Life at Humboldt University
The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin) was founded in 1809 as the University of Berlin. In 1949 it was renamed in honour of Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt. It is one of Germany’s most prestigious universities and 57 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university, among them Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Famous alumni include Karl Marx, Otto von Bismarck, W. E. B. Du Bois, Angela Davis, Arthur Schopenhauer, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Walter Benjamin, Max Weber, Alice Salomon, Liselotte Richter, Lise Meitner, and Clara von Simson.
You will be studying at the HU Language Centre and the Department of Social Sciences on the main campus which is located on the Unter den Linden boulevard in central Berlin. The surrounding area offers many shopping opportunities, bars, restaurants, and cultural venues. Berlin is one Europe’s most exciting cities which is famous for its incredibly diverse and vibrant art, music and club scene.
The university offers accommodation for international exchange students via their International Office. There is also a large private housing market and compared to London rents are still affordable. Shared accommodation in apartments is very popular, especially in the districts of Prenzlauer Berg/Pankow, Friedrichshain/ Kreuzberg and Neukölln which are near to the centre. Rooms in shared accommodation are advertised online or posted at the university. Further information for international students is available from the university’s International Office.
Study during your year abroad
BSc Language, Culture and Society students will spend two semesters at HU. In each semester you will take up to 3 academic modules at the Department of Social Sciences as well as 2 language courses at the HU Language Centre.
Students will be able to pick their academic options from the Department of Social Sciences, from a list of appropriate choices agreed by HU and LSE.
Each academic module will involve 2-3 contact hours per week and the German language courses 2-4 contact hours per week. The winter semester runs from mid- October to the end of February and the summer semester from mid-April to mid-July.
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and be active participants.
Please remember this important information from your programme regulations:
Students must pass all assessments set by HU in order to be eligible for the award of the degree.
Where a student fails an assessment, they will be provided a resit either at HU at the end of the year abroad or when they are back in London at the start of the final year of the programme.