FAQ studies

Are you considering applying for a place on a degree programme at the HWR Berlin? Then you doubtless have many questions about degree programmes, admission requirements and your application. We have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Choosing a degree programme: Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a degree programme, checking admission requirements or changing universities? Things you need to know before choosing a degree programme at the HWR Berlin.

Overview of all degree programmes on the website

Information about all the degree programmes taught at the HWR Berlin, their curriculum and structure and the application and admission requirements is provided on our website: 

Staff at the Student Counselling Services are happy to help

You can address all questions about our degree programmes and the right one for you to our Student Counselling Services. The contact information is available here:

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A recognized university entrance qualification

The most important requirements for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme at the HWR Berlin is a recognized university entrance qualification such as a German Abitur or an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences. Find out more here:

A recognized university degree

The most important requirement for admission to a Master’s degree programme at the HWR Berlin is a recognized first university degree. Find out more here:

Additional admission requirements by degree programme

In addition to the general admission requirements for a Bachelor’s, Diplom or Master’s degree programme, each degree programme sets additional requirements such as admission restrictions, and requirements for internships or proof of language proficiency. Our degree programme-specific application information pages tell you everything that you need to know:

Apply if you fulfil the formal admission requirements

The HWR Student Counselling Services are unable to assess whether your qualifications are sufficient to enable admission to a certain degree programme. If you fulfil the formal admission requirements for your desired degree programme, you should make an application.

What do international students need to study at the HWR Berlin?

Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or dual degree programme: You have an international high school diploma or university degree and would like to study at the HWR Berlin? We are looking forward to meeting you. Before you start your studies in Germany, you need to sort out a few questions. For example:

  • Which degree programme is the right one for me?
  • How can I finance my studies in Germany?
  • What is a proof of financing?
  • Which level of German do I need?
  • By when do I have to apply, how and where?
  • Do I need a visa and a residence permit?
  • How do I find a place to live in Berlin?

Important information at a glance

The HWR Berlin supports you in preparing for your studies abroad. Here you will find everything you should know and consider as an international student:

Your degree must be recognized in Germany

The procedure for applying for a place on a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Diplom degree programme at the HWR Berlin depends on whether you hold a German or non-German school-leaver’s qualification or degree. Find out more here:

Is my non-German qualification recognized? Check it now!

You can find out whether your school leaving qualification or university entrance qualification qualifies you for admission to the HWR Berlin or whether you need an additional qualification by consulting the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides an English-language database of admission requirements.

Applying via Uni Assist

Holders of a non-German university entrance qualification or a non-German university qualification should apply to the HWR Berlin via Uni Assist.

Uni Assist will check your qualification and will issue official recognition of it to enable you to enrol in a degree programme at the HWR Berlin.

Unfortunately, you cannot attend courses at the HWR Berlin before enrolling.

Changing universities and achieving credit transfer

It is usually possible to change to the HWR Berlin from another university. You can achieve credit transfer for modules which you have completed in a similar Bachelor’s degree programme.

If you have passed more than 20 ECTS credits you can usually apply for admission to a higher subject-specific semester in a Bachelor’s degree programme. ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. Developed by the European Commission, it achieves comparability between university systems.

Do you have any questions about changing university?

Please address any questions about changing university to the Student Counselling Services of the respective department.

Admission on the basis of professional experience

Yes, applications will be accepted for a place on a degree programme at the HWR Berlin from applicants who do no hold a university entrance qualification or an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences.

Degree programmes taught in English

The HWR Berlin and Berlin Professional School offer some 20 degree programmes taught entirely in English:

All other degree programmes are taught to the greatest part in German. Nevertheless, you will still be required to take courses taught in English and can choose to take further courses taught in English.

Applying for auditing status or permission to attend courses at the HWR as a student from another institution

Auditing students and students from other institutions can study at the HWR Berlin. The exigencies of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that all teaching at the HWR Berlin is currently performed in digital form.

Admission restrictions, the requirement for an internship or proof of language proficiency − always check the admission requirements before making an application.

The application procedure: Frequently Asked Questions

I have found the right degree programme – what comes next? You need to know what comes next in order to smooth the path of your application.

Do you satisfy the admission requirements?

The following applies as a matter of course: Applicants to the HWR Berlin must fulfil the requisite admission requirements. Please find out more from the overview pages about the admission requirements and application procedures.

Check the information on the pages of the degree programme

Each degree programme has its own information page:

This page provides all the information that you will require about the admission requirements and application process for all the degree programmes taught at the HWR Berlin.

