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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

38 Languages Reviews
4.23 / 5 based on 233 reviews
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Lisa
New York University, New York City, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
Languages
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.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
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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mabelsimon
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Social Sciences, Graduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
sometimes I had difficulties with languaje in administrative and learning affairs. The difficulty of german language is very high, and I had to do my best in homeworks, exams and oral expositions. At the end this effort was very profitable, because I have learned a lot of new words, specialized language, slang expresions...
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rebeccamurray
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
It was perfect, my main priority was to practise and improve my german before returning to complete my final year at university. Complete submersion is definitely the way forward, although if you are a complete beginner you would probably benefit from contact with your native language relitively frequently (to stop you feeling like you're dreaming all the time)
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Benameur
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Physics, Graduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I chose to do an exchange year in the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin to improve my german. Arriving in Berlin, and getting the administrative tasks done wasn't very hard. Also getting in contact with my neighbors was pretty easy. The first time a difficulty occured was during the first week of lectures. But once the scientific jargon learned it all went OK
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Saskia
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Studying abroad and moving in intellectual circles greatly improved my German. I have gained a greater understanding of the subtleties of the language as well as expanded my vocabulary. However, most importantly the experience gave me a confidence in my own ability to communicate in German, in all situations and under pressure.
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aisty
Universitetas Vilniaus, Vilnius, Lithuania
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Copernicus programm
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
everyday you get more and more knowlegde regarding German language, however the German students don't show a big interest in communication with at first. Some courses were taken also in English, so it was good chance to improove both English and German
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