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Humboldt University Berlin

4.3 out of 5 (59 ratings / 34 reviews) Berlin, Germany
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.

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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.


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.

Library services

During the Nazi book burnings in 1933, no volumes from the university library were destroyed. In 2003, natural science related books were outhoused to the newly founded library at the Adlershof campus, which is dedicated solely to the natural sciences.

Student Life

Campus life

Its main building is located in the centre of Berlin at the boulevard Unter den Linden. The building was erected on order by King Frederick II for his younger brother Prince Henry of Prussia. Most institutes are located in the centre, around the main building, except the natural science institutes, which are located at Adlershof in the south of Berlin. Further, the university continues its tradition of a book sale at the university gates facing Bebelplatz. The books sold are reprints of those burnt during the Third Reich and is symbolic of the institution atoning for its participation.

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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