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Program Information:
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  Location  Berlin, Germany
 Autumn Semester / Academic Year
 Spring Semester
  Credits  20-25 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility  Junior standing or above by time of departure;  min. 3.0 GPA
  Language  German 302 or equivalent
  Adviser  Mike Renes |
 Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
 Spring Semester priority deadline
 May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   This exchange allows students to study in
  the heart of Berlin, a world class city, while
  taking courses in both German and English.
  Humboldt University is particularly well
  known for humanities, social sciences and
  theology but the exchange is open to
  students from all academic disciplines.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.

This university also offers a summer school option. For more information, visit Humboldt University Summer School.

Where You Will Study

Berlin is home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, and celebrities, as well as host of many sporting events. Its urban settings and historical legacy have made it a popular location for international film productions. The city is well renowned for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks and a high quality of living.

With a population of 3.4 million, Berlin is the country's largest city as well as its capital and serves as the hub of German culture, politics, media and science. With 153 world-class museums, some of the finest performing arts ensembles in Europe and a very active nightlife, modern Berlin ranks among the most exciting cities in the world. Humboldt University is ideally situated at the city's vibrant center on the boulevard Unter den Linden.



Founded in 1810, the University of Berlin consisted of the four traditional faculties of Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Theology. In 1949, the university was renamed after the brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt and served as a bastion for communist theory and ideology until the collapse of the DDR's Socialist Party in 1989.

Since German reunification, Humboldt University has developed a new academic framework. Course contents have been evaluated, amended and redefined and new academic personnel have been appointed. Humboldt University now comprises eleven faculties and two centrally administered institutions, the Museum of Natural History and the British Studies Center. Today, Humboldt University has 36,000 students, 14 percent of whom come from abroad.

For many years Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has had partnership relations with a large number of institutions of higher learning all over the world. Every year about 1,200 exchange students from 61 countries come to study at Humboldt within the framework of university partnerships. In addition to partnerships within the European Union, there are exchange programmes with the United States of America and Canada, and with countries in Central and Eastern Europe (especially with the Russian Federation).

In general, German universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. In contrast to American universities, where course syllabi delineate the professor's expectations of the student for each week of the academic term, most German professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study outside of the readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the humanities or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work.) Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.

There are several course classifications in Germany universities: Vorlesungen (lecture courses); Proseminare (courses taken by students prior to their intermediate exams, equivalent to upper-division courses in the U.S.); Übungen (exercise classes); Praktika (labs). Vorlseungen are generally large classes that may or may not be combined with smaller Übungen. Vorleseungen may or may not require a final exam. If no exam is administered as part of the course, UW students must make special arrangements with the professor to write a paper or take an exam at the end of the term in order to receive UW credit. Seminaire are very similar to courses in the U.S. Class sizes are limited, attendance is required and a written or oral exam is taken at the end of the term. Übungen are similar to seminars in that they require attendance, exams and/or papers. However, they are more oriented to practical skills than an in-depth discussion of a specific topic. Pratika are the equivalents of lab courses in the U.S. At some universities, Deutsch als Fremdsprache classes designed for international students are offered with a focus on German language and cultural studies.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

Humboldt University course catalog

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Germany but are encouraged to apply for accommodations through the German Studentenwerk. As the Studentenwerk provides subsidized housing and meals for students, the costs of accommodations and board are very reasonable. Aside from the financial benefits, student housing is an exceptional way to meet German students.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the Humboldt University Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

There are currently no program evaluations for this program on file.

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email