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In this section we would like to tell you a little bit about what you can expect from student life at NBS. 

Buddy Program

In order to help you during your first days and weeks in Hamburg we offer a Buddy Program. Just express your interest to the International Office and we will try to find a German student that will welcome you to NBS personally and help you find your way around NBS and Hamburg.

Events and Networking

Student life shouldn't only be about studying, but also about socializing and having fun. Therefore, each term the party committee – composed of NBS students – organizes a semester party for their fellow students. Get together and have fun! Beside the semester party a lot of other events happen throughout the year, e.g. joint watching of soccer games and having a barbecue on the terrace. 

We also offer many opportunities to network and learn more about the "real life" that is wating for you along the road. NBS organizes different networking events during the course of your studies, e.g. in order to get to know people that are already working in well-known companies.

"Cup der Privaten": Football Tournament in Berlin

Once a year, the "Cup der Privaten", a football tournament attended by universities from all over Europe, takes place in Berlin. For the fifth time already, the NBS Northern Business School participated in the football tournament in May 2019. 50 teams from Germany, Austria, Italy and Turkey competed against each other on two match days. The "NBS All Stars" team was accompanied by a number of motivated NBS fans who showed full commitment on the sidelines. After many matches (and quite some partying) the team took a proud fourth place. We are looking forward to the next trip in spring 2020!


The networking event "Kaminabend" (Fireplace Evening) takes place at least once a semester in all NBS degree programs. For this purpose, a representative of a company from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is invited to meet with students in a small group, to talk about everyday working life and to answer all questions. For the students, this is a great opportunity to build their own network and gain insights into potential careers.

Other networking events include the forums within the study programs which take place once a year. On an interesting topic, several practitioners are invited to link up the industry and also give students the opportunity to practice networking. Most recently, the "Hamburg Trend Forum" on the topic "Real Estate Financing" and the "Forum Security Management" took place. These events offer not only exciting and thematically varied lectures, but also the opportunity for professional exchange with students, scientists and practice representatives.

Excursions at NBS

The fact that studying should not only take place in lecture halls and seminar rooms has long been internalized by the lecturers of Northern Business School and they put this knowledge into practice again and again: to introduce the students to the practice and give them insights into the actual working world. Therefore, excursions and on-site visits take place in different modules each semester, e.g. an excursion to Berlin within the study program "Security Management" to visit the Federal Armed Forces or a visit of a logistics company to get to know more about how a big harbour such as Hamburg's works. Practical study opportunities are a major concern of the NBS, as such experiences make the constant transfer of knowledge between universities and industry possible.

One example happened in October 2019: As part of their lecture in European Economic Law, the master degree students in Business Management of the NBS had the opportunity to meet the Minister of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Sütterlin-Waack at the German-Finnish-Port Day 2019 in Hansecity Lübeck. Read more about this excursion here.

"This time in Hamburg made me realize that my experiences abroad are not over and this was only the very beginning!"

Mariana Cunha, Erasmus student from Lisbon, spent one semester at NBS in Hamburg. Read more about her experience here.

Orientation Days

In the beginning, everything is new and maybe even confusing: Where do the lectures take place? When are the exams? And how can I log into the Wi-Fi? All those questions are answered during the orientation days at the start of your studies at NBS. Beside presentations by the examination management department, the IT department and our International Office, the evening get-together offers an opportunity to get to know your fellow students. Please consider that all of the informational lectures are held in German. If you don’t know any (or enough) German, please get in touch with the International Office.   

College Wear

If you are an international student studying at NBS, we will welcome you with a shirt from our own college wear and ask you to take a picture of you at one of your favorite places in Hamburg wearing it. Please go see a member of the International Office if you just arrived!

You can of course also buy other pieces from the college wear in the online shop: (only in German). 
All products are sold without commission; the NBS does not make a profit by selling the college wear.