** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
This summer program 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 program is open to students from all academic disciplines.
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. Humboldt University comprises of 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. 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.
Students interested in this summer program may select either Session I or Session II or both. Students interested in doing Session I can choose either a two week or a four week program. For each session, students may select one course listed on the website. Humboldt University offers courses in the subject areas of culture, economics, politics, writing, literature, social science, and more. Courses will comprise of lectures, discussions, and excursions to local sites. The university also offers sport activities, social gatherings, and other events for students throughout the program. More information on each course can be found on the course description page.
Humboldt University offers limited housing options for participants. Interested students may contact HUWISU team upon completion of their application and inquire about student dorms. If accommodations are available, students will be able to select from either single (725 euros) or shared twin bed (380 euros) options. These accommodations are completely furnished with the required supplies and include a living room, bathroom, and a kitchen. Note that meals are not provided and students must either cook for themselves or buy food. As these apartments are relatively close to supermarkets and shopping centers, students can easily obtain anything they may need during their stay. More information about the accommodations offered by the university can be found here: student housing
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
All students participating in this program must be at least 18 years old and must be current undergraduate or graduate students. Students interested in taking any of the subject courses (social sciences, politics, and others) offered by this summer school are required to demonstrate intermediate proficiency in English. Applicants may either provide official English level certification or proof of having taken several English courses in the past. Students interested in the language courses offered by this summer school must provide proof of German language proficiency.
Pierre Steuer helps coordinates this summer school. If you have any questions regarding the general setup of this program or if you are interested in learning more about class structure, please email Pierre Steuer for more information.
Kathrin Rettel, Accommodation/ Logistics
Kathrin Rettel assists students in finding housing for the duration of their stay in Berlin. Students who are interested in the student dorms offered by the university or who would like to search for their own accommodation in Berlin, should contact Kathrin Rettel for more information.
Estimated Program Fee: $1,080
Included in the program fee:
$350 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1800)
The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the Humboldt University Summer program application.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $350 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.