Nautical Science and Maritime Traffic

Set sail and discover new horizons.

In the field of maritime shipping, issues surrounding the environment, engineering, logistics and safety are of great importance.

Our new “Center for Modeling & Simulation”, allows us to perfectly replicate nautical and logistical problems, corporate and ship-based operations, and processes in the fields of shipbuilding and the environmental and material sciences.

New simulation facilities, e.g. for offshore installations, liquid cargo and engine rooms, have been set up specifically for Nautical Science students. This ensures that our students are perfectly prepared for any situation and type of load. Our family-like atmosphere means that any open questions and problems that arise can be dealt with under close supervision.

The annual training voyage on a schooner and the practical training semester spent at sea form the practical part of the course, serving to broaden our students’ nautical knowledge.

Thanks to the broad foundation that our course provides, primarily to prepare students for work at sea, our graduates are also more than capable of carrying out a range of tasks on land.


Bachelor of Science

Course type

Standard period of study
8 semester

Course starts
Summer semester and winter semester


Teaching language
German and English (English for people who start in the summer term)

Entrance requirements
Entitlement to study at an institute of higher education, certificate of fitness for sea service

Admission restrictions

Credit points
240 ECTS

Accredited by ZEvA

ISO 9001 certification by DNV

The Faculty of Maritime Sciences

Here you can find the answers to the most common questions we are beeing asked by our internationals students.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Am I eligible to study this bachelor programme? / What kind of documents do I have to upload?
    • It is highly recommended to have seagoing experience before the start of the studies.
    • Document prooving the medical fitness for sea service according to STCW.
    • Document confirming university entrance allowance.
    • Proof of English skills level B2.
    • Recommended proof of basic safety training (including the Security Related Training!)  according to STCW.
  2. Where can I apply for a study place?
    • Please see this link here and follow uni assist. At the top on the right side you can switch the language into Englisch „Sprache“.
  3. What is the application period? Deadline?
    • Until 15th March
  4. What time will it take to receive a result? Admission letter?
    • After about 6 weeks - we as university have no influence on the process of UniAssist.
  5. Do I have to proof my English skills? B2?
    • Yes, by handing in a TOEFL Test or IELTS.
  6. Does the university offer accomodation for students? What are the alternatives in Leer?
  7. When do I have to apply for a visa? What is the exact procedure? How can the university assist?
    • Please apply for a visa upon receipt of the admission letter. You have to contact the German embassy in your home country. They will share information about the documents you have to prepare. In case the admission letter from the university is not sufficient, please let us know.
  8. Where can I open a blocked account? How much money do I have to store there?
    • Please find more information here (German Ministry of Forgein Affairs) and here (Expatrio relocation platform for international students and expatriates wishing to live in Germany.)
  9. What will be the living costs in Leer?
    • The rent will be about 310 € per month, weekly expenses 20-50 € for alimentary etc.
  10. How much is the semester fee?
    • You can find the latest fees here.
  11. When and how do I apply for the recognition of performances?
    • After you have started your studies.
    • You will have access to a form to be filled in and to hand in at the matriculation and examination office. The procedure is explained and the chairman of the examination board will make the final decision.
  12. What are the lecture dates/times/room?
    • In general the lectures will be daily throughout the semester. Detailed information can be found on the homepage before the semester starts.
  13. What is the registration period for the assessments?
    • You will be informed during the semester.
  14. Will the lectures be recorded?
    • They won´t be recorded.
  15. How many ECTS do I need to apply for the bachelor thesis?
    • Please have a look at the exam regulation.
  16. How can I apply for a semester on leave?
    • As a student you have access to a common communication platform called Moodle. If you want to apply for a semester on leave you can find a form and information there.
  17. I was not able to pass all exams last semester. When and how can I resit?
    • At least once a year.

Graduates of our Nautical Science & Maritime Traffic degree travel around the world on ships of all sizes, first as officers in charge of a navigational watch and later as fully-fledged captains.
They are sought-after specialists, both at sea and on land. On land, they are faced with employment opportunities both in the public sector (e.g. harbour captain) and in the private sector (shipping companies, classification societies).


The course is very diverse and has a strong practical focus – partly due to the mandatory practical training semester.

Students are prepared for all the eventualities which could occur on board a ship or when dealing with their own shipping company.

Here you can find the study plan (PDF).

Link to our application portal

Application deadlines

Regular application deadlines:
Summer semester: Until the 15th of March
Winter semester: Until the 30th of September

Applicants with a foreign certificate of qualification for universities of applied science matriculation can apply via the uni assist portal.
Please enter "Nautik und Seeverkehr" in the search criteria field.