There are various application procedures

You can either submit an online application to the HWR Berlin or a central application via Hochschulstart. Your choice of application procedure depends on the school leaving qualification which you hold, the subject-specific semester in which you wish to commence your studies and the degree programme for which you wish to apply. When applying for a Master’s degree programme, it depends on which first university degree you hold.

Our application information pages tell you everything that you need to know:

Applications can be submitted for more than one degree programme

The following applies as a matter of course: You can submit parallel applications to a number of departments for multiple degree programmes at the HWR Berlin. The HWR Berlin has a total of five departments,

The correct application procedure depends on what you did before studying and the degree program for which you wish to apply. Find out more here:


Applying for a place on a Bachelor’s degree programme

Business and Economics

Please note: If you are required to submit your application for a Bachelor’s degree programme via Hochschulstart you may only apply for a single degree programme. Find out more here:

This does not apply to the International Business Management and International Management - DFS degree programmes. If you are applying for these degrees, you can also submit parallel applications for other degree programmes via Campus4u.

Cooperative studies

Applications for a cooperative studies degree programme are to be submitted directly to the partner company at which you wish to complete your training. Good to know: you can apply to as many companies and institutions as you like.

Public Administration, Legal Studies or Police and Security Management

When applying for a Bachelor’s degree programme in one of the Departments Public AdministrationLegal Studies or Police and Security Management you can apply for up to three degree programmes.

Please note: Applications for the Administration of Justice and Higher Police Service degree programmes are to be submitted directly to the authorities at which you wish to complete your training.


Applying for a place on a Master’s degree programme

 Business and Economics

When applying for a Master’s degree programme, you can state your first and second choices. Please note that your second choice can only be taken into account if there are insufficient applicants for the degree programme in question.

Public Administration, Legal Studies or Police and Security Management

You can apply for a place on up to three Master’s degree programmes.

Applications are to be sent directly to the partner company

Applications for cooperative studies degree programmes are to be submitted directly to the partner company at which you wish to complete your training. Please note: Many partner companies require that applicants apply at least a year in advance.

The Student Counselling Services of the Department of Cooperative Studies is on hand to help

With some 20 degree programmes on offer, the HWR Berlin is the largest provider of cooperative studies degree programmes in Germany’s capital city. The Student Counselling Services for cooperative studies degree programmes provides advice and answers all questions relating to cooperative studies degree programme at the HWR Berlin.

Das sind deine Master-Studiengänge

Master of Science, Master of Arts, MBA, part-time or co-operative studies Master’s degree programme − the HWR Berlin teaches around 18 Master’s degree programmes.

How to apply

The correct application procedure for a Master’s degree programme depends on the university degree which you hold, the degree programme for which you wish to apply and the department in which it is taught. An overview of the relevant information is found here:

Please note the application deadlines

Please keep the application deadlines in mind. All applications must have been received at the HWR Berlin by the deadline. Make sure that your documents are complete and correct.

Infos der Fachbereiche

Further information about the Master’s degree programmes is provided on the departmental websites.

We plan to ensure that the usual application periods established at the HWR Berlin apply despite the exigencies of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Up-to-date information about any changes is provided here.

Find out more about the application deadlines here:

Applications for cooperative studies degree programmes

Applications for cooperative studies degree programmes are to be sent directly to the relevant partner company, often a year before the planned start of studies.

Bachelor’s degree programme: make sure that your documents are complete and correct

Applications for a place on a Bachelor’s degree programme taught at the HWR Berlin must be complete; you will not be able to submit missing documents after the application deadline. You should submit all requisite school leaving qualifications and proofs of language proficiency with your application. If you have not done so, these documents can be submitted at a later date; it is imperative however, that they are submitted before the application deadline.


Co-operative studies Bachelor’s degree programme: submitting your university entrance qualification after the application has been sent

Exceptions from this rule apply to cooperative Bachelor’s degree programmes and the German-French degree programme International Management. If you are applying for these degree programmes, you can submit your university entrance qualification at any point up to the commencement of the degree programme.


Master’s degree programme: submitting your Bachelor’s degree transcript at a later point in exceptional cases

Applicants for a Master’s degree programme taught at the HWR Berlin can submit their Bachelor’s degree transcript at a later point if their final examinations are to be held outside the application period.

Please note:

  • In such cases, you will need to submit an official preliminary summary of your grades, which includes the preliminary average final grade of your Bachelor’s degree program.
  • You are also required to submit confirmation from your university that you will have completed your degree programme before your proposed Master’s degree programme at the HWR Berlin is set to start.

If you are set to receive your Bachelor’s degree transcript after receiving confirmation of admission from the HWR Berlin, please send an authenticated copy to the Student Office of your department.


FAQs about the COVID-19 pandemic: what is the current situation at the HWR Berlin?

