During the Humboldt Winter University program, you have the opportunity to study at one of the leading higher educational institutions in Germany situated in the unique and historical city of Berlin. 

During the semester breaks, the university offers an intense program for students from abroad, which gives students the opportunity to explore the university, the city and its inhabitants.

Field of Study

  • Economics
  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Criminology
  • History
  • International relations
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Political science
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • German language
  • Regional and town planning

For more detailed information about these courses go to the host university website.

Credit Equivalent 

5 ECTS = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 4 UQ Units if 10 ECTS are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

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.

Contact the host university for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and Application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the Humboldt entry requirements.

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Tuition fees will vary depending on the course(s) you choose. The tuition cost and program fee are approximately $1,200 - $1,350 AUD per course. More information regarding fees can be found on the host university website. UQ students may also be eligible for a partner discount and discount for taking multiple courses. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


Due to the tense housing market in Berlin, HUWISU can unfortunately not offer student accommodation for the Winter University at this stage. Students who are accepted into the program and who have paid the fees will be contacted in case housing options become available. More information regarding accommodation can be found on the host university website. 

BEL Faculty Credit Assessment

Credit must be confirmed with BEL Faculty to check suitability for your program requirements. You should consult with International Mobility Coordinator prior to submitting an application. The credit precedents information on this site is provided as a guide only and is subject to change. Please see Credit Precedents Disclaimer for further details.

Humboldt Winter University BEL Credit Assessment

Introduction to International Economic Law

Eligible for #2 UQ Units Level 5 LAWS elective, as approved by BEL Faculty

Human Rights Violations in Germany: Gender, Colonial Crimes and Transnational Corporations Eligible for #2 UQ Units Level 5 LAWS elective, as approved by BEL Faculty


Carissa - 2019

I lived overseas for most of my life before calling Australia home, and due to that international upbringing, I gravitate towards seeing things from a multi-national perspective. Doing a short-term experience was a wonderful way to get a quick overview what that particular country was all about.

Read more of Carissa's story here



Tao - 2019

My most favorite memory was how the class was oriented. How the short-term classes were is the same as UQ lectures. However, we went out every day to see how the neighborhood develop over times. (urban neighborhood development is one of my classes) And we went to lots of historical museums to learn german history. I like the way how the classes were formed to make students learn not only the theories but also practical information.

Read more of Tao's story here. 


I completed "The Berlin Wall and the Cold War Era" at Humboldt University in Berlin. I wanted to undertake a short-term global experience overseas to meet other students from around the world. The course was very interesting and provided an in-depth look at Germany's role in the post-WW2 European political landscape and the Cold War. Obviously, the Berlin Wall is an important historical landmark and exploring this was very interesting.

I would definitely recommend undertaking a short-term global experience at Humboldt - the program is really well suited for international students and relatively well-priced compared to others. The courses offered are usually also very interesting and well-suited to a wide range of degrees.

Read more of Tulli's story here. 


These holidays, I studied two courses at the Humboldt Universität - one German language course, and one in German history - the language course in particular was great fun, and I feel like my german has improved a lot. I also went on many adventures with Engelbert the Sloth while sightseeing in my spare time, and going to events organised by the university.

Read more of Miriam's story here. 


I decided to go on a short-term exchange to pad out my CV, but what I got was so much more than that.

Walking past remnants of the Berlin Wall or walking under the gates at Auschwitz is like nothing else you ever experience; it's just this terrible, necessary reminder of what life can bring. But there was also the good things: there's being thrown into classes and the apartments with people from every continent and forging connections across all cultural boundaries.

There's the cultural excursions to Potsdam, walking tours around Kreuzberg, or to the Reichstag. If you go to HUWISU, do everything you possibly can, because you won't regret it.

Read more of Emma's story here. 

Rebekah - 2017

Studying at Humboldt Winter University in Berlin was nothing short of amazing. I chose a short-term course (3 weeks for one subject credit) learning about International Economic Law which was incredible to see from the EU perspective. Humboldt uni has some amazing alumni (including Karl Marx and Albert Einstein) and the international team hosted cultural events for us throughout the week. From ice skating to day trips to tours of the German Chancellery, everything was made so easy for us to meet new people and have a great time. The uni is right in the city, the accommodation only a few train stops away and the course itself is so cheap! My whole experience was made better by the city itself. Berlin is the perfect mix of modern and grunge, you will find street art next to world class museums and of course, plenty of historical places to visit all within walking distance. 100% would recommend this course and uni to anybody who is even mildly interested!

Read more of Rebekah's story here. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have closed.

Program Dates

Start: 06 January 2020
End: 24 January 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Berlin, Germany
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​