Humboldt University was founded in 1810 by Wilhelm von Humboldt, who was supported and inspired particularly by the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte and the theologist Friedrich Schleiermacher. Today, the university is a leading research institution, comprised of eleven academic faculties (schools) with 35.000 students in attendance. As a visiting student at Humboldt, you will have the opportunity to take coursework in German alongside local German and other international students. Annually, around 1,500 international students from 61 countries come to study at Humboldt. Students take classes from a wide range of disciplines in the Humanities such as gender studies, language and area studies; scientific fields including Natural, Agricultural and Horticultural sciences; Social Sciences; Education and Business Administration.
Beyond attending lectures, visiting students can also get involved in a range of activities, such as university sports, joining one of the choirs or joining the international club "Orbis Humboldtianus" which offers many services to international students including a mentoring program called "Studis4Studis" and a language exchange service. Students also have the option of attending intercultural training sessions and participating in group excursions and city tours.
Students in Berlin are exposed to a vibrant and cosmopolitan environment, which offers a unique depiction of recent history, as the metropolis is still in the midst of reinventing itself after the long divide between East and West. The city holds keys to understanding Germany and the Germans, but also provides broader clues to understanding Europe, its long and difficult quest for common ground, and the persistent difficulties on its way. Additionally, students enjoy, overall, a lower cost of living than most other larger European cities. Berlin's location in central Europe makes the city a major hub for getting to other German cities, as well as other European countries. Humboldt University's location in Berlin could not be more ideal. Located in the central neighborhood of Mitte, HU is within walking distance of major attractions, including museums, parks, government buildings and a range of restaurants and bars. As a student, you enjoy a discounted rate to public transportation. The well-organized public transportation system makes traveling around the city, and to neighboring suburbs, easy and affordable.
Please review Humboldt's requirements for German language proficiency, which apply to all visiting students.
Courses taught in:
Berlin Perspectives Program
The Berlin Perspectives Program is an interdisciplinary program in English and German for both Humboldt students and international students from all academic backgrounds. It aims to support incoming international students at the beginning of their studies, through introducing students to academic German and supporting their transition to the German university system. Students discuss various aspects of Berlin including German history, society and culture, providing a useful supplement to their main studies at Humboldt.
Year: Early October – late July
Spring Semester: early April to late July
Due to the German academic calendar, studying abroad for the fall semester only is not possible. Students may study for the year or for the spring semester.
Exchange students may apply for housing to the HU International Office upon application. Accommodations are provided in student dormitories. Students can also find private accommodations upon arrival in Berlin. For more information about housing in Berlin, visit Humboldt's Accommodation page.
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.
Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures. Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host institution Room and Board
- International Airfare
- CISI insurance
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a residence permit to participate in this program. All students should consult the German Missions website for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.