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Oberbaum Bridge over the River Spree in Berlin, Germany.

Program at a Glance

Humboldt University Berlin

Country or area Germany
City Berlin
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Spring Semester, Year, Fall Semester
Taught In German, English
Language Prereq varies
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About The Program

Berlin's robust startup scene is a dream for entrepreneurs at heart, with internships in tech, marketing, and business. All majors will thrive, but courses are particularly strong in sustainability, urban studies, and politics. Campus is steps from Berlin's city center with theaters, shopping, music venues, and the must-see Museum Island. Minimal in-class hours provide ample time to work on your German language skills. Enjoy the strong eclectic vibe and the feeling of motion in the art scene and nightlife.

Where you'll study

Berlin’s oldest university in central Berlin and alma mater to major global contributors like Max Planck, Karl Marx, and Albert Einstein, Humboldt University occupies a special place in German academic history. One of eleven German universities awarded status of excellence, Humboldt ranks in the top ten German universities. Here you can take courses across a broad variety of subjects, and they will all offer a rounded, interdisciplinary perspective. You can examine the ancient world and history of science, pursue philosophy, tackle quantitative economics, focus on biology, neuroscience, and math, or study climate and sustainability research. With classes occupying a former royal palace, your immersion into German culture and history begins the moment you step onto campus.


The study center arranges field trips and activities to introduce the local culture and special features of your host country. There may be other optional excursions, which you can explore after arrival.

<p>Night at the theater (with English subtitles) by the Berliner Ensemble</p>

Night at the theater (with English subtitles) by the Berliner Ensemble

<p>Guided street art tour of Berlin</p>

Guided street art tour of Berlin

<p>Visit German parliament in session at the Bundestag</p>

Visit German parliament in session at the Bundestag

<p>Walking tour of Berlin commemorative sites</p>

Walking tour of Berlin commemorative sites

<p>Picnic at the historic Tempelhofer recreation area</p>

Picnic at the historic Tempelhofer recreation area

Under the German education system and its purpose to train students to become future researchers, I had the opportunity to define my research question, consult secondary literature, and write. Essentially, I completed the experience of starting research from scratch.

Qian Chen UC San Diego Philosophy Germany