International Class

Andrea Gjestvang in conversation with students from the International Class, 2017. Photo: Jan Philipp Eberstein

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography International Class

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover is currently the only institution in Germany that offers a degree course in photography with a focus on photojournalism and documentary photography. In an inspiring environment combining theory and practical training, our students are taught everything they need to know about visual storytelling and documentary photography. They also learn to develop their individual profiles as photographers. In March 2017 the International Class was created as a complement to the BA programme in order to promote internationalisation and strengthen the exchange of ideas with post-secondary institutions both within and beyond Europe.

The International Class is integrated into the current curriculum of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme and taught entirely in English. In this one-semester programme, students will learn how to visualize topics and content for the entire spectrum of journalistic publications, all within the discourse of documentary photography. Classes are held by faculty members as well as by internationally acclaimed photographers and other experts, such as Andrea Gjestvang, Mads Nissen and Dominic Nahr. Students interested in the International Class should have an abiding interest in the specific orientation of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme and should have had some experience in this area. We want students who are looking for a highly creative environment where they will be encouraged to test their boundaries as visual storytellers. Every student in the International Class should have a convincing portfolio and good English skills (at least level B2/CEFR).

The International Class is aimed primarily at students from our partner institutions but we also encourage other students who are at an advanced undergraduate (bachelor) level to apply.

For additional information, please see: Magazine „International Class“ (PDF)

If you have any questions about the study content of the International Class please contact us:
If you have questions about the application process please contact:

Basic Facts

  • One-semester programme, early March until July (summer semester)
  • Full-time study (16 hours/week), 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction is English
  • BA level
  • € 360.00 student fees
  • Location at Expo Plaza, Hanover, Germany
  • Application must be submitted no later than October 30th for the following year
  • a maximum of 16 places will be offered each year for international students


  • Documentary Narratives (2 Hours/Week, 5 ETCS/Credits, March-July)
  • Portrait Photography (2 Hours/Week, 6 ETCS/Credits, March-July)
  • Politics of Representation (2 Hours/Week, 3 ETCS/Credits, March-July)
  • Photobook (5 Hours/Week, 12 ETCS/Credits, March-July)
  • Practice and Theory of Curating and Exhibition (2 Hours/Week, 3 ETCS/Credits, March-July)
  • Elective Course (3 Hours/Week, 3 ETCS/Credits, March-July)

Infrastructure and Equipment

The students in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme are guided by a team of professors, lecturers and laboratory assistants. They have access to an extensive support system, personal advising and state-of-the-art equipment including a photo studio and darkroom, fully equipped computer and printing rooms, and a wide range of rental cameras and gear.

Application Requirements

  • English proficiency (at least B2 level/CEFR)
  • University enrolment certificate (bachelor level)
  • Health insurance

How to Apply

Deadline for application for the International Class 2022 (March till July 2022) is 15th October 2021.

First steps for students from our partner universities
Are you a student at one of our partner universities? Do you want to come to us via the ERASMUS programme? Then you must first be nominated by your university.
The nomination deadline is 15 October.

To do so, please contact the International Office at your home university.

After you have been nominated by your home university and after the nomination deadline, you will receive an email from us explaining the next steps. After the nomination you would have to apply in our portal.

First steps for “freemover”
If you do not study at one of our partner universities and would like to come to us for a semester you are welcomed to do so as a „freemover“.

“Freemovers” are not nominated by their university, but apply directly to Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. If you are interested in joining the International Class as a “freemover”, please write an email at lately by 15 October.

After you have notified us of your interest, we will contact you after the deadline and inform you about the next steps of your application.

Next steps
For the next step you will be asked to hand in the following documents:

  • A digital portfolio of previous works (2-3 projects/series; each project/series containing 12-15 photographs).
  • Motivation letter (500 words) describing why you want to join the programme.
  • A letter of recommendation, and preferably further references, if available.
  • A complete CV of yours.

More Information about how to apply you can find here.

Dominic Nahr discussing portfolios with students, 2017. Photo: Maximilian von Lachner / HS Hanover

Partner Institutions

  • Belfast School of Art at Ulster University, Belfast (Erasmus)
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus (Erasmus
  • ESA LE75, Brussels (Erasmus)
  • Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Barcelona (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • KASK, Gent (Erasmus)
  • National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Erasmus)
  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon (Erasmus)

Photographer Mads Nissen with students from the International Class, 2017. Photo: Maximilian von Lachner / HS Hanover


Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover Faculty III – Media, Information and Design Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Expo Plaza 2 30539 Hannover

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