Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Berlin: Academics

Humboldt University

The University of Berlin was founded in 1810 and is Berlinís oldest university. Its name was changed to Humboldt in 1949 in honor of the statesman Wilhelm von Humboldt and his brother the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. The University occupies a former royal palace and was host to Marx and Engels as well as 29 Nobel Prize winners, including Albert Einstein and the nuclear scientist Otto Hahn. AIFS students take courses at the various departments in the University.

Academic Overview

In both Session 1 and Session 2 students can take one or two courses as outlined below:

  • German language only (3 credits)
  • German language + one subject course from Stream A or Stream B (6 credits)
  • One subject course only (3 credits)
  • Two subject courses - one from Stream A + one from Stream B (6 credits)

Session 1 and 2 Combined: Students taking both sessions can earn up to 12 credits and must list both language courses on their application.

All subject courses are taught in English. Students taking German take a placement test on arrival to determine the correct level. There is a maximum of 15 students in each German class.

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted number of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Class time Classes meet for 45 contact hours.

Computer facilities Students have access to the Internet and computer facilities at the University and to the Internet in the apartments.

Credits Courses are recommended for 3 semester credits - shown in parentheses in the course descriptions to follow.

ECTS: Humboldt University awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each studentís home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course description are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Student support The AIFS Resident Director provides academic advice and serves as a liaison between students and the University.

Transcripts are issued by Humboldt University. One official copy will be sent to the studentís home institution.

see course descriptions