Hamburg – the city of the Europa-Kolleg
– And a good deal more –

Hamburg is…

… home port for more than 1.7 million people – and thus Germany’s second largest city

… characterized by the river Elbe.Take a stroll bare-foot by the beach or watch with amazement as the huge cargo ships sail upstream. And downstream. Who still needs Yoga exercises? But of course, this too is possible in Hamburg – in one of more than 150 Yoga studios

… where you’ll never be far away from the water side. Right in the heart of the city you’ll find the Alster, a playground for sailors and swans. In summer time, many canals are ideal for paddling or ferry tours – and – with a bit of chance – for  ice-skating and hot wine punch in winter

… green, green, green: The spacious Stadtpark (city park) and the central green embankments (Wallanlagen) are only two of about 30 large parks. And of many other small ones. Almost 10 percent of the city’s territory are recreation areas

…a fine balance between tradition and modernity. To be viewed for example  in HafenCity is a striking contrast between a brand-new quarter in cool concrete/glass architecture and the quaint red brick stone architecture of the old warehouse district, called Speicherstadt

… a melting pot, practiced cosmopolitanism and internationality for centuries

…. alive to global cultures. The city offers museums, galleries, cinemas, concert halls, opera, clubs, young design and an extraordinary restaurant scene

… a knowledge city, known for numerous study and research institutions

… a city, which one has to experience!

Information for New-Hamburgers

The team at the Hamburg Welcome Center advises you without a charge on all aspects of getting established in Hamburg – by telephone, by -mail or personally.

The HWC also provides a service whereby foreign executives, experts, scientists, self-employed individuals and their families can directly manage the legal aspects of the immigration and registration processes.

Foreign students studying at one of Hamburg’s higher education establishments may do their first registration and apply for the first issuance of their residence permit at the Hamburg Welcome Center.

The service is only possible for appointments booked in advance.


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First steps for new students

PIASTA (“Programm International für alle Studierende und Alumni” = “International programme for all students and alumni”), is a service of the International Department of the University of Hamburg.

The goal is an active exchange between German and international students. The activities include trips in and around Hamburg, seminars, computer first aid, café evenings, online networking, general and specific information and advice, among many others. The majority of activities are free of charge.