Overview

Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin

City: Berlin
Language of instruction: English, German

The main building of Humboldt Universität is conveniently located in the heart of Berlin. Currently, almost 37,000 young people study at the oldest university in Berlin which offers various classes in English that may vary from year to year. Different faculties and institutes are spread across the city, and can be reached with the well developed trains and buses of the Berlin public transportation system.

Berlin is the capitol of Germany and, with a population of 3.4 million, also the largest city. Berlin's architecture, culture and fashion reflect the city's charismatic and multicultural flair. History has left an indelible mark on Berlin where not only the city's memorials which evoke images of bygone days. Berlin's streets and squares also tell the tale of its unique, turbulent history.

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

Students must have German language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or a TestDaF certificate with a TDN 3 score in all four parts of the test.

Teaching at Humboldt is generally in German. Some internationally oriented Master courses are taught in English. Please note that there might be different language requirements

Each UBC student going on exchange to HU will be able to take one German language course (either intensive before the semester, or elementary German during the semester) as part of their exchange without having to pay the course fee to HU. Instead, students will pay UBC tuition for the credits obtained. Any additional German language courses will be covered by each student, as per the tuition fees at HU. This is a special system that has been set up only for UBC students. All other exchange students have to pay for all of the German language courses.

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study.

Term dates

HUB semester 1: Early October to Mid February

HUB semester 2: Early April to End of July

Notes on eligibility and timing

Students attending term 1 will not be able to return to UBC for term 2.

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

4 is a passing grade

Grading scheme

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

Students may enroll in regular degree courses or may consider the Berlin Perspectives program.  

Berlin Perspectives is a supplementary and interdisciplinary study programme for incoming international students at Humboldt-Universität. Geared towards students whose proficiency in German may not allow them to follow the German-speaking curriculum exclusively.The programme combines seminars in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences taught in English and German with a mandatory German course at HU's Sprachenzentrum. 

A full course load in English for Law is not available. This option is only suited for students with sufficient fluency in German to take regular courses.

Most universities in Germany provide a “Schein," which you will receive for each course completed. Make sure to keep it for your records and provide a copy to Go Global upon return from exchange.

