International

Se­mes­ters abroad in Eu­rope

Humboldt-Universität offers a variety of exchange opportunities in Europe. Students can organise a stay at a European partner university through the Erasmus+ programme or global partnerships. You can find out what options are available here.

The application deadlines for all subjects are:

31 January for the winter semester (classes start in September/October). The application portal is open from 1 to 31 January (11:59 p.m).

15 June for the summer semester (classes start in February). The application portal is open from 15 May to 15 June (11:59 p.m.).

Erasmus+ Europe

Would you like to spend your semester abroad within Europe in one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries? Then please contact the Erasmus coordinator of your institute or faculty for further information on the available partner universities and the application process. Programme countries

Find out more about the Erasmus+ Europe options at the Humboldt-Universität

Erasmus+ worldwide

If you are interested in a semester abroad in one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo or Montenegro, then you have the opportunity to apply to selected partner universities in the Erasmus+ programme worldwide.

Find out more about the Erasmus+ Europe options at the Humboldt-Universität

Semesters abroad in Eastern Europe

Your preferred university or country is not covered by the Erasmus+ programme? As an HU student, you also have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad at one of our 3 partner universities in Eastern Europe. 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. The exchange programmes with Russia are currently suspended. Below you can read which requirements apply, what the processes for applying and transferring credits look like, and what our Eastern European 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.

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 can provide evidence of the foreign language skills required by the host university (see the “Language requirements” section below).
  • Your subject is offered at the partner university and is open to exchange students.

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 team. Please contact us if you have any questions.

To apply, you must demonstrate at least the language proficiency level B2 for the language in which you would like to study. For Russian and English, you can have a DAAD language certificate issued at the HU Language Centre for a fee of 20 euros. We also accept all standardised language certificates such as TOEFL/IELTS (English) or TRKI (Russian). High school and Abitur certificates are not sufficient as proof of language proficiency. Please note: Proof of language proficiency must be submitted by the application deadline.

The academic year at our Eastern European partner universities is divided into two semesters. In Armenia and Azerbaijan and Russia, the winter semester runs from early September until late January, and the summer semester from early February until late May.

We are delighted that you're interested in a semester abroad. The application process for all regions begins with the timely submission of your application via Humboldt-Universität application portal by the specified application deadline.

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

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 from the partner university.

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.

Unsere Partneruniversitäten

What’s the destination? Here you can find a brief overview1 of our Eastern European 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. 

Yerevan State University was founded in 1919 and is the largest university in Armenia. It is located in the capital Yerevan and is divided into 19 faculties that offer a wide range of courses. The language of instruction is usually Armenian, although there are also many courses available in English or Russian. The university offers exchange students accommodation in a dormitory for around 190 euros per month.

Study level

Bachelor, Master

Field

All subjects

Language requirements

English B2 (DAAD language certificate, TOEFL, IELTS) or Russian B2 (DAAD language certificate, TRKI)

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ADA is a private university in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Since it was founded in 2006, ADA has grown into one of the region's leading educational institutions. The university offers programmes in the fields of public and international affairs, business, education, IT and engineering as well as law.

Study level

Bachelor, Master

Field

Subjects in the above-mentioned fields, Please note: No admission to the Master's programme in Computer Science.

Language requirements

English B2 (DAAD language certificate, TOEFL, IELTS)

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The University of Belgrade was founded in 1808 and is one of the oldest universities in Southeast Europe Over 89,000 students are currently studying at its 31 faculties and institutes. The university is located in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The University of Belgrade offers over 65 programmes in English. The Faculty of Philology also offers an intensive Serbian course.

Study level

Bachelor, Master

Field

All subjects

Language requirements

Serbian B1/B2 (DAAD language certificate) or English B1/B2 (DAAD language certificate)

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Blogs from abroad

    • Tom in Oslo

      HU ambassadors

      Hei! Jeg heter Tom. (Hey, I am Tom.) I study Geography and Sports at HU to become a teacher. I am already in my Master's and this is my second time abroad. I'm spending this semester at the University of Oslo in Norway and sharing my adventure with you.

      Porträt von Tom.
    • Caro in Copen­hagen

      HU ambassadors

      Hej! My name is Caro and I study law at HU. I will spend my seventh semester at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark as part of Erasmus+. I'm looking forward to sharing my university life, travels and new experiences with you here!

      Porträt von Caro.
    • Is­abelle in Paris

      HU ambassadors

      I’m Isabelle and I study law at HU. I’m doing my specialisation as part of the BerMüPa programme in Paris at the Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas. Here, I am currently studying French law (Licence 3) and sharing my experiences with you in this blog.

      Porträt von Isabelle.
    • To­bi in Lon­don

      HU ambassadors

      Hey, I'm Tobi and I'm studying law at Humboldt-Universität. After four semesters in Berlin, I'm now going to King's College in London for ten months. I hope to give you an authentic insight into my life on campus - here and on Instagram. Cheers!

      Porträt von Tobi vor Humboldt Universität.

Contact

Every first Friday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon., 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 by email to iamoestu@hu-berlin.de. We will contact you shortly after.

    • Dr. An­na Bröm­mer

      Programme coordinator worldwide (Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Latin America, Eastern Europe) | Circle U.

      Global Mobility Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin Room 2245a an­na.broem­mer@hu-berlin.de +49 30 2093 46705