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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

Located in the heart of Europe, Germany's capital offers you unrivaled educational, intellectual, and cultural opportunities. In this program you can enroll in university courses that align with many UC academic majors. In addition to German language study, you’ll be learning alongside German and international students in an academic environment that encourages self-motivation, awareness, and reflection. 

Unique study opportunities

  • Access English-taught courses designed specifically for international students​ on German history, culture, and society.

Language

Language of Instruction: German, English

German Language Study: Required 

The semester begins with an intensive language program (ILP) that covers German writing, grammar, and conversation skills. The ILP will also prepare you for a transition into German academic culture. Thereafter, you can continue to study German language during the semester, though it is not required. 

If you have less than two years of university-level German, language study is required during the term. If you have two or more years of university-level German, language study is optional during the term.

Pre-Intensive Language Program

If you have between one to two years of university-level German and you would like to take courses taught in German on this program, you can enroll in the pre-intensive language program (pre-ILP) that takes place in Berlin prior to the start of the fall or spring semester. The language instruction and cultural education take full advantage of the local surroundings and put you in direct contact with German society. See Eligibility for more information. 

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Complete four to five courses for a total of 18-24 quarter/12-16 semester UC units.
  • You may take one course for pass/no pass credit.
  • Most courses on this program are at the upper-division level.

Summer pre-intensive language program earns 10 quarter/8.6 semester units (1 course)

Winter pre-intensive language program earns 7 quarter/4.7 semester units (1 course)

Intensive Language Program earns 8 quarter/5.3 semester units (1 course)

Term earns 18-24 quarter/12-16 semester units (4-5 courses)

Current Program Courses

Access to courses depends on your German language skills. For instance, if your German language skills are limited, you can take courses taught in English in history, sociology, American studies, anthropology, economics, business administration, and English. However, if you have studied German for at least two years in college, or one year plus the pre-ILP, you can access courses in all areas of study at Humboldt University. 

In addition to regular university courses, Humboldt University offers a selection of courses designed specifically for international students​ that focus on the history, culture, and society of Berlin and Germany. Most of these courses are taught in English.  You’ll finalize your course schedule in Berlin.

Catalogs and resources

To see the classes available at this university, use the following resources:

Academic Culture

The German university system requires a lot of independent study. Alumni often note that self-discipline is a key to success in the German academic system, but it can be a challenge to adapt. There are little to no assignments during the semester and few hours in class per week. This gives the initial appearance that studying in Germany is easy. However, if you’re not thoroughly prepared for the final exam, or if you do not start your research paper early enough, it will affect your final grade drastically. If you have a high degree of self-motivation you will do well in the German university system.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Assessment is usually done through one final exam or paper at the end of the semester. 

Fall semester grades are typically available in May and spring semester grade are typically available in October or November. Do not expect to apply for graduation or have UC transcripts available until the quarter or semester following your participation on the program.