Welcome to Helmut Schmidt University

University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg: Specialists and executives for tomorrows armed forces


Studied in the lecture hall

The Helmut Schmidt University offers 28 degree programs in shorter time frame. All degree programs are accredited by civilian quality insurance agencies. It is possible to obtain a Bachelor‘s degree in seven trimesters (2 ¼ years) and a Master‘s degree in another five trimesters (1 ¾ years). All in all, studies should not take longer than four years.
In addition to their major field of study all students have to study interdisciplinary modules. Here they obtain general career-related skills and interdisciplinary and inter-methodological competences.
Language training is mandatory for all students, as is the completion of work experience placements.
In general, teaching takes place in classes with no more than 25 students.

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Laboratorium für Leistungselektronik. Foto: Reinhard Scheiblich)

Research conditions are excellent, with laboratories of high technical standards and well-stocked libraries. The Helmut Schmidt University works in close cooperation with other universities, non-university research facilities and companies in Hamburg and its metropolitan area.
The University is network member of Hamburg Aviation, one of the first leading-edge clusters with a total funding of 80 million euros. It is a partner in the Biocatalysis2021 research cluster, which develops biotechnological methods for manufacturing processes. The Helmut Schmidt University cooperates with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Centre for Materials and Coastal Research) in the field of materials research, in which both institutions are world leaders in
their respective disciplines.
Together with the University of Hamburg, the Hamburg University of Technology, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the HafenCity University Hamburg, the Helmut Schmidt University established the Renewable Energy Research Group. Research clusters at the university comprise Cognitive Science, Sustainable Power Systems and Aeronautics Research.

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International Relations

Zwei Soldaten in bunten Uniformen stecken einem dritten Soldaten mit Federbusch am Hut neue Epauletten auf die Schulter.

The Helmut Schmidt University collaborates with universities and institutions of higher education throughout the world. A study abroad
term is offering students an opportunity to study their field at another university, to gain diverse new impressions, to broaden their
individual horizons and to improve their personal development.
There are more than 50 partner universities to choose from.
The university offers exchange programs with universities in Australia, Austria, Brasil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greek, Hungary, Island, Israel, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America and  Uzbekistan.

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Continuing Education

Voller Hörsaal bei SPIEGEL live in der Uni. (Foto: Reinhard Scheiblich)

Our Academy for Continuing Scientific Education (ZWW) offers various Master-degree programs and other courses on a part-time basis.
Developing and providing high-quality certification modules and further education courses with a main emphasis on the public sector is supposed to achieve two goals: First, fulfil the further education mandate of the Hamburg Higher Education Act in the best possible way. Second, with regard to personnel development and lifelong learning make an essential contribution to the further development of the HSU as an internationally oriented science partner of the Federal Government.

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