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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Welcome Weeks

Congratulations, you are now part of the international family at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU)! On behalf of the International Office at HU, we would like to wish you a very warm welcome and a good start at the School of Business and Economics. Over 40% of students at our School have an international background and we pride ourselves for being a versatile and rich learning community.

This page delivers usefull information on how to settle in, it is a short version of our international student's handbook.

You should plan on arriving in Berlin about a month before the lectures start so that you can take the necessary administrative steps and participate in the Integration Weeks.


Welcome Weeks for International Exchange Students

Here you can find the program: Welcome Weeks 2019


Welcome Weeks for Degree Students

Each winter term the School of Business and Economics organizes Introduction Weeks for all new students. It is a well balanced mix of introducing you to the university life (program structures, rules and regulations, courses and professors), refurbishing your knowledge of mathematics and econometrics and settling down in Berlin.


  • For Bachelor Students

For all new bachelor students at our School, we offer the "Ersti-Woche" (freshman week). You will receive information about this with your "Zulassungsbescheid" (admission letter). You are not required to register in order to participate, simply show up.

The schedule events can be found on the webpage of the "Studienbüro" (Student Affairs Office), your contact for all questions: www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/studium/sb/erstsemester

Furthermore, the central International Office organizes many welcome events and mentoring programs for international students at the HU (mostly in German): https://www.international.hu-berlin.de/de/studierende/an-der-hu/mentoring/famos

For general information and more help on organizing your studies, see www.hu-berlin.de/de/studierende/veranstaltungen/zentrale-orientierungsveranstaltungen


  • For Master Students

Many events of the welcome weeks for international master students are organized directly by the International Office and of course, the StuRa. Please make sure, that you arrive in Berlin at least mid September. Here is the Welcome Weeks schedule for the (international) master students: https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/sb/erstsemester As an international Masters student you are more than welcome to join the events organized for our exchange students (see below), as well! You can have a look at our Welcome Weeks 2019




Welcome Guide

In order to facilitate your start in Berlin, we have prepared the following information on the most important issues for you:

Before Arrival

Upon Arrival

After Arrival

MEMS Specific Information


Before Arrival - Berlin here we come!

Now that you have received your acceptance letter, those of you who don't live in Berlin yet can start doing the necessary arrangements to move. We encourage you not to underestimate the time it might take you to find accomodation in Berlin and to take care of this as early as possible.



Searching for housing is one of the less pleasant procedures out of all associated with planning your stay in Berlin. Therefore, the earlier you start searching, the higher the probability is for you to get a decent apartment/room.

The student dormitories are provided by the city of Berlin through Studentenwerk, who accepts reservations for various rooms. The average rent for a student accommodation is between 160 EUR and 365 EUR per month. Please note that dormitories do not belong to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; they are for all students studying in Berlin, and thus, we would like to stress that the International Office Team does not have any influence on availability, room, or dormitory selection.

If you are interested in a student dormitory, we recommend that you sign-up as soon as possible. For further information or to sign up, please visit https://www.stw.berlin/en/housing.html.

In order to apply for a student dormitory you have to provide a confirmation of the paid administration fee. A receipt from or an electroniclally generated confirmation by your online bank will suffice for this.

The best option to find private housing in Berlin is through www.wg-gesucht.de. Here you will find a wide variety of different offers. Just write to them and go through the castings. Another option is the House of Nations (http://house-of-nations.de), which offers cheap accommodation for international students (and has its own brewery and beer garden!).

A number of other opportunites is explicitly described and listed on the following page. 

Housing Opportunities:


Visa Application (if necessary) 

You can initiate the visa process with either your letter of acceptance. Please check with your local German consulate or embassy about their requirements and documents you have to bring along. It is to your own advantage to make an appointment as early as possible, since it may take up to two months from the moment of application until the day of issuance. For the citizens of countries which are allowed to enter Germany without a visa and stay for a certain period of time, it is possible to apply for a student visa when already in Germany.

