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Humboldt University (Germany)
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll, Exchange Language of Instruction: German
Language Prerequisite: Yes Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Number of Credits: 4
Program Advisor: Office of Education Abroad (Email Courses Offered: English, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, German, History, Political Science, Pre-Law, Religious Studies
Program Description:


Why Humboldt?

The Humboldt University of Berlin (German Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 1828 it was known as the Frederick William University (Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität), later (unofficially) also as the Universität unter den Linden after its location. In 1949, it changed its name to Humboldt-Universität in honour of both its founder Wilhelm and his brother, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Humboldt University is where major European thinkers such as Karl Marx and Albert Einstein studied and taught. As a student at Humboldt University, you will take regular university courses in a variety of fields with German and international students. Theaters, cinemas, museums, and galleries are all a short walk from the campus, which occupies a former royal palace. Berlin is a dynamic, multicultural city with a vibrant nightlife and a wide array of cultural and recreational activities. If you need additional German instruction to meet the program requirements or if you would like extra language preparation, you can enroll in the Pre-ILP (Pre-Intensive Language Program) Berlin. Students attend classes with host country students. As one of over one hundred German universities, the Humboldt-Universität was chosen “University of Excellence” in June 2012. It was successful in all three funding lines in the third round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and awarded for its future concept “Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality – Openness – Guidance”. In an international comparison, Humboldt- Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. Scientists here research socially relevant topics and challenges of the future and communicate these with the public. Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching. Its aim is to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework.

Academic Highlights

Since its foundation, Humboldt-Universität has been a “universitas litterarum” embracing all major scientific disciplines. As a universitas litterarum, Humboldt-Universität offers all of the major academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, mathematics, the natural sciences, medicine and agricultural sciences. Research at the Humboldt-Universität goes beyond the traditional division of humanities and social sciences on one hand and natural and life sciences on the other. It is an excellent research university that delivers top-level achievements in a wide variety of fields in both national and international comparisons. The Research Service Centre provides the University’s researchers with professional support. The Research Service Centre is the main point of contact at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on all research matters. It provides researchers with comprehensive and effective support in all aspects of their individual and collaborative research activities. This support ranges from the initial acquisition and management of third-party funding to the transfer of research findings, e.g. via the foundation of innovative companies. The defining characteristics of Humboldt-Universität’s research profile include the outstanding achievements of its researchers; the development and shaping of new academic fields at the interfaces of different areas of research; extensive use of the opportunities afforded by Berlin and Brandenburg as a research location for intensive cooperation with a large number of non-university research institutes; and close links within Germany and abroad. Humboldt-Universität’s research strength is based on the wide variety of the disciplines represented by its professors and other researchers.

Student Life

In every faculty there is a particularly active group of students which is referred to as Fachschaftsinitiative. The group represents students' interests in the institutes and departments belonging to the faculty. It cooperates with the departmental Academic Committee (Fachbereichsrat) and its sub-committees. Senior members organise the annual Orientation Week and campus tours for new students/freshmen. During the semester, members of the Student Committees hold counselling sessions where students are given useful information on organising their studies and on everyday life at university. Besides, the Committees also organise excursions and parties such as the "Semesterfrühstück" (semester breakfast) and occasional mentoring programmes. Language partnerships provide an excellent opportunity for international students to meet German fellow-students and to improve their knowledge of German. In return, many German students are interested in learning the language their international "tandem" partner speaks. Two newspapers are produced at Humboldt-Universität: the university newspaper HUMBOLDT and the student newspaper UnAufgefordert. Both of them are monthly papers, which are available free of charge in the semester periods. Students may join the editorial teams of the papers. Along with that are many clubs and sports teams availble to expose you to everything new and old. The "Orbis Humboldtianus" International Club is a regular meeting point for all those German and international Humboldt students who enjoy meeting people from other countries and cultures. Attached to the Club is an Infothek (Information Point), which offers advice on questions concerning life and studies at Humboldt-Universität.

Living in Berlin

The minute you step off the plane in Berlin, you’ll feel its energy. It’s a place of new ideas, where sustainable technology and modern design are a way of life, and art galleries can be found on nearly every corner. But don’t forget, this dynamic city is also a center of modern European history—it has no equal for leaving its imprint on the political, social, and cultural history of the 20th century. A city once divided, Berlin lies at the heart of Germany – literally and figuratively. While it is the second most populous city in the European Union (metropolitan area notwithstanding), it maintains a more tranquil feel than other large cities, as 1/3 of the city is composed of forests, gardens, and parks. Berlin is not only the political capital of Germany, but arguably one of Europe’s capitals of art, culture, and politics. Designated a UNESCO “City of Design”, it possesses amazing architecture, cuisine, museums, and music and is a favored destination for young travelers and students. Berlin is also home to some of the top universities in Germany and all of Europe. 


While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.