Exceptions to the usual regulations relating to applications, examinations or teaching can be in force during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consult the newest regulations which will be updated here:

Submit proof of language proficiency by the beginning of the semester

Applications should include the requisite proofs of language proficiency. The exigencies of the current COVID-19 pandemic mean however that in exceptional cases, the deadline for submitting these proofs can be extended to the official start of the semester.

Please note: In this case, admission to your degree programme can be granted under the condition that you submit the requisite proofs by the deadline.

TOEFL ibT online

Potential applicants can sit the TOEFL ibT test online from their home. ETS has extended the availability of the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Tests at all locations at which TOEFL iBT Tests are usually available with the exception of the Chinese mainland and Iran.

Further information is available here:

It is currently not possible to complete other proofs of language proficiency accepted at the HWR Berlin online.

Copies suffice initially

Due to the exigencies of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the HWR Berlin is currently accepting copies of certificates and other proofs.

You need to submit the original or authenticated copies by the start of the semester

  • If your certificates and transcripts have not been composed in German or English, you will need to obtain an authenticated translation into German or English.
  • All documents on which we base our admissions decision must have been submitted in original or authenticated translation by the start of the semester at the latest.

This depends on the method which you used to submit your application.

Applications submitted via Hochschulstart

Have you submitted an application via Hochschulstart, the information and application portal provided by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung? You can view the status of your application directly on the Hochschulstart website. Do not forget to log-on with your personal access codes:


Applications submitted via Finca, the online application portal of the HWR Berlin

Have you applied via Finca, the online application portal used by the Department of Public Administration, Legal Studies, Police and Security Management and Berlin Professional School? You can check the status of your application online in Finca. Do not forget to log-on with your personal access codes:


Applications submitted via Campus4u, the online application portal of the HWR Berlin

Du hast dich über Campus4u, das Online-Bewerbungsportal des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaften und der Berlin Professional School an der HWR Berlin beworben? Leider ist es technisch nicht möglich, den Status deiner Bewerbung einzusehen.


Applications submitted via Uni Assist:

Have you submitted an application to the HWR Berlin on the strength of a non-German school-leaving qualification or university degree via Uni Assist? Uni Assist will check your application in accordance with HWR Berlin criteria.

  • You will usually receive notification of the result of your test result within four to six weeks.
  • Uni Assist will send direct e-mail notification as soon as the result of the test is available in your “My assist Account” under “My inbox”.
  • You will be entered for the selection procedure as soon as Uni Assist sends your documents to the HWR Berlin.
  • The HWR Berlin will provide notification of admission.

Applying for a cooperative studies degree programme

Please address any enquiries relating to the status of your application directly to the partner company. The HWR Berlin is not involved in selecting applicants for admission to a cooperative studies degree programme. The HR department of the company to which you have applied will answer your question.

Applications usually require between two and four weeks for processing

It usually takes between two and four weeks to process the application documents and establish a ranking. The earliest time after which you could receive notification of admission is two weeks after the application deadline.

Please note: This period can be extended if we have received an especially high number of applications.

When are rejections sent out?

The HWR Berlin will only send notification of rejection once the admissions procedure has been completed. The HWR usually sends notifications of rejection for the winter semester in September; notifications of rejection for the summer semester are usually sent in March. This usually also applies to applications sent via Uni Assist.

Please note: This information only relates to applications sent via Hochschulstart, Finca or Campus4u.

The deadlines do not apply for cooperative degree programmes and internal degree programmes

These programmes are subject to other application procedures and deadlines.

Further information about the admission procedure from the various departments:

Commencing studies: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol? How do I receive my Student ID card and semester ticket? Each first semester student has a to-do list:

Starting your studies with enrolment

After accepting your place to study on a degree programme at the HWR Berlin, you need to enrol; this marks the commencement of your studies. Upon enrolment you become a member of the university and can use all its facilities and attend classes.

Please address all concerns relating to issues such as enrolment, intermission, study abroad, re-enrolment, confirmation of enrolment, the semester fee and disenrolment to the Admission and Enrolment Services or Course Office.

Do not forget to re-enrol

Students are required to re-enrol and pay the semester fee by the set deadlines. Re-enrolment serves as confirmation that you wish to remain enrolled at the HWR Berlin in the coming semester.

Further information:

Online on Campus4u or Finca

Depending on the department in which you are studying, you can print out confirmation of enrolment from Campus4u or Finca:

Please note

Students of the Department of Cooperative Studies are unable to view their confirmation of enrolment online; their department will send this via e-mail.

