International Programmes 2021/2022

Food Packaging Technology, Bachelor of Engineering (Bilingual) Food Packaging Technology, Bachelor of Engineering (Bilingual)

Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts • Hannover

Bachelor of Engineering in Food Packaging Technology
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

In the first semesters, all courses except German language courses are held in English. German language courses are provided up to C1/TestDaF level, which is sufficient to apply for German universities. For each of the levels (i.e., B1, B1+, B2, C1/TestDaF), fee-based language courses are offered. Currently the fee is 600 EUR per level, which covers a three-month German course.

Having reached level B2, the students switch from courses held in English to courses held in German.

Programme duration
9 semesters or more
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies

The course start is flexible depending on the language level of the student.

Application deadline

You can apply at any time, and we will offer you an individual path to our Bachelor's degree programme.

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

Do you think it would be good if packaging were more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly?

In the Food Packaging Technology BEng degree programme, the recyclability of packaging is only one aspect of many others that are taught. Packaging must fulfil broader requirements, i.e., protect the food from loss of quality, draw attention to the product, inform the consumer, and enable convenient handling. In the study programme, you will gain the necessary practical and scientific know-how to design and select packaging that meets these diverse criteria. Therefore, the study contents and the later professional field are just as diverse. You will deal with scientific and technical issues, with the automation and logistics of packaging processes and the economic evaluation. And finally, designing packaging demands your full creativity.

The programme offers a profound scientific and practice-oriented education. You will be able to analyse and solve complex problems in food packaging technology and to understand technical/technological questions in an economic context. You will be able to choose appropriate solution strategies, to communicate clearly, and to apply these qualifications in practice.

The innovative study programme is rooted in many years of practical experience from the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in training food packaging technologists. A pleasant learning atmosphere, small learning groups, and personal contact between teachers and students characterise the study programme.

After graduation, a broad professional field is open to you. Our graduates work in the areas of packaging industry for food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutics (consulting, marketing, quality control and management, technical support and technical development, recycling), packaging machine construction (concept, development, planning, project management, sales, support), in research departments, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and authorities. The graduates are highly demanded by companies and industry and take up positions such as developers, project engineers, group and department managers.

Field of interest: engineering, machinery, food, chemistry, design, technology; economy

Course organisation

The entry phase for approximately two semesters consists of basic scientific subjects necessary in the food packaging technology, e.g., English lectures in mathematics, computer science, and statistics plus German language classes. As soon as the student reaches the German B2 level, he or she can switch to the courses held in German.

The subsequent Bachelor’s degree programme is divided into two study sections. In the first study section, which takes place in the first and second semesters, students will learn the fundamentals of science, engineering, and business administration. In the following study phase, which takes place in the third to seventh semesters, students will be taught in subject-specific, theoretical, and practical knowledge. A practical phase and a project work in the fifth semester are integrated into the study programme. Optionally, students can complete a semester of study abroad. An additional practical phase and the subsequent Bachelor's thesis make up the final semester. Students can complete practical phases in national or international companies. Therefore, a stay abroad can be easily integrated into the degree programme.

For more information on the programme, please see the following website:

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated internships

Intensive internship phases are a particular advantage of the Bachelor’s degree programme. They comprise a 22-week internship (practice phase followed by project work) in the fifth semester and an 11-week practice phase in the seventh semester. Subsequently, students can write the Bachelor's thesis on a topic of practical relevance in cooperation with a company within nine weeks. Extensive project work, excursions and seminars by distinguished guest lecturers from the industry enable students to participate directly in current developments in food packaging technology.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Chats with lecturers
  • Online lectures
Description of e-learning elements

All courses are accompanied by a virtual classroom in the Moodle learning management system.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Approximately 415 EUR per semester (including free public transport within Lower Saxony)
German language courses: 600 EUR per level (three-month course)

Costs of living

Min. 600 EUR per month

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

A valid university entrance qualification must be provided. Your qualification will be validated by the service association uni-assist. Use this link for more details:

Language requirements

A language level of B1 or above in English is recommended.

German skills of level A2 are necessary. If not yet acquired, it might cause a prolongation of the study programme.

Application deadline

You can apply at any time, and we will offer you an individual path to our Bachelor's degree programme.

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Hannover is a city with a broad range of companies offering part-time employment for students.

Skilled students can also get jobs such as student tutoring, research projects, or other jobs.


Typical student accommodations range between 300-350 EUR per month. It is not easy to find affordable accommodation in Hannover.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation

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