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University of Hamburg

3.7 out of 5 (84 ratings / 49 reviews) Hamburg, Germany
Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country's largest universities, we offer a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities.

Bachelor's programmes

About

History

Universität Hamburg is one of Germany's younger universities. Its founding was not documented in some provincial foundation charter but in a sober official announcement issued by the Free and Hanseatic City on 1 April 1919.

Nonetheless, the University's roots reach back to the early 17th century. In 1613, the Academic Gymnasium, was founded.

Education

Since the beginning of 2012, the Universitätskolleg, a university-wide project, has been receiving funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Teaching Quality Pact.Under the title "Bridges to the University - Pathways to Academia," the Universitätskolleg provides a conceptual, institutional and administrative framework for a multitude of projects devoted to the transition from school or a job to university study and the cultivation of skills required for academic pursuit.

Research

  • Climate, earth and environment
  • Matter and the universe
This key research area incorporates the phenomena of light-matter interactions in photon and biostructural research, astrophysics and particle physics, and the interdisciplinary nanosciences.
  • Neurosciences
Neuroscientists in medicine, psychology and informatics work on a broad range of projects addressing questions relating to the basic science of and therapeutic measures for the brain.
  • Multilingualism
This key research area investigates migration-induced multilingualism in modern urban centers, exploring both the risks it poses and the opportunities it provides.

Career

The Career Center offers support to students, graduates and junior academics from all faculties in finding their way to a job. We are a service organization that aims to prepare and successfully accompany applicants entering a career.We offer students, graduates und junior academics inspiring und informative seminars, lectures und consultations on topics such as achievement potential, career planning, job application, leadership and how to acquire third-party funds.To companies we offer interesting cooperation opportunities in which they can introduce themselves in lectures, podium discussions, workshops and career days.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
145 3
2019
148 -14
2018
134
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
149 -14
2019
135 66
2018
201
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
201 -50
2018
151
2017
151
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
227 -4
2019
223
2018
223
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

  • First semester
Overview of orientation activities, information sessions and brochures for first semester students at Universität Hamburg.
  • Advising
The Campus Center offers comprehensive advising services to students at Universität Hamburg.
  • Institutions
Numerous internal and external institutions provide students at Universität Hamburg with manifold services and offers.

Housing services

  • Studierendenwerk (student services) accommodation
Studierendenwerk Hamburg currently provides 23 housing facilities for 4,000 inhabitants. All rooms are furnished and rent including utilities starts at EUR 230. This rather inexpensive type of accommodation is much desired, however.
  • Looking for a room
  • Shared student accommodation
  • Shared apartments

Library services

The State and University Library (Stabi) and the departmental libraries are central University institutions. There are computer workstations and conference rooms as well as books and magazines. You will need books and other media to study, prepare for classes and exams, and write papers. 

ICT services

The IT system at the Regional Computing Center makes studying much easier.

  • Service Line of the Regional Computing Center
  • STiNE
  • Surfmail
  • CommSY / OLAT

Medical services

  • Psychological counseling (in German only)
  • Addiction Counseling and Prevention for Members of the University (in German only)
  • Return-to-Work Program (Betriebliches Integrationsmanagement, BEM) (in German only)

Student Life

Campus life

University life does not only revolve around studying; students also thrive on meeting people and having fun. The campus is the perfect place for personal growth.

Starters might find our Main Building's cupola structure - home to the humanities - a bit awe-inspiring.  

Other buildings on campus also provide highlights. For instance, the Philosophers' Tower commonly called Phil-Turm, a 15 storey-building that offers a great panoramic view of the city. 

On mid-campus you will find our Duck Pond near a plot of green. In summer it invites to relax, sunbathe and observing the water fowl between classes.

Sports facilities

Fencing, soccer (German football), Argentine tango or yoga - University Sports offers a broad spectrum of sports classes, seven days a week, as often as you wish! This not only helps you stay fit, but is also a great opportunity to get in touch with other students. 

You can make music or do sports, support ethnic minorities, act in a play,  fight for environmental protection, or devote some of your spare time to shaping life at the Uni or in the city.

Student clubs

  • AA/NO Arbeitslose Akademiker/Nachwuchsorganisation
  • African Students Organisation at University of Hamburg (AStO-Uni Hamburg)
  • AEGEE Association des Etats Genereaux des Etudiants de l'Europe - Hamburg e.V.
  • AG Kritische Weiterbildung
  • AIESEC Hamburg
  • AK junge kritische Wissenschaft
  • Anti-Rassismus-Seminare
  • BDAS (=Bund der Alevitischen Studierenden in Deutschland)

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Very organized and professional

MY EXPERIENCE IN UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I liked the way lecturers taught and made lecture notes easy for students to access. I also liked the way the university made the environment so conducive for studies by providing a 24 hours access to a well equipped library and WiFi services.

Stressful but good
Aylin Ersen rated 4 out of 5 stars

My studies so far have been very stressful, and had a somewhat difficult climate. Nevertheless I enjoyed it a lot, but I really would have appreciated more time to study everything, as it felt very rushed, especially learning German Sign Language. Other than that I feel very supported by the people in my institute. I feel like studying is a great time in my life.

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