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Helmut Schmidt University

Located in Hamburg, Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) is one of our most unique partners - originally known as the "University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg", the university is primarily home to officers and officer candidates of the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces), though a small amount of civilians are also eligible to enroll.

Students on exchange are able to study along with these officers and participate in HSU's unique student life, including an annual "Trimesteranfangsfeier" (Start of term ceremony), which includes a ball where soldiers and students alike are invited to dance. Hamburg itself, the 2nd largest port in Europe, provides a gateway to coastal Germany, and is famed for its reputation in the music world - known as a place where a variety of british bands, including the Beatles, got their start, and is famed for its extensive offering of musicals and operas.

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

LocationHamburg, Germany
LanguageEnglish, German
SemesterAcademic Year, Fall, Spring, Winter
Program typeExchange
Application statusOpen
Application deadline

First-come, first-considered until full or 

F17/Year: Closed
W18: July 1
April-Aug semester: Nov 1


First, attend a Study Abroad 101 session.

Booking with an Exchange Advisor: select “Book an Appointment”, “CISSA Appointments”, then "Outgoing Exchange Advising - Continental Europe, Middle East" using the Advising Portal.

Advisor: Virginia (Ginny) Rayner

Academic Advisor(s): Contact

Information sessions