Welcome to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Dear students,

We are happy to welcome a bright new group of students to Humboldt-Universität.

You are entering a university which has been undergoing a Faculty reform and is involved in a rearrangement process of institutional cooperation which is resulting in the falling of barriers of thought between disciplines. This development follows the Bologna Reform process in its goals of both defining the structures of higher education more clearly and broadening educational horizons; it is part of our effort to support research-oriented learning in our Bachelor and Master programs. We want you to get the most out of your studies here at Humboldt.

At the beginning, your foremost concern will certainly not be with academic issues but rather with practical everyday problems. This guide has been designed to help you master the problems and challenges of your new environment. Naturally, the International Office Staff are also here to help. Once you have overcome the initial difficulties, we hope that you will be prepared to enrich this university with your own experience, a contribution which would be very much appreciated. We also hope that we can learn from you how the world is seen and understood in other parts of the globe. In this way you will contribute to the function of the Faculties and Departments of Humboldt-Universität as marketplaces of scientific and personal exchange on an international scale.

Humboldt-Universität holds countless opportunities for new experiences in store for you. Naturally, you want to attend lectures and classes, but you might also get involved in university sports. You may join one of the choirs or the Humboldt orchestra. There is a multitude of extra-curricular activities, where you can give other Humboldt students a chance to meet you. There is always somebody to talk to at the International Club "Orbis Humboldtianus", which has an information point, a visa service, mentoring programs and a language exchange service. The club is the place where you can hear about forthcoming events, take part in intercultural training sessions and register for excursions and city tours.

Additionally, it is the meeting point for regular discussion groups and the venue of country-specific events.  So, apart from working on your studies, spending some time at Orbis should be a regular item on your timetable during your stay at Humboldt-Universität. And after completing your studies, you are welcome to join our Alumni Program, which will keep you informed about new developments at the university. We want you to know that we would like to stay in touch after you have returned home.

I wish you every success during your stay at Humboldt-Universität.

Dr. Ursula Hans
Director, International Office