TU) are taught, which are essential for information technology in general.

Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
In this series of lectures, the foundations of electrical engineering (8 TU) are presented, which include basic measuring techniques and methods of design and analysis of linear and nonlinear circuits. These courses are supplemented by two lectures on electronics which introduce electronic devices and the foundations of analogue electronic circuits (9.5 TU). One lecture on digital circuits (4 TU) completes this series.

Electrical Engineering Applications
Information and communication systems are software-based and work on application-specific hardware. Fundamentals of microcontroller architectures and programming are introduced in one course (5.5 TU). An additional course (4 TU) will offer the design and implementation of application-specific digital systems and the corresponding hardware description language VHDL.

Software Construction
Technical systems are widely based on software. Therefore, knowledge of programming languages and methods of software design is absolutely essential. This course introduces the procedure-oriented programming language C and the object-oriented language JAVA (9.5 TU). Additional topics are algorithms and data structures (4 TU).

Computer Science
This course is based on the course "software construction". It contains methods and procedures to design complex software systems (4 TU) and is completed with modern concepts of databases (4 TU) and operating systems (4 TU). Finally, there is a software engineering project in which students have to apply their knowledge to solve a manageable problem in small groups.

Advanced Engineering Topics and Electives
Students specialise in further fields of engineering by electives (15 TU) and the following modules: bus systems and sensors (4 TU), digital communication systems (4 TU) and digital signal processing (4 TU) which deal with the transmission and processing of analogue and digital signals.

Non-Technical Modules
The programme complements the engineering modules with other modules that prepare graduates for success in their careers: economics & management and scientific & project work (6 TU), intercultural competence (2 TU) and German language (2 TU). The study process is supported by two modules in learning and study methods (5 TU).

Industrial Placement
In the fifth semester, the programme contains an internship (industrial placement). Students work in industry for 20 weeks in order to become acquainted with the daily working life of an engineer. Personal support is provided by a professor. There is no mandatory practical training before the start of the programme.

1 TU = teaching unit of 45 minutes per week

Course organisation
  • First Semester
    • Mathematics 1 (5 TU) + Exercise (1 TU)
    • Electrical Engineering 1 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Software Construction 1 (4 TU) + Lab (1.5 TU)
    • German (2 TU)
    • Learning and Study Methods (3.25 TU)
  • Second Semester
    • Mathematics 2 (5 TU) + Exercise (1 TU)
    • Electrical Engineering 2 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Electronics 1 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Software Construction 2 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Intercultural Competence (2 TU)
    • Learning and Study Methods (1.25 TU)
  • Third Semester
    • Signals and Systems 1 (3 TU) + Lab (1TU)
    • Electronics 2 (4 TU) + Lab (1.5 TU)
    • Digital Circuits (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Algorithms & Data Structures (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Economics & Management (3 TU) + Exercise (1 TU)
  • Fourth Semester
    • Signals and Systems 2 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Digital Systems 1 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Microcontrollers (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Software Engineering 1 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Data Bases (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
  • Fifth Semester
    • Scientific & Project Work (2 TU)
    • Industrial Placement 20 weeks
  • Sixth Semester
    • Operating Systems (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Bus Systems and Sensors (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Digital Signal Processing (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Digital Communication Systems (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Elective Project 1 (3 TU)
  • Seventh Semester
    • Elective Module 1 (3 TU) + Lab (2 TU); Elective Module 2 (3 TU) + Lab (1 TU)
    • Elective Project 2 (4 TU)
    • Bachelor's Thesis

1 TU = teaching unit of 45 minutes/week

For more detailed information about the modules and course content, please click on the PDF link below.

