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Program sponsor: Northwestern
In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Humboldt University and take classes with local and other international students. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year with course offerings available in German and English.
The program is targeted to independent students with advanced German, who are able to take German- taught content courses, or students in the social science and humanities who would like to enroll in the English- taught Berlin Perspectives program.
Because of the German academic calendar, note that this exchange is for Fall-Winter, Spring, or Full Year. The NU Fall-Winter exchange (during the HU Winter term) takes place from the start of October to end of March. The NU Spring exchange (during the HU Summer term) takes place from the start of April to the end of July/ early August.
Before each semester HU hosts student orientation activities (in mid-September and mid- March). Additionally, the International Club "Orbis Humboldtianus" offers visiting students a Mentoring Program, a Visa Service, a Language Exchange, as well as a very diverse Cultural Program, including city tours, museum visits, concerts, study trips, parties and more.
Students at Humboldt University (HU) can select from a broad offering of courses taught in German including agricultural sciences, archaeology and cultural studies, biology, biophysics, business administration, chemistry, computer science, economics, geography, information management, information technology, mathematics, physics, psychology, social sciences, and sports sciences. Berlin Perspectives, an interdisciplinary module in English and German for both HU students and international students of all subjects, is also available to exchange students.
Open to Northwestern students from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
4 to 6 Northwestern units.
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements which requires a high level oforganization and independence.
In Germany, student halls of residence are primarily run by the Studierendenwerk, (a student welfare organization) rather than by the university. The accommodations section of the Humboldt Guide for International Students has additional details and links to assist students in finding their own accommodations.
Humboldt University ranks among the top 10 of German universities. Humboldt University is well known for its research in the ancient world and history of sciences, philosophy, quantitative economics, life sciences with a focus on theoretical biology, neuroscience and Immunobiology, mathematics as a key technology, material and optical sciences as well as climate and sustainability research. Students at Humboldt University may study at either traditional institutes of Campus Mitte, the picturesque Campus Nord, or at the modern Natural Science Campus Adlershof.
Browse the program handbook for more detailed information about excursions, courses, and identity-based considerations. Note: This is the previous year's handbook and should be used for informational purposes only. Do not make any travel plans based off of the dates or information provided here.
Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.
Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.
*Budget sheets for exchange programs were last updated on September 14, 2020. All international travel associated with undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs slated to begin during the Fall 2020 quarter, including all Fall 2020, Fall/Winter 2020-21, and Full Year 2020-21 exchange programs, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Students attending exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which covers academic fees, program administration, orientation, and GeoBlue health insurance. For exchange programs lasting two quarters, the program fee is equivalent to a semester (1.5 quarters) of Northwestern tuition.
This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern exchange programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.
Once you are approved to attend an exchange program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.
Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:
The program fee includes tuition and GeoBlue health insurance. It does not include additional program-related costs, such as housing, meals, or airfare. Refer to your estimated budget sheet above for the full estimated breakdown of your expenses abroad.
If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact GLO for assistance.
If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.
You should not pay your exchange institution directly for tuition. Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee (outlined above). You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and exchange programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.
It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Review estimated costs on your budget sheet, linked above.
If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.
If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.
If you withdraw or are dismissed from an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.