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International School of Management (ISM) Campus Hamburg

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Description of International School of Management (ISM) Campus Hamburg

  • Established year: 1990
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Age of students: from 18
  • Number of students: 910
  • Language of instruction: English, German
  • Type of study: private university.

The International School of Management provides an ideal foundation for professional success after graduation. ISM's applied education inspires students to take on managerial responsibility in a global business environment. Thanks to one of the largest partner networks of universities (consisting of about 190 universities), you can start learning your dream in one of the most dynamically developing economic regions of Europe.

Educational process

The university specializes in degree programs in business analytics and international management. The university offers bachelor's and master's programs with full-time and part-time forms of study.

ISM students develop language and intercultural skills through intensive foreign language training, study abroad at one of ISM's 190 partner universities, internships – graduates gain practical experience outside of Germany during a 10-week internship abroad.

Participants in the Master's programme spend the third semester at an ISM partner university either in Europe or abroad. The integrated 12-week practical phase can also take place outside Germany if the student so wishes. Participants of the ISM Master's programs have the opportunity to obtain an international double degree.

The study programs "B.Sc International Management, Bachelor of Science", "Finance and Management" (on campuses in Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree "Information Systems" (on campuses Dortmund, Munich and Hamburg) can be studied 100% in English. In German-language programs, approximately 30% of lectures are conducted in English, especially in the senior semesters. To study these programs, you need at least a level of German proficiency B2.

Faculties and colleges

ISM has seven campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Berlin.

Scientific achievements

ISM conducts research and development in various academic fields: qualitative, practical and comprehensive training is based on theoretical ideas, supplemented by knowledge gained as a result of applied research. Participation in research projects teaches and encourages students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. After graduation, they organize tasks faster and more efficiently independently than graduates of other universities. ISM scholars, students, and partners benefit from scholarly discourse.

Since 2011, ISM has been actively involved in the related research of the innovative city of Ruhr.

Things to know about

Hamburg has become an economic and cultural center thanks to Germany's largest seaport. It has connections with the whole world, and the logistics sector is one of the leading industries in Hamburg (along with the media and information industry, medicine and biotechnology).

Programs and prices, tuition fees in International School of Management (ISM) Campus Hamburg

Program name
All year round
from 36780.00 € / year
from 36780.00 € / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 23340.00 € / year
from 23340.00 € / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

ISM does not contain its own dormitories, so international students will have to look for an apartment on site on their own. 


  • Hamburg-Mitte
  • Altona
  • Eimsbüttel
  • Hamburg Nord
  • Hamburg-Wandsbek
  • Hamburg-Bergedorf
  • Hamburg-Harburg.

If you are interested in joint rental, there are sites for the selection of student housing. The Homelike platform allows you to search, request and book an apartment, sign a lease agreement 100% online (the resource offers mainly furnished apartments).

In Hamburg, there are many online sites where apartments with full finishing are rented, including all communications + WiFi.

Activities International School of Management (ISM) Campus Hamburg

  • The Buddy Program is designed to support international students. Senior ISM students help beginners get used to it, contact them before arrival, travel together, spend evenings.
  • Student clubs range from consulting (ConsultISM), tourism (AK TourISM), politics (PolitISM) to finance (AK Banking).
  • Student parties are a great chance to meet local students and have some fun. Hamburg has a lot to offer young people, there is always something going on here!


  • Teachers and students from different countries
  • Intensive language training
  • The opportunity to gain valuable experience during your stay abroad
  • About 190 well-known partner universities
  • Teachers from the business world
  • Practical training content and projects with well-known companies
  • Small study groups and personal atmosphere
  • Individual support
  • The ratio of teachers / students of the university 1: 7
  • 100% Open Door Policy
  • Language courses: French, Spanish, Italian, German
  • Practical skills
  • Health Coach Barmer
  • Cooperation with fitness studios
  • State-of-the-art software
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Training of business trainers at Kienbaum Institute@ISM
  • Optimal preparation for a global career and professional life
  • Support for the Career Centre at the employment stage
  • Opportunity for professional development during national and international internships.

Facilities and equipment at International School of Management (ISM) Campus Hamburg

The Hamburg campus was opened in September 2010. Around 560 students are currently studying at the private University of Hamburg in two modern buildings in the Hafencity district. The city centre and the main train station are just a ten-minute walk away. A cosmopolitan metropolis or a rugged but charming Hanseatic city, Hamburg combines many facets. It forms the cultural and economic center of Northern Germany, its economic structure is connected with the service sector, which employs about 3/4 of all employees.