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Types of assessment

Written examination, oral examination, presentation, written lab reports

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Integrated internships

An internship of twenty weeks is to be completed during the fifth semester. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
There is a semester contribution of approx. 336 EUR (as of September 2019). This fee provides you with a semester ticket for unlimited travel on Hamburg's public transport system.
Costs of living
Hamburg is a relatively expensive city. Depending on your lifestyle, you should expect living costs of 700 to 900 EUR for rent, food, and other expenses.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Students can apply for scholarships for academic excellence. They can also apply for an examination scholarship when they are in their final semester as a financial support while completing their Bachelor's or Master's theses. More information can be found here:
Academic admission requirements
  • Secondary school certificate (twelve school years minimum) equivalent to the German "Abitur" or "Fachhochschulreife"
  • Language certificate for English if not first language (see language requirements)

Students who completed their school education outside Germany must have their certificates approved by uni-assist ( BEFORE applying to the HAW Hamburg. The pre-registration documentation (VPD) from uni-assist must be sent with the application forms, etc., when applying to the HAW Hamburg. Please be advised that this process can take six to eight weeks, so please apply early.

Strong interest in technology and technical systems, good understanding of mathematics, ability to think in abstract ways

For more information:

Language requirements

TOEFL: IBT 87, PBT 550, CBT 220
IELTS: min. Band 6.0
Cambridge FCE grade B, CAE, CPE

Pearson PTE General level 3, PTE Academic 59
TELC English B2

Completion of a full English-language degree programme

This is correct at the time of publication. Changes are possible. Please see the university website for official score levels.

Application deadline

Online application during the application period only: (follow menu for international Bachelor applicants)

Application period: 1 April - 31 May (for non-EU students; classes begin in September)
Application period: 1 June - 15 July (for EU students; classes begin in September)

Submit application to

Please apply online:

Then send your printed HAW Hamburg application with all required documents to:
HAW Hamburg
Admissions Office
Stiftstraße 69
20099 Hamburg

If you have questions about the application process, please e-mail the Admissions Office:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

You should plan to be able to study in Hamburg without having to work part-time. If you are coming on a visa, you will have to provide proof of your finances (697 EUR/month – 8,700 EUR/year).

EU students can work 20 hours/week.
International students from non-EU countries are only permitted to work 120 full days (240 half days) in one calendar year, and part-time job opportunities are limited, especially for students who do not speak German. It is unlikely that we will be able to offer you a job on campus.


It is not easy to find accommodation in Hamburg, so please be aware that finding somewhere to live can take a while. The halls of residence in Hamburg are run by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg and offer affordable accommodation for students under the age of 30. Generally, students have their own rooms in an apartment that they share with other students – the bathroom and kitchen are shared. The monthly rent for a room in a student hall of residence starts at roughly 250 EUR (including heating, water, and electricity). At the earliest, new students can apply three months before the start of their degree programme.

Further information on accommodation can be found on the university's website:

Career advisory service

The HAW Hamburg has a Career Service Office that offers advice on working in Germany, finding internships and applying successfully for jobs in Germany.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

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HAW Hamburg – Berliner Tor campus

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) is one of the largest of its kind in Germany and within our four faculties we offer a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in engineering, IT, life sciences, design and media as well as business and social sciences. We focus on applied sciences in our teaching, giving our students a practical insight into their fields of study through projects, lab work, internships and theses in industry. Our expertise is drawn from faculty members who have worked in industry before joining the university. In research, we are an important partner for the city of Hamburg’s companies and innovation clusters, developing new ideas from the synergies of this dynamic location.

Our fields of expertise reflect the technologies, industries and services that make Germany a leading economy, and our close collaboration with Hamburg's innovation clusters allows us to develop this knowledge in our teaching and research.

We are a very international university, with students from over 100 countries making up 14% of our students. Combined with the international nature of the city of Hamburg, you will feel very comfortable studying here.

14 Number of international students in percent
10 Hamburg’s ranking in The Economist’s ”World’s Most Liveable Cities"

University location

In the north of Germany and in the heart of Europe, Germany’s second largest city (1.8 million) offers excellent quality of life and international flair. If you like to spend your leisure time outdoors, then you will love Europe’s “greenest” city with its lake, canals and beautiful parks. For those of you who love culture, Hamburg’s museums, theatres and its world famous concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, will inspire you. Hamburg is also one of the most dynamic commercial centres in Europe, placing its strategic focus on six innovative segments: aviation (Airbus), IT and media, the international port and logistics, life sciences (biotechnology, medical technology and health care), nanotechnology, and renewable energies. The Economist ranked Hamburg as one of the top ten most liveable cities in the world, so we are sure you will feel at home.