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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

Location Berlin, Germany
Academic Term Summer Quarter (A-term or B-term)
Credits 2 - 3 UW credits
Estimated Program Free $1,080
Prerequisites  Current undergraduate student
Language German 302 or equivalent
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline April 1
General This summer program allows students to study in the heart of Berlin, a world class city, while taking courses in both German & English. Humboldt University is particularly well known for humanities, social sciences and theology but the program is open to students from all academic disciplines.
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.


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

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.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 2 - 3 UW credits per term. 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


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.

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.



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.



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. 


Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $1,080

Included in the program fee:

  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Housing
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1800)
  • Food (about $20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: Payment Deadline

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.

Financial Aid

  • 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.

Budgeting Tools

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 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.

Application Process

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 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.

Disability Accommodations

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


The 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.