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 SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Summer SemesterApril–July
Semester 2Winter SemesterOctober–March

View the Humboldt University academic calendar.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

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Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at Humboldt University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

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

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. You can choose courses from any of the faculties at Humboldt which are open to exchange students, however, there are numerous course restrictions outlined below.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice. 

Find courses

Search the Humboldt University course catalogue 

Berlin Perspectives - International Study Module information

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Agriculture
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological sciences
Business administration
Business, commerce and economics
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Exercise science
French
Gender Studies
German
Health sciences
History and ancient history
Humanities and social sciences
IT and computer science
Italian
Mathematics and statistics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Postgraduate
Agriculture
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Exercise science
Finance
French
Gender Studies
German
Health sciences
History and ancient history
Humanities and social sciences
IT and computer science
Italian
Mathematics and statistics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Sociology

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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.  

Students may consult the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to find further information on scholarship possibilities.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)