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Find out more about how to prepare for your studies in Germany

Choice of Study Program and Orientation

  • Which study programs are offered at HSHL?

    HSHL offers 14 bachelor’s and 10 master’s study programs.
    Check out our study programs.

  • I would like to know more about the study programs / I need advice.

    The General Student Counselling (ZSB) is happy to answer any questions regarding your studies at HSHL:

    • Deciding on a study program & general study orientation
    • Contents and structure of the study program
    • Application
    • Financing your studies
    • Living in Hamm or Lippstadt
    • Special concerns, e.g. studying with a child or taking care of relatives

    Make an appointment at +49 2381 8789-130 or by email to studienberatung@hshl.de.

  • Does HSHL offer any dual study program?

    At HSHL you can study Mechatronics as a dual study program.

  • What is the Guest Auditor Program (Gasthörerschaft)?

    The Guest Auditor is an uncomplicated and free opportunity to attend various courses at HSHL for a maximum of two semesters. This allows you to get an insight into our campus and meet professors at HSHL.

    How can I attend? What do I have to do?
    You can apply at any time and do not need any special requirements or language certificates. It is recommended that you start in the respective semester (March or September).

    As a visiting student, you cannot take any exams and do not receive a semester ticket. We can issue you a certificate of attendance.
    Costs: The 1st semester is free of charge. For the following semesters, you will have to pay a fee of €100.

  • Local admission restriction (örtliche Zulassungsbeschränkung) – What does it mean?

    A local admission restriction ("örtliche Zulassungsbeschränkung") means that a certain number of places are available in a program for which you can apply during the application period. After the deadline, the university decides on admission according to legally defined quotas.
    For more information on the admissions process, click here (Information in German).

  • Admission-free study program – Will I always be admitted?

    If you apply on time and submit the required documents, you will always be offered a place in an undergraduate program. Therefore, it is not necessary to apply for more than one program at a time.

Admission requirements

  • What are the admission requirements at HSHL?

    To apply for a bachelor’s program at HSHL, you will need proof of the following qualifications:

    • General University Entrance Qualification ("Allgemeine Hochschulzugangsberechtigung", "Abitur")
    • Subject-Restricted University Entrance Qualification - according to the course of studies ("Fachgebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung")

    Please see the information on our website.
    You may also need to provide a proof of German or English language skills for admission and if you are applying for a master’s program we will require additional documents.

  • Do I need a pre-study internship (Vorpraktikum) for admission?

    No. HSHL does not require a specific pre-study internship ("Vorpraktikum") for admission.
    Please note that the practical part of the entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulreife") is not a pre-study internship.

  • Can I study with vocational training (berufliche Aubildung)?

    There are three ways to study with vocational training. The options are described here (in German). If you have any further questions, please contact the General Student Counselling.


  • International Educational Certificates - What do I need to know?

    Applicants with international educational certificates (e.g., "Matura", "O-and A-(S-)level", "Baccalaureate") must also have their documents checked by uni-assist.
    This can only be done during the official application period. Please upload the evaluation result (VPD) to the Online Portal.
    More information about the general process, handling fees and required documents for uni-assist is available on uni assist's website.
    If you apply from India, China or Vietnam the APS certificate is required.

    You need further advice on your educational certificates? Please contact the International Office.

  • VPD – What is it and how long can I use it?

    VPD stands for preliminary review documentation ("Vorprüfungsdokumentation"). This document is issued by uni-assist and is required for applications with international educational certificates.
    It can be used for an application to HSHL in the following year, if the admission requirements have not changed.

    • Which VPD do I need? The VPD must be issued specifically for your chosen study program at HSHL. A general evaluation is not sufficient.
    • I have not yet received the VPD, but the deadline is coming up soon. What can I do? If you do not receive the document until the application deadline, you can use the application confirmation from uni-assist, upload this PDF document to our Online Portal and complete your application before the deadline. Once you have received the VPD, please send it to admission@hshl.de.
  • What is the language requirement?

    HSHL requires a minimum level of C1 for study programs taught in German and B2 for those taught in English.
    You can find an overview of the language certificates we accept here (under Language proficiency).
    You do not need a language certificate for courses taught in German if you took the Abitur at a German school abroad.

  • Where can I learn German?

    The Language Centre offers online and face-to-face German courses at various levels for enrolled HSHL students each semester. Please contact the International Office for detailed information.

  • What is a proof of financial resources (Finanzierungsnachweis)?

    The proof of financial resources ("Finanzierungsnachweis") is often required when applying for a student visa to Germany. It serves as financial security during the upcoming studies and amounts to 12,208 euros (2023) for one year.
    Examples of such proof are a deposit in a blocked account or a recognized scholarship. Please contact the German embassy or consulate in your country to find out the exact requirements. You can find more detailed information here.



  • I have received my admission and I am provisionally enrolled. What happens next?
    • You will receive an e-mail with the (conditional) authorisation
    • The e-mail also contains your access data for myHSHL.
    • Important: From this point on, the university will communicate with you via your new HSHL e-mail address.
    • Download the letter of admission as a PDF from myHSHL.
    • Important: In the letter of admission you will find the details for paying your semester fee
    • Find out about student health insurance.
    • Please note: The applicant number corresponds to the matriculation number.
    • Pay the semester fee by stating your HSHL application number.

    For international students

    • Apply for a visa if necessary.
    • Important: The visa procedure can take several months in some countries. Start your application as early as possible.

    Once you have received your admission, there will be further steps to follow, which you will be informed about with your letter of admission.


  • Health Insurance – What do I need to know?

    Anyone who wants to study in Germany needs sufficient health insurance at the time of enrollment. The proof of health insurance will be transmitted digitally to HSHL and you may need to provide your health insurance company with a reference number ("Absendernummer").
    HSHL’s number for transmission is: H0003196.

    If you take out a statutory health insurance in Germany, your health insurance confirmation will be digitally transmitted to HSHL by your insurance company.
    If you have a private health insurance or sufficient insurance from your home country, please contact a German statutory health insurance company (e.g. AOK, Barmer, TK) and ask them to inform HSHL about your insurance status. You will probably need to apply for a certificate of exemption ("Befreiung von der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung").

    You also need your matriculation number. You can find all the information you need in the letter of admission on myHSHL, which you can download there as a PDF. Your applicant number is your matriculation number.

    Please find further information on the DAAD website.

  • I have questions about my application/enrollment – Who can help?

    If you have formal questions about your application or enrollment please contact the Student Services.

  • Where can I get my certificates/copies officially certified?

    Official certification is possible at any public authority or Notary. Please find detailed information here.

  • Until when can I submit my certificate of de-registration (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung)?

    If you do not have your exmatriculation certificate from your previous studies by the application deadline, you can submit it by 30 September at the latest.
    Student Services will be happy to help you if you have any questions.

  • My contact details have changed – What should I do?

    Please contact the Student Services if your contact details change. This could be your email, home address or name.

  • I have accepted a place at another university – How do I de-register and do I get a refund?

    If you decide not to accept the place at HSHL before the start of the lecture period, the full semester fee will be refunded. Please inform the Student Services by email and add your bank details.

    If you decide not to continue your studies at HSHL after the start of the lecture period, you must submit two forms.

    • de-registration form ("Exmatrikulationsantrag")
    • form for a refund of the semester fee ("Rückerstattungsantrag").

    Both forms are available at Campus Office Online. Please note that only a partial refund of the semester fee is possible after the lectures have started.

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