Our International Office will support you with any questions or concerns related to studying abroad.
The hwtk is characterised by its international focus and expressly welcomes applications from students and prospective students from abroad.
You have achieved your university entrance qualification abroad and now you’d like to study in Germany? Our International Office is a central point of contact for prospective students and students from abroad. The staff will assist with any questions around successfully starting your studies at the hwtk, including:
- Application via uni-assist
- Conditional acceptance
- Proof of language proficiency
- Finding accommodation
- Information regarding visa application, health insurance and bank matters
FAQs for prospective international students
How do I apply?
Please start your application on our website, where you can find the hwtk application form. Please make sure your application is complete, with all the necessary information and documents, so that we can process it as quickly and efficiently as possible. We’ll need a letter of motivation, your CV, an application photograph, school or university records, and, in some cases, proof of your language skills or the internships you’ve done.
Do I need to apply via uni-assist?
If you have a university entrance qualification from abroad, you must apply via uni-assist in addition to applying via the hwtk website. Uni-assist takes approximately four to six weeks to process an application, so it’s important that you apply on time.
Please note: If you completed your schooling at a German school abroad (allgemeine Hochschulreife), you do not need to apply via uni-assist.
What language skills do I need proof of?
If you are applying for a bachelor’s degree offered in German, you will need to provide proof of German level B2 and English level B1. For the English-language bachelor’s degree International Management*, you will need proof of English level B2 or higher; no knowledge of German is required. If you’ve decided on a master’s degree in German, you’ll need to provide proof of German level C1. For an English-language master’s degree, you’ll need to provide proof of English level C1. For more about the levels, see the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Which language certificates are recognised?
The hwtk recognises most language certificates, for example, IELTS, TOEFL, or TestDaF. In cooperation with the F+U Academy of Languages in Berlin, we also offer affordable preparatory courses and language certifications for hwtk applicants.
When is the application deadline?
The hwtk has no application deadlines. However, your application should reach us by the start of the semester at the latest. Do however note that application via uni-assist takes approximately four to six weeks. We would therefore recommend that you apply at least two months before studies commence, or three to four months before starting in the dual work-study model.
When does the winter semester start and finish? When does the summer semester start and finish?
The summer semester starts on 1 April and finishes on 30 September. The winter semester starts on 1 October and ends on 31 March.
How much does studying at the hwtk cost?
The Bachelor’s in Business Administration costs €580 per month, regardless of which study model you have chosen – full-time studies or the dual work-study model. In most cases, the cooperating company covers a dual work-study student’s tuition fees. The Master’s in Business Management and Development costs €590 per month. The cost also remains the same regardless of the study model. The cost for the English Master’s in International Management comes to €620 per month. If you enrol for the Master’s in International Management in the distance learning model, a few options for payment terms are available. More information on tuition fees is available on the hwtk website.
How do I find a cooperating company when I apply to study in the dual work-study model?
If you have decided on the dual work-study model, the hwtk’s Student and Cooperating Company Services section will help you to find a suitable cooperating company. In the matching process, we’ll check your documents (letter of motivation, CV, photograph, academic record) and then relay them to suitable companies. To increase your chances of landing a place in the dual work-study model, you should however also apply to companies on your own.
What is the cost of living like in Berlin?
The cost of living in Berlin mainly depends on your personal lifestyle. Generally students spend most of their available funds on rent. You can expect basic living expenses to come to at least €700 per month. Note: This does not include tuition fees! So you can get around Berlin easily, the hwtk will provide you with a student ticket for the public transport system each semester. You will generally need to cover the cost of the ticket yourself; in some cases a cooperating company might cover the cost for a dual work–study student.
Where can I find a place to live?
Finding a flat or apartment in Berlin can be a challenge. Most students search for accommodation using a number of well-known platforms, like WG-Gesucht, eBay Kleinanzeigen, ImmobilienScout24, or Stundenten-WG. It can also be worthwhile to take a look at notice boards at other universities or to search via social media. (WG stands for Wohngemeinschaft, meaning a flatshare or shared apartment.)
Can I work part-time while I study?
It is usually possible to work part-time while you study. Please check in advance whether your visa will include the option for you to work while you study.