Want to study at a Berlin university?
In this post I take a look at where to study in Berlin.
This post is an extract from my book The BreakingOut Guide To Moving To Berlin
Where To Study in Berlin
Berlin has four main universities and numerous other higher education colleges.
This means there are a lot of students in Berlin, currently estimated at 170,000 or more, over 25,000 of whom are from overseas.
To study at university level in Germany you need to have the upper high school Abitur certificate (the German equivalent of UK A-Levels), the French Bacalaureat or else the equivalent recognized qualification from your own country.
Here’s an outline of the basic steps you need to take if you want to study at a university in Berlin:
- Decide what you want to study
- Choose a university
- Check that you satisfy the entry requirements
- Complete and send in your application to the university, and when you have received your acceptance confirmation:
- Apply for your visa. This can take several weeks so allow sufficient time. Make sure your passport will be valid to cover the period of study time you will be spending in Germany.
The list below includes the largest university level institutions in Berlin, but it is not a comprehensive list of all colleges of higher education in the capital.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The Humboldt-University has over 28,000 students and is the second largest university in Berlin.
The Humboldt is Berlin’s oldest university and was founded in 1810. It’s situated in the heart of Berlin on the famous Unter den Linden boulevard.
During the division of Berlin, the Humboldt found itself located within East Berlin and so fell under the jurisdiction of the Communist East German government.
The Humboldt specializes in the humanities and medicine. The Charité hospital is run by the Humboldt as a joint faculty together with the Freie Universität Berlin, and is one of the largest and internationally renown medical facilities in Europe.
Freie Universität Berlin or Free University of Berlin
The Freie Universität or Free University or FU Berlin was established in 1948 as a response to the original Berlin university the Humboldt falling under the control of Communist East Berlin.
The FU currently has some 31,000 students. It’s one of the largest universities in Germany and also the largest in Berlin. It’s a campus university, based in the green leafy outer district of Dahlem in south-western Berlin.
The FU Berlin has gained international recognition in particular for the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, the Department of Earth Sciences, and the Charité hospital.
Technische Universität Berlin
The Technische Universität or Technical University or TU as it’s also known, has some 30,000 students and is one of the largest technical-based universities in Germany.
It’s located on the Straße des 17. Juni boulevard in the western part of the city. The TU offers top-quality degree programmes in eight faculties, primarily in the natural sciences.
Universität der Künste
The Universität der Künste or Academy of Arts provides courses in arts, design, performing arts, and music.
There are also a number of other higher education colleges in Berlin. Below are some of them (not a comprehensive list):
Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin BHT (University of Applied Sciences)
The BHT has over 10,000 students and is is situated in the centre of Berlin. It offers a wide range of courses in natural sciences, engineering and economics.
The Hochschule für Musik
The Hochschule für Musik is one of Europe’s leading colleges of music and currently has around 600 students. It’s situated in the historical centre of Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin Mitte.
Hochschule für Technik und Wissenschaft HTW (University of Applied Sciences Berlin)
The HTW is the largest university for the applied sciences in Berlin with around 10,000 students. It provides courses in computer science, technology, economics, and design.
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin HWR (Berlin School of Economics and Law)
The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HRW) is a recent merger of two universities. The HRW is now one of the largest universities for the applied sciences in Berlin with some 10,000 students.
If you want to study in Germany then the DAAD is one organization you definitely need to know about.
The DAAD or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) is the world’s largest publicly funded organization for the international exchange of students and researchers and represents institutes of higher education and student bodies in Germany.
They also provide scholarships for thousands of German and overseas students. In 2013 over 112,000 received funding of various kinds.
The DAAD also maintains a comprehensive database with the option to search for courses taught in English at universities in Germany.
My advice: The first thing you should do if you want to come to Berlin to study is to check out the DAAD website at http://www.daad.de/en/
One other thing. If you want to study at a German university then you’re going to have to learn at least some German.
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