The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is an internationally renowned university with a reputation for excellence. With most of its faculties located in the city center, the HU is the oldest university in Berlin and was originally founded as the University of Berlin in October of 1810. Since its foundation, twenty-nine Nobel Laureates have been associated with the University. Every year over 5,000 young people decide to embark on their studies at Humboldt-Universität in the heart of Berlin. Today Berlin is known for its diversity, its incredible wealth of history and culture, and as a melting point between Eastern and Western Europe.
A full course load at Humboldt University is 30 ECTS (15 Catholic University credits). Most courses are worth 5 ECTS, so students will typically enroll in six courses to ensure a full-time course load. Humboldt recommends that exchange students (especially those with little German language experience) take 1-3 courses from the Berlin Perspectives Module
, which is designed for international students. Courses on German language are also available through the Language Center.
Students may refer to the full course catalog
or to the list of English-taught courses
when making their selections, but should keep in mind that they may not take courses in more than two departments outside of any courses taken through the Language Center.
Housing Accommodation & Meals
Student dormitories are provided by the City of Berlin through “Studentenwerk”, a student welfare organization, which administers 10,000+ student residences divided among 35 residence halls throughout Berlin. The rooms differ from one student residence to another, with the average rent for a student accommodation being between €160 and €365 per month.
Students have to indicate their need for a spot in the dorms by checking a box within the Humboldt University online application. They will subsequently receive an email with further steps for obtaining housing, including pay a €500-700 deposit (which is refundable, minus €50). Students should also anticipate paying €265 cash during orientation to cover the student fee and transportation pass for their semester in Berlin, as well as €50 for a "starter pack", which will include linens and towels.
Information on student life and extracurricular events can be found here
Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.