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UVA Exchange: Humboldt University
Berlin, Germany (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 15-OCT-2017
25-OCT-2017 01-APR-2018 11-AUG-2018
NOTE: Confirm dates with the host university. Dates will be sent from the host university in admissions materials. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 30.
Year 2018-2019 15-MAR-2018 25-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: Accepted students must commit to the program by March 30.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3
Language Requirement:
1000 level, 2000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Off-campus, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, German
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
African-American & African Studies, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology
Program Description:

Humboldt University was founded in 1810 by Wilhelm von Humboldt, who was supported and inspired particularly by the philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte and the theologist Friedrich Schleiermacher. Today, the university is a leading research institution, comprised of eleven academic faculties (schools) with 35.000 students in attendance. As a visiting student at Humboldt, you will have the opportunity to take coursework in German along side local German and other international students. Annually, around 1,500 international students from 61 countries come to study at Humboldt. Students take classes from a wide range of disciplines in the Humanities such as gender studies, language and area studies; scientific fields including Natural, Agricultural and Horticultural sciences; Social Sciences; Education and Business Administration.

Beyond attending lectures, visiting students can also get involved in a range of activities, such as university sports, joining one of the choirs or joining the international club "Orbis Humboldtianus" which offers many services to international students including a mentoring programme called "Studis4Studis" and a language exchange service. Students also have the option of attending intercultural training sessions and participating in group excursions and city tours.

Students in Berlin are exposed to a vibrant and cosmopolitan environment, which offers a unique depiction of recent history, as the metropolis is still in the midst of reinventing itself after the long divide between East and West. The city holds keys to understanding Germany and the Germans, but also provides broader clues to understanding Europe, its long and difficult quest for common ground, and the persistent difficulties on its way. Additionally, students enjoy, overall, a lower cost of living than most other larger European cities. Berlin's location in central Europe makes the city a major hub for getting to other German cities, as well as other European countries.

Humboldt University's location in Berlin could not be more ideal. Located in the central neighborhood of Mitte, HU is within walking distance of major attractions, including museums, parks, government buildings and a range of restaurants and bars. As a student, you enjoy a discounted rate to public transportation.The well-organized public transportation system makes traveling around the city, and to neighboring suburbs, easy and affordable.

Exchange students may apply for housing to the HU International Office upon application. Accommodations are provided in student dormitories. Students can also find private accommodations upon arrival in Berlin.


International Student Information
International student homepage

2017-18 Application Procedures
2016-17 HU Incoming Student Guide
2017-18 Fact Sheet

3.0 GPA

Special note about German language proficiency:
Please read these requirements for application to Humboldt University (this applies to all visiting students).
Humboldt German Language restrictions

Courses (Language taught)

Berlin Perspectives Program
The Berlin Perspectives program allows students who have a lower level of proficiency in German to take courses in English (and lower-level courses in German if they wish) while taking a German language course. Students also take specific courses on Berlin and use the city as a classroom.
Berlin Perspectives - English.

Year: Early October – late July
Spring Semester: early April to late July

Due to the German academic calendar, fall-semester only study is not possible. Students may study for the year or for the spring semester.

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.

Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses