Helmut Schmidt University
Fall or Spring Semesters
Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), also known as the University of Hamburg, was founded in 1973 as a German military educational establishment. The university was named after Helmut Schmidt, the Federal Minister of Defense of Germany who published a decree in 1970 declaring that a university should be established to educate the members of the German Federal Armed Forces, and prepare them for the civilian world outside of the military.
Helmut Schmidt University is divided into 4 academic colleges, or “faculties,” which include the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. Originally a university with only 300 students, HSU now has over 2,500 students in attendance and contains the largest department of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg.
Attendance to Helmut Schmidt University is open only to officer and officer candidates of the German Federal Armed Forces and candidates from other countries
. While the academic content at HSU remains similar to that of public universities in Germany, HSU requires that all military personnel in attendance at the university complete certain standard procedures each year. These trainings include 20/25/30 km marches on foot with a 25 kg backpack, basic fitness tests, NBC training, first aid training, and small arms training. HSU prides itself in its ability to train and educate military members physically as well as mentally.
Helmut Schmidt University is located in Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port, Hamburg.
Marked by its rich and diverse culture as a port city, Hamburg is dotted with numerous multicultural eateries and cafes and extensive museums. Red, double-decker buses provide hop-on, hop-off tours of the city, and tourists are also welcome to take “cruises” in which one can tour the water-front portions of the city by boat.
Tourists often find themselves interested in wandering through the streets of Hamburg, visiting the Gothic warehouses, the famous Fischmarkt, Hamburg’s 2,500-animal zoo, the Hamburg dungeon, or Germany’s largest Protestant baroque church, St. Michaeliskirche
. Traveling through the city is easy with the train system, bike rental, or taxi service. But, Hamburg visitors also have the option of seeing the city from a bird’s-eye view on the High-Flyer Balloon tour, in which one travels 150 m into the air while remaining tethered to the city below. Whether you’re looking for interesting foods, informational excursions, or adventurous trips through the streets and rivers of the city, Hamburg is sure to please a diverse array of visitors.
Students can choose to study abroad during
- This program is limited to students in the Corps of Cadets by pre-selection only - please contact Meredith Simpson BEFORE beginning an application
- Have a classification of Junior or Senior by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Proficiency in English or German
- Must obtain a student visa if necessary
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
At HSU, students have the option of studying a variety of courses in the fields of electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering, business administrations, political science, economics, educational sciences, psychology, and history. A list of possible courses and descriptions can be found at the HSU Course Description Webpage.
- Fall Semester (October to December, trimester I)
- Spring Semester (January to June, trimesters II & III)
Most courses at HSU average 20 students per professor, but will be accelerated due to the shortened twelve-week period of time the courses take place. HSU has been known to help each of their students obtain a degree in less than 3 years, resulting in an average of 75 credits being completed by each student every academic year. All courses taken by the exchange student at HSU must first be approved for credit by the student’s home university before the student may begin registration.
Students who study at HSU live in modern residential blocks on campus, in which all residents on one floor of the building share a large living area, shower area, and a spacious kitchen.
Each student has their own furnished bedroom with a separate bathroom and wash room. Food is available in various places around campus, including in the university cafeteria.
HSU students generally follow their own routines, and are permitted to walk around campus in an every-day outfit or in their military uniforms
. Various extracurricular activities, created by students, for students, and a fully-equipped gym and fitness studio allow for a strengthening in the sense of community at HSU. You can learn more about the housing at HSU at the living at HSU webpage
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship
and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding
or visit for walk-in advising.
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs. These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit: https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form. Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates. Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student