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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
4.17 / 5 based on 228 reviews.
The university was founded in Berlin in 1810, and the foundation concept of Wilhelm von Humboldt gave it the title "Mother of all modern universities". This concept envisaged a "Universitas litterarum" which would achieve a unity of teaching and research and provide students with an all-round humanist education. This concept spread throughout the world and gave rise to the foundation of many universities of the same type over the next century and a half. Read more

85% of students recommend
228 reviews
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I have nothing but fond memories of my time in Berlin. I think people may not always think of it as a desirable destination, but it's great once you give it a chance. Read Review
lazylisa, United States

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by Benameur, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Physics, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? While living in the Campus was great since it offered the opportunity to meet other students, living in an apratment with natives is probably the best way to get to know the country, language and culture
Personal comments:
Berlin is a huge city. It was very helpful to get a room arranged by my host university before I arrived there. Of course, some points (as the cleaness, location) were different from the standards in Switzerland but in general I was very pleased with my (big!) room.
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by rebeccamurray, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
There is sooooo much to do in Berlin - where to start?! I loved Prenzlauerberg - Eckstein for lavish breakfasts after nights on the town. Kreuzberg was also very cool in a different way - often randomn cultural events take place in Victoria park. Otherwise, I was barely in the same venue twice - there was so much to do!
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by Saskia, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Try not to get carried away with taking obscure courses as the teaching methods are different and you tend to learn more if you have a basic idea about the subject previous to your arrival.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
Initially it was very unclear what Humboldt University required of their Erasmus students. A better breifing for both the exchange students and the recieving lecturers would help.

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by Lisa, New York University, New York City, United States
Language, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
I spoke absolutely no German before I arrived in Berlin, but as with any language, hearing it spoken 24-7 helped immensely, and I'm sure that needing to use German on a daily basis contributed significantly to my progress in speaking it. Most people I came in contact with were patient with me if I had to struggle to communicate, and after a while the struggle eased up a bit.
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by spcallah, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, United States
Political Science, International Education of Studnets (IES)
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
Living in Germany gave me so many more opportunities to travel throughout Europe. One can't travel or live without spending money.
Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
cell phones are good, allow people to get intouch with you anywhere, not too expensive either. Look for the special numbers that the phone companies have that give you special rates to the US, they are definitely worth it. It's much cheaper to call home than it is for people in the US to call ther
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by David, Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Dont worry, Berlin is so cheap any administrative nightmares (ie accomodation) can be sorted out on arrival. Get Angemeldet immediatly, you are not a human without an "Anmeldebescheinigung". It is a prerequisite for: bank account, registration at uni, telephone and most other essentials.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Dont expect luxuries or support from the Uni, get on with it and you will have the time of your life.


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