Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
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
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.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study.
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.
Course equivalency formula
ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
Passing grade4 is a passing grade
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.)
* 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Types of accommodation available
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.