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Humboldt University Berlin

4.2 out of 5 (38 ratings / 30 reviews) Berlin, Germany
2010 marked the 200th anniversary of the Humboldt-Universität. Numerous events from October 2009 to December 2010 honoured the ideas of its founding fathers. In dialogue with the city of Berlin, the alma mater celebrated science, research and teaching, and the relevance of Humboldt’s founding principles for the present day.

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Two hundred years ago, in 1810, Wilhelm von Humboldt's vision of a new type of university became reality. The newly founded Prussian alma mater was the first to introduce the unity of research and teaching, to uphold the ideal of research without restrictions and to provide a comprehensive education for its students. These principles of Wilhelm von Humboldt and a select group of contemporaries soon became general practice throughout the world. A new era of university and academic research had begun.


Humboldt's ideal of the coexistence of research and teaching has become a model for universities all over the world. Central to this model is the idea of research-oriented teaching and the transfer of knowledge from the spirit of research. Students and teachers are joined together in an endeavour to critically examine traditional bodies of knowledge and to actively advance learning. For this reason, the Humboldt-Universität promotes social and communicative competences among all of its members and supports their initiatives wherever it can.


Since its foundation, Humboldt-Universität has been a universitas litterarum embracing all major scientific disciplines in the humanities and arts, social and cultural sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, medicine and agricultural sciences. The profile of Humboldt research is reflected in Clusters of Excellence, ten DFG Collaborative Research Centers and in 13 Research Training Groups in which Humboldt-Universität has the coordinating function.


Humboldt-Universität also plays a significant role in the DFG Research Center Matheon. Being aware of the growing need for interdisciplinary research, Humboldt began to set up ad hoc Integrative Research Institutes and Interdisciplinary Centres across faculty boundaries, some of which include Collaborative Research Centres.

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Student services

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin considers itself as a public institution offering a great variety of services. Thus, the central information service supports users in finding their way among more than 5,000 addresses and approximately 100 public events each month.Further services are provided by the University's central institutions, such as the library with more than 4.2 million books and journals and support for more than 29,000 internet accounts.

Housing services

The Berlin housing market offers a wide range of apartments and rooms. Housing is available in many different sizes and at various prices and in all Berlin districts.In preparation of your stay in Berlin in your home country you should seek initial information about accommodation in the city. To make your search easier, we refer you to the an overview of local real-estate information sources in Berlin.Should you not have an apartment when you arrive in Berlin, you can rent a room from the University's guest house for the first few weeks.

Student Life

Campus life

Today, the former Palais of Prince Heinrich on the avenue Unter den Linden, is the representative seat of the university As an integral part of Berlin's marvelous city centre, it draws many visitors every year. The institutes of the Humboldt-Universität are grouped into three main campuses.

Campus Mitte – rich in tradition – is home to the Arts and Humanities, Law, Economics and Business Studies as well as Theology. On the picturesque Campus Nord, the Life Sciences are concentrated. Mathematics and the Natural Sciences are located on the modern, high-tech Campus Adlershof.

Sports facilities

HU Berlin Sport and Recreation offers students and staff a varied programme of courses. In addition to traditional sports such as football, volleyball and basketball, you can also try trendy sports such as Zumba, climbing or kickboxing. Sport and Recreation is meeting the steadily increasing demand (particularly for health/sport courses) with a comprehensive, specific programme. More than 80 sports and forms of exercise are offered to around 17,000 participants every semester. The Sport and Recreation programme also includes workshops, advanced training and competitive events.

Student clubs

Former students of Humboldt-Universität are able to choose from a variety of initiatives and associations. These are supporting activities like graduations, alumni reunions, and career services. Due to their specific faculty relations, those associations offer specialized events and contacts.The central alumni office would like to encourage further interchange between the initiatives and subsequently offers a central service to both alumni and initiatives.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I study Biophysics at the Humboldt University Berlin. That subject is a lot of work in general and it can be very hard sometimes. But I'm still very interested in the topic. So it is worth it for me. The Humboldt University is pretty unorganized especially when you study a subject that only very few people study like me. Good communication between the student helps,...

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I graduated in English Lit and wanted to learn more about politics. With this degree a change in direction was possible and the internship opportunities are amazing. In this programme you really get to expand your horizon, and feel welcomed in a small, family kind of atmosphere. It's been so great to have classes with people all around the world. The only issue was that...

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

As I should write my review in about 5 minutes and as I have an important exam next week, I´ll write it in my mother tongue. In my opinion, we don't have to speak English perfectly to be or to feel european, and you know how french people are… Always avoiding to speak English. Well, not always. Cela me permettra également de mieux m´exprimer, car je vous promets qu´il y...

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