International

Se­mes­ters abroad in Aus­tralia

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has partnerships with six Australian universities and can offer exchange places every semester. Below you can find out more about our partner universities and how you can apply for a semester abroad.

As an HU student, you have the opportunity to go to one of our partner universities in Australia for a semester abroad. This is possible in a variety of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. Through corresponding university contracts, your tuition fees will be waived, meaning that your studies are free of charge or that you only incur administrative fees. Below you can read which requirements apply, what the processes for applying and transferring credits look like, and what our Australian partner universities have to offer. We would also be happy to advise you personally – you can find our services at the end of this page.

Remaining places for Australia

The application deadlines for all subjects (excluding medicine and law) are:

15 November for the 2024/25 academic year (for one to two semesters: winter and summer semesters). The application portal is open from 15 October to 15 November (11:59 p.m.).

15 June for the remaining places for the 2025 summer semester. The application portal is open from 15 May to 15 June (11:59 p.m.).

To apply for a semester abroad, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are currently enrolled.
  • You have completed at least two semesters of your Bachelor's degree programme or are currently studying for in a Master's degree programme
  • You apply at the level of study (Bachelor or Master) for which you are currently enrolled at Humboldt-Universität.
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the language in which you want to study abroad.

Please note: Medical students should contact their faculty directly. In exceptional cases, applications from law students can be accepted following a personal consultation with our Regional Office for Asia/Australia. Exchange students cannot take master's courses in psychology. Please contact us if you have any questions.

When choosing an Australian university, it is important to remember that the seasons are reversed when compared to the Northern Hemisphere. In Australia, it is summer from December to February, and winter from June to August. This also impacts the academic calendar and semester times: the "winter semester" (from a German perspective) runs from July to November, and the "summer semester" from February to June.

The application process for all regions begins with the timely submission of your application via Humboldt-Universität’s application portal by the specified application deadline.

You have the option of applying to three partner universities in Asia/Australia at the same time – if you do, please indicate your order of priority.

After your application has been received, we will review it carefully. In some cases, a selection interview may be part of the process, for example if we receive a large number of applications for individual universities. If your application is also successful at this stage, we nominate you to the partner university. You also subsequently submit an application to the partner university. Only after your documents have been checked successfully by the partner university do you receive the final admission for your semester abroad If you are successfully admitted, you will receive all relevant information for your upcoming semester abroad.

The recognition of credits earned abroad is carried out in consultation with your faculty or institute. Please consult with them before submitting your documents for the final application deadline for an exchange place. The HU grade converter also offers initial guidance regarding the conversion of foreign university grades into the German grading system. The calculated results are non-binding. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the HU Examination Service.

Our partner universities

What’s the destination? Here you can find a brief overview1 of our Australian partner universities. You will also find out which language certificates are accepted and where you can get further information about the universities and the courses they offer.


  1. The information provided is reflective of January 2024. The information is updated once a year and does not claim to be exhaustive. They give students an initial overview for guidance. Please also find out more about the programme and offering you are interested in on the website of the relevant university. You are also welcome to take advantage of our personal advisory services. 

The Australian National University (ANU) was founded in 1946 and is located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. The university offers a wide range of programmes in the natural sciences and arts, as well as business and law.

Subjects

All subjects, BA and MA

Language requirements

English (TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge C1 Advanced)

Specifics

Art studio, music and design courses

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The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853. Its main location, Parkville Campus, is located in the centre of the city. The university offers programmes in arts, the natural sciences, medicine, business, engineering, law and architecture, among others.

Subjects

All subjects, BA and MA

Language requirements

English (TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge C2 Advanced)

Specifics

According to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), courses must be passed with at least a “C”.

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The University of Sydney was founded in 1850. It has several locations, with its main campus located in Camperdown/Darlington, a suburb of Sydney. The University of Sydney offers a wide range of programmes and, above all, has a long tradition in the humanities and social sciences and boasts an excellent global network.

Subjects

All subjects, BA and MA

Language requirements

English (TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5)

Specifics

In one semester, you usually take four courses with 6 credit points each in order to achieve a workload of 24 credit points.

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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) was founded in Sydney in 1949. It offers, among other things, programmes in the natural sciences as well as in the fields of art, business and engineering. There is a strong focus here on applied sciences, technology and engineering. UNSW is known for its combination of research and industrial practice.

Subjects

All subjects, BA and MA

Language requirements

English (TOEFL 90, IELTs 6.5)

Specifics

UNSW divides the academic year into terms, which can be flexibly combined for the stay abroad. (Term 1: February to May; Term 2: May to August; Term 3: September to December)

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The University of Queensland (UQ) was founded in Brisbane in 1909 Located on the east coast of the country, it offers programmes in the natural sciences, business, humanities and health sciences. With multiple campuses, including in St Lucia and Herston, UQ creates learning environments that promote research excellence and cross-cultural diversity.

Subjects

All subjects, BA and MA

Language requirements

English (TOEFL 87, IELTS 6.5)

Specifics

In individual subjects, the language requirements are higher.

Besonderheiten

In einzelnen Fächern sind die Anforderungen an den Sprachnachweis höher.

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The University of Western Australia (UWA), founded in 1911, is located in Perth on the west coast of Australia. The wide range of courses offered includes natural sciences, business, arts and health sciences. The main campus is in the suburb of Crawley along the Swan River. This is where tradition and innovative research facilities such as state-of-the-art laboratories intersect.

Subjects

All subjects, BA and MA

Language requirements

English (DAAD C1, TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5)

Specifics

Exchange students can register for a full academic workload of three or four courses worth six credit points each.

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Blogs from abroad

    • El­la in Can­ber­ra

      HU ambassadors

      Heyo, I'm Ella and I'm in the sixth semester of my BA in English with a minor in Cultural Studies. I've been at the Australian National University in Canberra for a semester now and I'm really looking forward to telling you about the city and my studies here!

    • Lisa in Mel­bourne

      HU ambassadors

      Hey, my name is Lisa and I'm in my fourth master's semester of Business Administration at HU Berlin. I am currently on a semester abroad at the University of Melbourne and looking forward to sharing my experiences with you!

      Porträt von Lisa.

Contact

Every first Friday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the International Department offers a virtual information session on the topic of “Semesters abroad worldwide”. You can sign up for these sessions here.

To arrange an individual consultation appointment in person or via Zoom, please send us three suggested appointment times. We will contact you shortly after.

    • Katha­ri­na König

      Programme coordinator worldwide (Asia, Australia, Africa) | PROMOS Programme to increase the Mobility of Students from German Universities

      Global Mobility Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin Room 2266 katha­ri­na.koenig@hu-berlin.de +49 30 2093 46728
    • Kath­leen Zie­mann-Beck

      Student advisor, worldwide exchange programmes | PROMOS Programme to increase the Mobility of Students from German Universities

      Global Mobility Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin Room 1053c kath­leen.zie­mann-beck@hu-berlin.de +49 30 2093 46749