|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|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|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31 (Autumn Semester / 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.|
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).
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.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. In terms of language requirements, students should note that teaching and examinations at the university are conducted in German. As such, they should have a solid background of German in order to effectively follow your courses.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Humboldt University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: Humboldt University offers housing to students who are completing at least one semester at their university. You are encouraged to apply for accommodations through the university. As the university 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.
Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. However, this is not recommended because there is a high demand for housing in Germany, which has resulted in few affordable housing options. But, if you do choose this option, Humboldt University has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. In addition, we strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival!
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 UW Study Abroad Office 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.
- 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.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The application to become an exchange student includes
- A personal statement
- Your top 3 preferences for exchange location
- One recommendation from a professor or TA
- Electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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 $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that 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.