BERLIN: Humboldt University

Berlin, Germany

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  • Fall Semester - October to March
  • Spring Semester - April to September

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

Two hundred years ago, in 1810, Wilhelm von Humboldt's vision of a new type of university became reality. The newly founded Prussian alma mater was the first to introduce the unity of research and teaching, to uphold the ideal of research without restrictions and to provide a comprehensive education for its students. These principles of Wilhelm von Humboldt and a select group of contemporaries soon became general practice throughout the world.

As one of eleven German universities, the Humboldt-Universität was chosen “University of Excellence” in June 2012. It was successful in all three funding lines in the third round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and awarded for its future concept “Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality – Openness – Guidance”. In an international comparison, Humboldt- Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. Scientists here research socially relevant topics and challenges of the future and communicate these with the public. Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching.


All Bachelor degree courses are taught in German.

The student will be enrolled in a subject the same or similar to the one he/she is enrolled at their home university. There is a wide range of courses the student is able to take. For course details please see the course catalogue pages on the following web page:

University studies in Germany are governed by study and examination regulations for each course. Students are expected to work highly independently. Generally, students draw up their own personal timetables for each semester. It is certainly helpful before the semester begins and actual lecturing starts to gather information on the Internet about courses and to register on time.


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In an international comparison, Humboldt- Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching. It’s aim is to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework. Humboldt has over 31,000 students in 185 degree courses.

The institutes of the Humboldt-Universität are grouped into three main campuses. Campus Mitte – rich in tradition – is home to the Arts and Humanities, Law, Economics and Business Studies as well as Theology. On the picturesque Campus Nord, the Life Sciences are concentrated. Mathematics and the Natural Sciences are located on the modern, high-tech Campus Adlershof.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Middler Standing or Above
  • GPA of at least 3.0 
  • Language Requirement: All courses are taught in German; Students must be at an advanced level of the language in order to apply to this program, and complete a proficiency test upon acceptance to the university
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Humboldt online application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Nomination by OISP
    • Learning Agreement
    • Proof of German language proficiency (through a certificate), at least at level C1 for a degree course or at level B2 of the Common European Framework for Reference of Languages for a pre-university access course
    • Official Transcript
    • Motivation Letter explaining why you want to study at Humboldt
    • Comprehensive CV with signature
    • Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member
    • Photocopy of passport ID page
    • Current passport-sized photograph
    • Document attesting payment of the appropriate fee to uni-assist (discuss with OISP)
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Housing is not included for the semester. Students are required to arrange their own housing, either in residence halls through Studentenwerk, a student welfare organization (not directly run by the university) or off-campus apartments. An application for a residence hall must be made at the same time as the application for a place of study.


Centrally located in Berlin, Humboldt-Universität is currently home to more than 36,000 students, over 16 per cent of whom come from abroad. Berlin itself is a dynamic, multicultural, Central European metropolis with 3.4 million inhabitants that has a rich and dramatic past, spanning many centuries through the ups and downs of German history. It offers a spectacular diversity of cultural offerings, featuring countless museums and world-renowned orchestras, opera houses, and theaters, ample recreational opportunity in parks, forests, and at the area's many lakes, and a first-class public transportation network, plus convenient access to various destinations in Germany and throughout (Central) Europe.

Campus Adlershof:

With some 8,000 students the Adlershof Campus of Humboldt-Universität is at the heart of the "City of Science, Business and the Media". Its modern buildings, set up between 1998 and 2003, provide excellent conditions for teaching and research at the Departments of Chemistry, Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

Campus Mitte:

The campus center is the oldest of the three campusesAlmost all of the humanities, social sciences and economics faculties with their institutes are located between the French Cathedral, Lustgarten, Bebel Platz, Brandenburg Gate and other sights around the Unter den Linden in Berlin's historic center. The campus center is the main building on Unter den Linden 6, in the immediate vicinity of numerous political institutions, embassies, historic buildings, cultural institutions, cafes, shops and hotels.

Campus Nord:

In the middle of Berlin's Mitte district is a hidden oasis that even to many long-established Berliners is not known: the North Campus of the Humboldt University. The 80,000 square foot park-like area encompasses not only old, shady trees, but also beautiful buildings built from the late 18th to the mid-20th Century. These include the Anatomical theater of the Royal Veterinary School, designed over two hundred years ago by Carl Gotthard Langhans, the architect of the Brandenburg Gate.