Admission dates and extra charges

The cost of teaching materials depends on the course of study and the semester = about 30-100 €.


  • 3000€ for candidates for bachelor's degree,
  • 3500€ for candidates for master's degree.

Enrolment process

Admission process for undergraduate studies

  • In the admission process, those applicants who are best suited to study at ISM due to their abilities, motivation and personality traits are selected.
  • The admission process takes place in one day and is divided into two parts: written assessments of academic performance in mathematics and English (online via Skype), a personal interview (online via Skype).
  • The assessment includes a test in mathematics and English. Undergraduate programs taught in English do not require prior knowledge of German, so there is no need for a test or a preliminary course.
  • Foreign applicants who cannot confirm the B2 level in German must take German as a second foreign language. All other applicants must choose between French and Spanish. If they already have skills in one of these languages, they will also be tested.
  • The in-person interview takes place as a classic job interview and explores the main personality traits. The interview includes questions about your career, professional and personal goals, and the reasons for your motivation to study.

If you have completed preparatory training, you can use the services of a third-party certified provider or take intensive preparatory courses ISM (English and Mathematics). The preparatory course of mathematics includes the solution of equations and systems of equations, differential and integral calculus. Cost of preparatory courses:

  • English – 360€,
  • Mathematics – 270€.

Certificates must be provided in writing (number of lessons, teacher, period, student) no later than the day of enrollment.

The process of admission to master's courses

The admission process consists of a case study and an interview. Applicants present the results of the case study in an oral presentation on the day of the entrance test.

After online registration, applicants receive a list of questions, they prepare answers to questions in the form of a presentation and written work for the interview day. Answers should be sent by e-mail at least 48 hours before the interview so that the admissions committee can evaluate them (otherwise applicants are not allowed to participate in the selection procedure).

The purpose of the interview is to study the qualities of the applicant's character. The content includes information about career, professional, personal goals and motivation to study + discussion of the results of the case study during the interview.

MBA Admission Process

The admission process consists of a case study and an interview. Applicants will present the results of the case study in an oral presentation on the day of the entrance test. After online registration, applicants will receive questions that they must submit in the form of a presentation and written development by the day of the interview. The results of the case study should be sent by e-mail at least 48 hours before the interview. 

The personal interview is conducted in English. The aim is, among other things, to assess the applicant's motivation and suitability.

Upon successful completion of the entrance test, students will receive a letter of acceptance: they will have 10 working days to accept the offer, sign the letter of acceptance and make a deposit.


With numerous innovative local companies in almost all industries, apprentices have a good choice for internships during their studies, excellent career opportunities after graduation.

The ISM Career Center is a service center for starting a career, a convenient interface between students, graduates and companies.

Whether it's career counseling, application coaching, or a company database, the Career Center can help you best prepare for your interview and identify career paths.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Documents for admission to the bachelor's degree:

  • Bachelor's application form:
  • Online registration for entrance tests
  • High School Diploma
  • Motivation letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of passport
  • Digital Photo
  • IELTS 6.0 (required only if the language of instruction in your secondary school is not English or if you do not pass the English entrance test).

The main documents of the application:

  • Basic form
  • Online registration for entrance tests
  • Bachelor's Certificate and Transcript
  • Motivation letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of passport
  • Digital Photo
  • IELTS 6.0 (required if the language of instruction at your university is not English or your bachelor's degree is older than 5 years)

Documents for admission to the MBA:

  • MBA Application Form
  • Online registration for entrance tests
  • Bachelor's Certificate and Transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Confirmation of 2 years of work experience after the first higher education
  • Motivation letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of passport
  • Digital Photo
  • IELTS 6.0 (required only if the language of instruction at your university is not English or you completed your undergraduate studies more than 5 years ago).

Scholarships International School of Management (ISM) Campus Hamburg

Early booking discount:

  • 1500 euros for the spring period until September 15,
  • 1500 euros for the autumn period until March 15 when signing the contract.

Discount Last Call:

  • 500 euros for the spring period until December 15,
  • 500 euros for the autumn period until June 15 when signing the contract.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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