Welcome to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dear students,

We are happy to welcome you to the Humboldt-Universität.

The university connects research and teaching in a conscious and deliberate manner, and we hope that you - in addition to the realisation of your own personal scholastic necessities - can come into contact with the diversity, interdisciplinarity and multidimensionality of research focuses and teaching areas in Berlin. We want to offer you study opportunities “à la Humboldt”, to facilitate explorative learning at the Bachelor’s level and then afterwards at the Master’s level. Please do take advantage of the diverse opportunities that the Humboldt-Universität and Berlin offer you. A new environment also always creates new perspectives and shifts tried and true relationships, and thus opens up new possibilities for learning and living.

Because we know that your concerns at the beginning of your time here are not highly scientific, but rather very practical, this Guide will give you thoroughly practical tips in order to help you tackle problems and deal with challenges in your everyday life.  Of course, the International Office is also available to you as a point of contact. After you have overcome the initial problems and challenges, we hope you will contribute to the university with your diverse and ample experiences. I want to assure you, that we appreciate your readiness in this regard. We hope that not only you yourself will learn, but rather, that we can also learn from you how one views and understands the world elsewhere. You make a valuable contribution that we highly esteem, in that the faculties and institutes of the Humboldt-Universität are international forums of scientific and personal exchange.

The opportunities that open up to you at the Humboldt-Universität are innumerable. You want to study, but take advantage of the opportunities offered to you from Hochschulsport for sports, and from the choruses and orchestras for music, as well as all of the other extracurricular opportunities. Give Humboldtians a chance to get to know you. In the International Club “Orbis Humboldtianus“, we have contact persons for you: our Info Desk, the Visa Service, mentoring programmes and the Language Exchange. “Orbis Humboldtianus“ is a meeting point, where you’ll not only come into conversation, but where you will also find information on events, intercultural trainings, excursions and guided tours. Not only will regulars’ tables (Stammtische) and international theme nights take place there. The International Club should, in addition to your institute of study, become and remain a fixed point of contact during your period of study. After your studies, you have the opportunity to become part of our alumni programme, and remain informed about developments at the Humboldt-Universität. We want you to know that we would like to remain in contact with you.

I wish you - on behalf of the Humboldt-Universität- a successful stay here.

Dr. Ursula Hans    
Director, International Office