Application Process

Application at your Home Institution

Application at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Application at your Home Institution


Each semester, the partner institutions of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin publish a call for applications. If you are interested in a student mobility at HU, please contact the international office of your home institution to find out about the application procedures and conditions.

The following documents need to be submitted to your home university

  • Application Form
  • CV in Europass Format
  • Letter of Motivation 1 – 2 pages/ specify relevance of studies at HU
  • Copy of Passport or Identity Card
  • Transcript of Records with grade point average (GPA)
  • Language certificate
  • Copy of Bachelor Degree (for Master Students), or Master Degree (for PhD Students)
  • Proof of Enrolment at home university for the current study cycle 
  • Learning Agreement or Traineeship Agreement, first draft
  • PhD students attach additionally their PhD workplan (instead of the learning agreement), a letter of recommendation by the PhD supervisor at the home university, if available also a letter of support by the envisaged HU supervisor during the studies at HU


The home institution evaluates all applications based on the following evaluation criteria

  1. academic quality/scientific background of the applicant (CV, study progress and results, research results, publications, how matches the applicant the academic priorities of the Erasmus+cooperation)
  2. motivation for the scholarship
  3. language proficiency
  4. quality of learning agreement: does the application match the course offer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin?
  5. if thesis work is envisaged: relevance of proposed thesis topic to the research fields listed in the call for applications, relevance to field of study, methodology


The proposals for funding candidates by the partner institutions will be examined by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Successful candidates will be nominated by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for their Erasmus+scholarship. Erasmus+Grantees  will receive their nomination confirmation from the Erasmus+ Partner Countries Coordinator of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who will then prepare and sign the grant agreement, the invitation for the visa application, issue an insurance policy (if desired), and take care of flight reservations (in exeptional cases).

Please discuss the courses you would like to take with the coordinator at your home institution. Please use our Humboldt-Universität template for the Learning Agreement. Students are supposed to work towards gaining 30 ECTS credit points per full semester accepted by their home university.
It is helpful to make yourself familiar with the courses offered at HU. Our course catalog Agnes can be found online. The course offer for the summer term will be available in February, the course offer for the winter term in July. Admission to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is only possible within the field of study the collaboration has been agreed upon.
Please note: At some faculties students are required to take complete modules (which is due to the Bologna Process to simplify degree recognition within the EU). One module is usually made up of two seminars (worth 4 ECTS each, provided the student completed the course work), or one seminar and two lectures (the lectures are worth 2 ECTS), and a final exam, which is usually a seminar paper about one of the courses, or an exam about the topics of all courses (this exam is the so-called MAP - "Modulabschlussprüfung"), worth 2 ECTS. The grade is assessed for the whole module, which is worth 10 ECTS in total.
PhD students, who do not intend to take classes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin need to fill-in their research topics in the Learning Agreement, and need a written confirmation from their supervisor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at the end of their research period about the credit points earned. PhD students can take only MA courses for credit.


Application at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


After your successful application you will be nominated by your home institution. Once we receive your nomination, we will send you a link to our online application. Please fill out the online form and upload the the application documents.

Application Period for Erasmus+ Partner Countries Students

Winter semester: 15 April – 31 May
Summer semester: 15 October – 30 November

The application process will not be completed until you finish the online application. The application process includes the submission and verification of your personal data, as well as the submission of the requested application documents. Additionally you can choose from a variety of extra services (student accommodation, German language course, etc.)


In addition to the documents you have submitted to your home university, you have to provide proof of sufficient insurance coverage. Your insurance must include the following components:

  • Health Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Return Transport
  • Third Party Liability Insurance

If you have sufficient insurance required for the mobility, please fill in and upload the Insurance Declaration form and a scan of your insurance policy. Please note that most travel insurance do not include a third party liability insurance. If you do not have sufficient insurance required for the mobility and would like us to effect an insurance for you from our partner, please fill in and upload the Request for Insurance Support form.

Information about the insurance provided by our partner

The PROTRIPWORLD PLUS Scheme provided by our partner Dr. Walter GmbH consists of: Overseas Health Insurance, Personal Liability Insurance , Accident Insurance and Assistance Insurance. The insurance premium is currently € 1,48 per day, there are no age restrictions, and the following insurance conditions apply:

  • Overseas Health Insurance with unlimited coverage of inpatient and outpatient treatment without deductible
  • Emergency Assistance Abroad
  • Dental treatment for pain relief including simple fillings as well as repair of existing dentures and dental prosthesis per case up to 500 €, medically necessary dental treatment as a result of an accident up to 1,000 €
  • Outpatient initial treatment of mental illnesses up to 1,500 €, inpatient emergency treatment of first-time mental or emotional disorders up to 20,000 €
  • Medically effective and reasonable evacuation of the insured person to his / her place of residence unlimited coverage
  • Repatriation of the insured in case of death unlimited coverage
  • Personal liability insurance lump sum for personal injury and /or damage up to 1,000,000 € as well as damage to rented property up to 100.000 €
  • Overseas Accident Insurance: Disability max. amount 30.000 € (350% disability classification), accidental death 10.000 €
  • Baggage Insurance of up to 2.000 €


We offer limited spaces in our student dormitories on a "first come - first serve" basis. If you are interested in student accommodation, please read the information on the accommodation website.
Berlin Perspectives is an interdisciplinary module in English and German for both HU students and international students of all subjects, who study at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for one or two semesters. The module focuses on the following areas:
  • Social Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Language Studies
The HU German Language Academy (HU GLA) at the Language Center of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers German Intensive courses given by certified German as a Foreign Language (GFL) teachers. Our winter and summer courses cover German language levels A1.2-C2 and take place between semesters.

HUGS is responsible for organising intercultural trainings, cultural events, wellbeing tutorials and qualification workshops for students at the HU, on the subjects of study orientation and cultural awareness.
The studis4studis Programme addresses in particular those students who will be studying at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for one or two semesters: students in (exchange) programmes, such as Erasmus+, bilateral agreements, etc.

Within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline you will receive the official invitation letter for the German Embassy for the period of your Erasmus+ studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin together with the confirmation letter with your enrolment date and the enrolment application form. If you requested insurance from our partner, we will also send you the insurance policy, which you will need for a visa application (if you should need a visa).