6.9 Language courses at Humboldt-Universität

The Language Centre of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers language courses at different levels in a multitude of languages to international students enrolled at HU. There are no preparatory German courses for degree-seeking applicants.

Especially the comprehensive range of German language courses should support you in your studies, furthering your German language knowledge and fostering a better study capability.

Language Centre
ZE Sprachenzentrum

Dorotheenstraße 65
10117 Berlin


The Language Centre offers courses during the semester and intensive courses during the semester break. The course offer as well as registration deadlines and conditions are available online. Some courses carry a mandatory fee.

Registration takes place online. There is usually an assessment test before the beginning of the course. After regular and successful participation, graded credit certificates (Leistungsscheine) will be allocated. Credit certificates are required by the examination offices for the allocation of ECTS or credit points (Leistungspunkte). Registration for multiple courses is possible, however a course load of eight credit hours (SWS) per week is not advisable.

Information on the languages offered:

German as a foreign language, German sign language, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Arabic, Chinese
Ms Neumann, room 341
Phone: (+49 30) 20 93-50 20

English, Italian, Spanish, French, Latin, Turkish
Ms Troll, room 338
Phone: (+49 30) 20 93-50 15

The Language Centre has an audio-visual library (Mediothek), which offers you an extensive range of print, video and audio material as well as language learning software to further your language knowledge.

The collection includes:

  • Language learning and language teaching material for different language levels, material for preparing for language tests,
  • Newspapers and journals,
  • Audio material (such as audio books and audio plays),
  • Video material (such as feature films and documentary films in the original language),
  • Computer workstations with language learning software,
  • International TV satellite programmes,
  • Individual workstations and group study areas.

The audio-visual library is a non-lending library, all material can only be used on site.

ZE Sprachenzentrum | Audio-Visual Library
Dorotheenstraße 65
10117 Berlin
Access via the library on the 1st floor

Phone: (+49 30) 20 93-12 35 5

Opening hours:
Mo - Fr 12:00 - 18:00

Note: many German universities and institutions offer multiweek language courses and specialised subject courses (Fachkurse) during the semester break. Further information can be found in the online DAAD database, Language and Short Courses in Germany.