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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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4.23 / 5 based on 233 reviews
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David
Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, 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: 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
I lived in Germany before, and spoke fluent german... although a lot of people did improve their german by the end of the year.
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David
Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Berlin is CHEAP (for a Londoner)! This means you can go out almost every night, to the coolest places on the planet. The only problem is...this inevitably leads to extremes, meaning you eventually get broke. The benifit being that by this point your also physically broke, meaning you give both your bank and back a break.
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Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Telephone, Housing, Food, Travel:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
COST SAVING: Get a Barclays account before leaving... Deutsche Bank and Barclays have an agreement, meaning you can access your growing Barclays overdraft free of charge from any Deutsche Bank ATM!
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David
Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
A lot of english language ones are available for those not strong on the old germanic side of the fence. As these courses didnt count towards my degree classification I hit an intellectual highpoint with "Mediation and Negotiation Management"... got a 1st - shock / horror!
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
No pastoral care, get used to it... German Uni's have 30,000 students at a minimum - what'd you expect?
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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David
Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
4.3/5
Overall
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.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
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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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
GET ANGEMELDET!
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David
Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Cookies (EXCELLENT club), and Greenwhich (EXCELLENT bar). Ost Gut (club) is a little shocking, but MUST be seen. The Panorma bar is inside the same building, and also worth a visit. Techno freaks can go to Tresor, I didnt. Its all so darn cheap, like London priced in Lira!
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David
Queen Mary & Westfield College - University of London, London, United Kingdom
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Its so cheap! University accomodation is literally located somewhere in Poland (nobody really knows). Suitable accomodation in Berlin is in great surplus, and can be obtained very easily through the Uni's SU.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I lived in west Berlin (Wilmersdorf), the Uni's in the heart of east Berlin (Mitte). If I could choose again id find an appartment (expect 300 euros a month) in arty Prenzlauer Berg (just north east of Mitte). Its on the tram line (operates 24hr mon - sun), easily accsesible and near all the clubs, cafes, bars et all... its also a beautifull, in which you can actually witness Berlin's growth into a European capital.
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