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Exploring Key Aspects of Berlin's Museological Landscape - Single View
Partner course code: 0218244
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Exploring Berlin Museums
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Migrations, Middle-Classes and Modernities: An Ethnographic Comparison of Central Asia and China
Partner course code: N/A 53774
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-05
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Re/Inventing Berlin – Architecture after 1945
Partner course code: 02181236
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-16
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Lens on Berlin: Making Visual Culture in the City
Partner course code: 02181270
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-13
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: 20th Century Germand and Central European Art
Partner course code: 02181204
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-12
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Culture and Plastic Arts in ancient China
Partner course code: ARTH 5336546
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-13
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Film Analysis: Movie-Made America
Partner course code: 5250073
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-14
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Berlin's Contemporary Art Scene
Partner course code: 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-05-23
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Jewelry. Skin. Fashion. Material and Mythos.
Partner course code: 53345
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Berlin - The City as a Mind Map
Partner course code: 2181240
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: False Blood? Count Dracula and the Vampire Movie
Partner course code: ENGL 5250067
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-10-03
UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: Introduction to South and Southeast Asian Studies
Partner course code: N/A 53743
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Visual Culture of South Asia
Partner course code: N/A 53770
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Economics of Entrepreneurship (WS14-15 Bachelor)
Partner course code: 70641
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-27
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: European Economic History I (1800-1914)
Partner course code: econ 701073
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-17
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Basics of International Finance
Partner course code: econ 70665
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-17
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Crime Fiction
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FIST 336
Title: Film in Berlin - Berlin in Film
Partner course code: BP 2001c
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-04
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Urban Utopias: Berlin as a Battlefield and Playground of Ideas
Partner course code: 02181269
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-12
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Earth as a Complex System
Partner course code: 3312121
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-09
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: Learn German - Conceive Culture - Experience Berlin
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-11-30
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: German B1.1
Partner course code: 91513
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-12-22
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: German as foreign language-B1.2
Partner course code: GERM 91524
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-12-22
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: German B1.2-B2.1: Conversation course - berlin and its history
Partner course code: 91527
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-12-22
UBC course: GERM 300
Title: German B2.1
Partner course code: GERM 91531
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-07-11
UBC course: GERM 300
Title: German B2.1
Partner course code: N/A 91534
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-12-22
UBC course: GERM 302
Title: Berlin 1945-1990: The Divided City
Partner course code: N/A 02181237
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: GERM 310
Title: German B2.2
Partner course code: Deutsch B2.2
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-11-03
UBC course: GERM 390
Title: Narrating the City - Berlin - Novels of the 20th and 21st Century
Partner course code: 02181234
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2014-04-03
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: Writing Course B1.2-B2.1
Partner course code: GERM 91527
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: German B2.1
Partner course code: GERM 91531
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2013-06-19
UBC course: GERM 406
Title: Literary Studies as Cultural Studies, Module 8
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-06-14
UBC course: GERM 406A
Title: Autobiographical Perspectives on GDR History
Partner course code: N/A 02181260
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: GERM 408B
Title: Strolling in Berlin: City, Literature and Culture in the years 1920s and 1930s
Partner course code: N/A 02181257
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: GERM 411
Title: Berlin Perspectives: Leaving Home, Coming Home - Berlin and The Affective Engagements of Migrants
Partner course code: N/A 02181228
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-01-28
UBC course: GRSJ 3rd
Title: The EU and its gender equality policy: understanding the supranational gender regime
Partner course code: 53031
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-12
UBC course: GRSJ 3rd
Title: Analytic Philosophy and Social Critique
Partner course code: 51028
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-12
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Biographies of the Berlin Wall
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Berlin Histories, 1871-1990
Partner course code: 02181249
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Empire's Economy, 1848-1948
Partner course code: 02181258
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-27
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Multi-national States, nation-states and member states: South-East Europe since 1908
Partner course code: hist/poli 51455
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2013-06-07
UBC course: HIST 4th
Title: Stability under Dictatorial Regimes? Perspectives on the Balkans and Turkey in the Cold War Era
Partner course code: N/A 51477
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-11-09
UBC course: PHIL 311A
Title: Aristotle's Ethics
Partner course code: 51018
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-17
UBC course: PHIL 334
Title: Analytic Philosophy and Social Critique
Partner course code: 51028
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-14
UBC course: PHIL 3rd
Title: Gender & Essentialism
Partner course code: 51070
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-02-18
UBC course: PHIL 432
Title: Socratic Moral Psychology
Partner course code: Phil 123-12
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-28
UBC course: POLI 320
Title: Introduction to the U.S. Political System
Partner course code: 53105
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 326
Title: European Integration, Migration and Mobility
Partner course code: N/A 53044
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 369
Title: International Security Law
Partner course code: N/A 10748
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-21
UBC course: POLI 376
Title: The Procedural Law of the International Criminal Court
Partner course code: 10780
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-01-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Criminal Justice
Partner course code: 10552
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-01-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Landmark Decisions of the US Supreme Court - Shaping a Nation
Partner course code: 5250028
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-01-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics and Economics
Partner course code: ECON 53045
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics and Violence
Partner course code: 53051
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-01-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Urban Politics
Partner course code: 53083
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Pakistan: State and Identity
Partner course code: 53608
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-01-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Capitalism and Democracy
Partner course code: N/A 53621
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2013-12-21
UBC course: SOCI 303
Title: Rethinking the Migrant: The Case Study of Berlin
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
UBC course: SOCI 361
Title: Understanding Social Inequality - "Single View"
Partner course code: soci 53625
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-06-07
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: identity and Belonging
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-14
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Crime and Punishment in US-American Society and Culture
Partner course code: 5250033
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-09-21
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Crime and Punishment in US-American Society and Culture
Partner course code: American 5250033
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Contentious words and images: Approaches and debates in contemporary political theory
Partner course code: ARTS 53034
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Urban Theory
Partner course code: ARTS 53038
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Introduction to German social and educational policies: the National Minium Wage and the Educational
Partner course code: 02181264
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: THTR 3rd
Title: Berlin as a Multiple Stage
Partner course code: 02181229
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-16
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 336
Title: E-Business and Online Marketing
Partner course code: 707925
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-16
Law
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Criminal Justice
Partner course code: 10554
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-19

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Suprasegmental Phonology
Partner course code: 5250078
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-06
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Complementation and Modification in Lexical Configurations
Partner course code: 5250001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-13
UBC course: ECON 4th
Title: Environmental and Resource Economics III: Environmental Institutions and Governance
Partner course code: 20155
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-08-11
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: ERASMUS Intensive Course German as a Foreign Language: A2.1
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-05-14
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German A2.2
Partner course code: 91505
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-05-14
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German A2 Grammar
Partner course code: 91506
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-05-14
UBC course: POLI 313
Title: Governing Wider Europe
Partner course code: 53149
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-29
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction into German, European and International Copyright Law
Partner course code: 10556
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-29
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Contemporary Germany: Institutions, Actors and Political Change
Partner course code: 53145
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-29
UBC course: POLI 4th
Title: Democracy in Europe: Current Problems and Debates
Partner course code: 53147
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-29
UBC course: PSYO 4th
Title: Language and the Brain
Partner course code: 32851
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-06
UBC course: PSYO 4th
Title: Tutorial: Language and the Brain
Partner course code: 32855
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-06
UBC course: PSYO 4th
Title: Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
Partner course code: 32860
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-06
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.

For the HUWISU summer program, tuition and other fees, aside from the application fee, are paid directly to the partner. 

Scholarships + awards

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, offers generous scholarships to students applying for an exchange or research program at a German university.  Students must apply to DAAD by January 31, and may apply for the funding before their acceptance to the exchange program is final, with a letter from Go Global. See the DAAD website for more information.

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

It is important for prospective students to find accommodation in Berlin as quickly as possible because all the other necessary steps in connection with getting matriculated depend on having an address and the associated registration document. If the search for accommodation in Berlin was not successful before arrival, staying in a student hotel or backpackers' hostel for a few days at a reasonable price is recommended. From there the search for accommodation can be continued. Flat share opportunities advertised by students on notice boards in university buildings can be very helpful in the search.

Information on Accommodation

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