Welcome to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dear students,

Welcome to Humboldt-Universität.

Humboldt  connects research and teaching in a conscious and deliberate manner, and we hope that – in addition to  realizing your personal academic plans – you can come into contact with the diversity, interdisciplinarity and multidimensionality of research and teaching  in Berlin. We want to offer you study opportunities “à la Humboldt”, in order to facilitate explorative learning at the Bachelor level and then afterwards at the Master level. Do take advantage of the diverse opportunities that Humboldt-Universität and Berlin have to offer. A new environment also always creates new perspectives and shifts tried and true relationships; it opens up new possibilities for learning and living.

Because we know that your concerns at the beginning of your time here are not purely academic,  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 that you will contribute your experience and your background to the University. We appreciate your readiness in this regard and 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 are making a valuable contribution, adding to the reputation of the faculties and institutes of Humboldt-Universität as international forums of scientific and personal exchange.

Innumerable opportunities will also be opened up to you by Humboldt-Universität. You want to study, certainly; but make sure to take advantage of the opportunities offered to you by university sports, by the various choirs 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“, there are many services and programmes available to you: our info desk, a visa service, mentoring programmes and a language exchange. “Orbis Humboldtianus“ is a meeting point, where you will not only come into contact with other students, but where you will also find information on events, intercultural trainings, excursions and guided tours. Not only will regulars’ tables and international theme nights take place there. The International Club should, in addition to your department, become and remain a fixed point of reference during your period of study. After you have completed your studies at Humboldt, you will have the opportunity to become part of our alumni programme and remain informed about developments at Humboldt-Universität. We would like to remain in touch with you.

On behalf of Humboldt-Universität, I wish you a successful stay.

Dr. Ursula Hans    
Director, International Office