Visa requirements for various countries: 


Literature List for Master Students

In order to get prepared for your start as a masters degree student at HU, and spend less time struggling with topics treated as self-evident by the teachers, it is highly recommended that you spend some of your free time during the summer break enjoying some of our selected readings. After following the link and landing in our FAQ section, please navigate to the point: "Do you recommend any literature in order to prepare my studies in the program?". It might seem a lot at first, however, it is absolutely worth it.

Suggested Readings:


Upon Arrival - Welcome to Berlin!

This section briefly covers important To-Dos and activities before the semester begins. We also want to point out that you can take a look at offered courses in the upcoming winter semester already now. Keep an eye on these sections, they will be updated from time to time.


Registration at a local Bürgeramt (Police Registration)

One of the first things you have to do once you arrived in Berlin is registering with the local authorities at the Bürgeramt. This should be taken care of within the first two weeks after your arrival. The easiest and fastest way to do so is by making an appointment, however, available appointments at some of the offices will be booked out far ahead. It might be worth either making an appointment already now or simply going to one of their offices in the suburbs upon your arrival.

Please make sure that the Bürgeramt that you are planning to visit, work without prior appointments. Queues in these Bürgeramts are generally long. Trying outside of the city center usually turns out to be a less stressful affair. Opening days and times vary; the most current information is available online:  www.berlin.de/verwaltungsfuehrer/buergerberatung (German only). Select the borough (Bezirk) you live in for more information. However, you may use the services of every Bürgeramt, regardless where you plan to live.

List of all Bürgerämter in Berlin:

In case you need your Anmeldebestätigung urgently, you can also call the “administration emergency hotline” (phone number 115) – their staff have an overview of all free slots (also on a short notice), and are usually happy to help.


What to bring?

You will need your passport and your rental agreement (Mietvertrag) along with the completed form (Anmeldung bei der Meldestelle), which will be provided at the Bürgeramt. You don’t have a contract yet? No problem: Just make sure that you know the name and address of the person you are staying with. This usually works. In short:

  • Identity card or passport
  • Registration form „Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde“:  https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/120686/
  • Written confirmation of arrival (Einzugsbestätigung) signed by your landlord. This document must contain the following information: full name and address of your landlord, move-in date, address of the apartment and full name(s) of the person(s) registering at that address. A copy of the rental contract is apparently not a substitute for the written confirmation of arrival. A sample confirmation of arrival is available online at the following address: http://www.berlin.de/formularserver/formular.php?402544


Note: If you have not found a permanent apartment, you can temporarily register at the place you are staying at right now. Just make sure that you will be able to receive important mail from us at your current location. So in case you are staying with a friend write “c/o Name of Friend” in your address. As soon as you find a permanent address, you will have to re-register and please be sure to change your address in AGNES (the online school system) as well at that point.


What do you get?

You will receive your Anmeldebestätigung, which consists of part of the form you filled out, complete with a big fat stamp and the usually illegible signature of the official who deals with you. This, together with your passport or other legal ID, is your official proof of address for living in Berlin and is necessary for whenever you need to confirm your address (e.g. when opening a bank account, obtaining a library card or renting a DVD / video). If you move while in Germany (even within Berlin), you need to re-register with your new address.


Making an appointment with a Bürgeramt:



Bank Account and University Fees 

Once in Germany, it is in your best interest to open a bank account as soon as possible. Most monthly bills are paid by bank transfer (Banküberweisung). In addition, if you have a job, your wages must be transfered to a German account.


What do you need to take with you?

