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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
  • Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
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Program Description:


Humboldt University of Berlin Winter School

Location: Berlin, Germany
Program dates: January 7 2019 – January 25 2019
Application deadline November 15 2018
Duration 3 weeks

Experience Berlin in the winter season and learn German at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This course is specifically designed for those, who are seeking instructions in the German language and who would love to experience Germany's capital. Humboldt offers a range of courses across the Arts and Social Sciences, all instructed in German.

Germany - Humboldt Universitat - campus

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Academic Information

Language Classes are instructed in German.
Relevant subject areas: Germanic studies, History, Literature, Religion
Academic credit: 5 ECTS per subject
General Conversion: 7.5 ECTS = 6CP Sydney credits

Courses available
Germany and the New World Order 
The Berlin Wall and Cold War Era 
Cultural Memory - Museums in Berlin 
European City and Regional Development Planning - The Case of Berlin
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Germany 
Introduction to International Economic Law 
Human Rights in Germany: Gender, Racism and Social Justice 
Rational Decision-Making and Negotiation 
Berlin in the Winter 

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Useful Information 

Local Overview
Berlin is the party city that never seems to sleep. Here you can enjoy entertainment in small basement venues to huge dance clubs, sample German food and beer, go to the symphony or theatre, and learn about the city’s rich history. The University is based at the former Palais of Prince Heinrich on the avenue Unter den Linden, an important part of the city. There are three main campuses across the city.

Host institution
Founded in 1810 by Wilhelm von Humboldt as the "Mother of all modern universities", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin gave rise to the modern concept of a university by combining education and research. Since the reunification of Germany in 1990, the University has become the institution of choice for students from around the world due to the breadth of its courses and quality of its research – it’s one of the top 10 German universities and has been chosen as a “University of Excellence”.

The HUWISU Team gladly supports winter school student sin finding accommodation, but cannot guarantee housing due to the competitive rental situation in Berlin. Students who are accepted into the program and who have paid the fees will be contacted in case housing options become available. HUWISU strongly recommends searching  for accommodation on your own during the time of your stay. 
For further information regarding alternative housing opportunities in Berlin please see here: Private Accommodation Market Berlin

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This is a non-exchange program and all fees are paid to Humboldt University of Berlin

Program fee: 
840 EUR (approx. $1330 AUD)
Profgram fee inclusions: tuition, excursions, cultural & leisure programs, course materials (textbooks), private tutors.

Scholarships: Sydney Abroad is offering 5x $1500 Vice Chancellor's Mobility Scholarships available to applicants of this program.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, accommodation, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Berlin.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.  

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application ('Apply Now' below) > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (October/November) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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