Two locations in Schöneberg and Lichtenberg

Degree programmes offered by the Department of Business and Economics are taught on the Schöneberg Campus of the HWR Berlin. Degree programmes offered by the Departments of Cooperative Studies, Public Administration, Legal Studies and Police and Security Management are taught on the Lichtenberg Campus.

Find out more here:

Important information by e-mail

Upon enrolment, you will be given an HWR e-mail address with which to perform all communication with other students and members of the university and teaching staff. We recommend that you read your e-mails regularly so as not to miss any important information.

You have mobile access to this account via the internet.

Further information:

Logging in to the HWR Berlin WIFI free-of-charge

You can use free-of-charge WIFI on mobile devices at both the Lichtenberg Campus and Schöneberg Campus. You will need a special tool called Education Roaming. The tool and the step-by-step instructions for setting up your network can be found on the homepage of the IT department.

Further information:

Your most important companion for your studies

Your CampusCard is your best friend for the duration of your studies at the HWR Berlin. It functions as a student ID, semester ticket, dining hall card and library card all rolled into one. You can collect your CampusCard as soon as you have enrolled. You do not have to wait for the start of the semester.

Accessing your personal QR code

Your CampusCard is issued using a QR-Code, which the departments provide in Finca or Campus4u. Department 2 Cooperative Studies sends its students their QR code by e-mail.

The validity of your card is recorded on its rear side. This means that you need to validate your card for the coming semester after each re-enrolment.

Machines at the Lichtenberg Campus and Schöneberg Campus

You can update your CampusCard on the machines at the Lichtenberg Campus and Schöneberg Campus within the opening hours of the buildings in which they are located. You should expect long waiting times at the start of the semester.

The machines are located here:

  1. Schöneberg Campus
    Foyer of House B, ground floor
    Badensche Straße 50-51
    10825 Berlin
  2. Lichtenberg Campus
    Foyer of House 1, ground floor
    Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60 
    10315 Berlin

Important: Registering on-campus presence by e-mail

The current pandemic regulations require all universities in Berlin to document the presence of all students and members of the university and teaching staff on their campuses. This is intended to enable the health authorities to trace the contacts of infected people. This means that every visit to HWR rooms must be documented. Please send a message to: anwesenheit(at)hwr-berlin.de.

Your e-mail must contain the following information:

  • Forename and surname
  • Telephone number 
  • Complete address or e-mail
  • Date and time of your presence on a campus of the HWR Berlin

Comply with social distancing and hygiene regulations

Social distancing rules apply:

  • Maintain a minimum of 1.5 metres distance from other persons in all the buildings and grounds of the HWR Berlin.
  • Wear a mask in all buildings
  • Leave the building as soon as you have updated your CampusCard
  • Do not congregate in groups

Have you lost your CampusCard?

If you lose your CampusCard or it is stolen, you need to go to the Admission and Enrolment Services or University Library and arrange to have it disabled.

Further information:

Travel through Berlin and Brandenburg on your semester ticket

Your CampusCard also serves as your semester ticket. This ticket is valid on all public transport provided by the Verkehrsverbunds Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) in fare zones Berlin ABC. A valid semester ticket entitles its holder to travel on all U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram, bus, ferry and regional railway routes for the duration of a semester. Please note: The semester ticket is not valid on special services and extra tours.

Paying the semester fee and using the semester ticket

A vote by HWR Berlin students endorsed the provision of the semester ticket. It represents a case of social financing. The transfer of your semester fee upon enrolment or re-enrolment includes the purchase of a semester ticket, even if you do not make use of the travel to which it entitles. Payment for the semester ticket is due upon enrolment and re-enrolment.

Do not forget your official ID card

The semester ticket is non-transferable and valid only with your official ID card. You can find out how to validate your semester ticket under the heading: CampusCard.

Further information:

The semester will start as planned

The next semester at the HWR Berlin will start as usual, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We will inform you of any changes on this website and on the COVID-19 information pages of the HWR Berlin.

You can find more information about the semester times here:

For a successful start to your studies

All the departments at the HWR Berlin with the exception of Department 2 host introductory events for new students. Here you can make important contacts and find out about the most important aspects of your degree programme and university routine. You will also meet your fellow students.

Information about the start of your studies via Moodle or e-mail

Important information about the commencement of your studies is available in Moodle or will be sent to your e-mail inbox.

Registering for courses via the Campus Management System

View your timetable, access your grades, and register for courses or courses in the General Studies programme: students at the Department of Business and Economics can use the Campus4u Campus Management System to organize their studies:

Students at the Department of Public Administration, Department of Legal Studies and the Department of Police and Security Management use Finca:

How to log in

Enter your personal user ID for your HWR Berlin account to log in to Campus4u or Finca. We will send your user name and password with your enrolment pack.

Further information: