Humboldt University of Berlin

Berlin
Germany

Language of instruction

English
German

Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching, a fact reflected in its ranking among the Top 100 universities worldwide. On the domestic front, its interdisciplinary research and teaching focus has secured Humboldt a leading position in the German “Excellence Initiative”.

Humboldt’s main campus is in the heart of Berlin – a city packed full of culture and history. Visit countless museums, palaces and cool hang-out spots. Learn about the city’s tumultuous past by tracing the route of the Berlin Wall, visiting the Holocaust memorial, or taking in the Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of German unity.   

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Summer Semester April–July
Semester 2 Winter Semester October–March

View the Humboldt University academic calendar.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits (or 20 SWS) per semester at Humboldt University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Humboldt University.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Humboldt University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Berlin Perspectives - International Study Module information

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
English
English literature
History and ancient history
Music
Philosophy
Sociology
French
German
Italian
Linguistics
Russian
Postgraduate
Economics
Finance
Anthropology
English
English literature
History and ancient history
Philosophy
Sociology
Writing
French
German
Italian
Russian
Psychology
Agriculture
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Environmental studies

Course restrictions

Medicine and Law are not available to exchange students.

Additional academic information

Humboldt University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

The growing demand for rooms and the significant increase in rental prices makes it very difficult for students to find a flat in Berlin. Humboldt-Universität seeks to offer accommodation to every international student coming to Berlin. However, since Humboldt does not possess its own housing, only a limited number of places in residence halls can be arranged for international students.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Berlin has risen in recent years, however, is still more affordable than many other major European cities.

To obtain a residence permit in Berlin, you must be able to prove monthly financial resources of € 720 or a yearly sum of € 8,640.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

When the application for a visa is made in the applicant's home country, proof of health insurance coverage may be required. If the prospective student has private health insurance coverage in the home country, this must be approved by a compulsory health insurance provider in Germany, which could mean that exemption is granted from mandatory health insurance coverage in Germany.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Humboldt University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the German Federal Foreign Office for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.