  • Passport
  • Anmeldebestätigung from the Bürgeramt
  • HU official acceptance letter (or student ID) (in order to get a student account which is cheaper than the regular one)
  • It is also advisable to take some proof of your income, as some banks are reluctant to open an account otherwise. With a Girokonto (checking account), you will receive an ATM card and a PIN. However, be careful while withdrawing from the ATMs of other banks as it can be very expensive!
  • There are lots of different banks in Berlin, but we recommend that you use one of the ”Big Four“, i.e. Sparkasse, Dresdner Bank, Deutsche Bank, or Commerzbank. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Berliner Bank, Postbank, Norisbank and the HypoVereinsbank are part of the “Cash Group” alliance, meaning that their customers can withdraw at any of their ATMs without any charge.
  • Once you have opened a bank account we advise you to pay in the university fee stated in your Zulassungsbescheid for the winter semester and ask for a stamped receipt for your payment or a print-out of the confirmation of the online payment as this is essential for immatriculation.
  • The account details are:
    Name:   Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    IBAN:   DE14 1007 0848 0512 6206 04
    BIC/Swift-Code:   DEUTDEDB110
    Bank:   Berliner Bank AG & Co.KG
    Verwendungszweck (subject): 2019/2020 WS IMMATRIKULATION (LAST NAME, FIRST NAME)


Health Insurance

As part of the enrollment process, all students will need to show proof of health insurance. In order to register at the university, you will need to have a valid health insurance. It could be either a health insurance issued in your country and covering your stay in Germany or a German health insurance.

You are more than welcome to address any of the German health insurance companies on your own.

Note that even if you have valid insurance from Europe or even a private German insurance, you will need to get a form from them confirming that you do not need insurance from the Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung. You do not need to worry about shopping around the different insurance companies because the prices and services for students are the same among insurers. That being said, you are free to get coverage with any insurance provider you like before the enrollment date.


For further information, see


Immatrikulation = Enrollment

You will have to officially enroll at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin before commencing your studies here. Registration takes place from the 2nd until the 30th of September. Registration after the deadline is possible upon a penalty fee and should be carried out until the 17th of October the latest. Office hours for the registration are printed on your Letters of Acceptance and are also available online. You should not wait until the last day and register in advance. The closer the start of the semester, the longer the waiting line gets.

Please bring the ALL the documents stated in your Zulassungsbescheid (Acceptance Letter) with you!

Remarks on some of the documents:

  • Please bring the original certificates and transcripts plus a copy of everything
  • In case degree documents are not in English or German: certified translations
  • As for the proof of payment of the university dues and fees: a copy of your payment document (e.g. account statement) is sufficient
  • MEMS students: Please bring the official GRE and English language certificates, in case you haven’t sent it to us already
  • MEMS students: the Immatrikulationsantrag (enrollment form) is to be downloaded from the following webpage: studienplatz.hu-berlin.de. The International Office team may help you filling out the enrollement form if needed.
  • The head of the Immatrikulationsbüro for international students is Frau Friedland ( zulassung-international@uv.hu-berlin.de ), and you should ask to work with her specifically. The office is located in the Student Service Centre on the ground floor of the main building (Unter den Linden 6).
  • Office hours: (Please take into consideration that you will have to wait)

Mo:     13.00-15.00
Wed:   13.00-15.00
Fr:      09.00-11.00

Deadline for Immatrikulation: September 30, 2019


Residence Permit 

If you are from outside the EU and require a residency permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis), you might need to make an appointment with the foreign affairs office (https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/termine/).

Alternatively, the whole service is offered by the University’s Visa service!!! On their website, they have detailed information about what you will need and their office hours: u.hu-berlin.de/visa

You might also go to the Ausländerbehörde without an appointment. However, they have a limited number of applicants that they can process in a day. So you have to show up there and queue up at 4 in the morning. If you are a little late then there is high possibility that you might not be able to make your residence permit that day.

Make sure you bring all relevant documents! See https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/dienstleistungen/service.271950.php/dienstleistung/305244/


After Arrival - Ich bin ein Berliner!


Language Courses

Although you can get along in Berlin with English only, knowing some German will definitely enrich your experience and make your life in Berlin even more versatile. Every semester HU's Language Centre offers "Deutsch als Fremdsprache". No matter what your current German language proficiency is, there is a sufficient number of courses offered for students of all levels. International bachelor level students can earn ECTS towards their degree by attending these courses, whereas for master students language courses are treated as an extracurricular activity.

Language Courses:


Modules and Courses 

Curious about different subjects which are offered at the school? Just check the module description! It is important to keep in mind that not all of the courses listed in the description will be offered in the upcoming winter semester. For the courses offered currently, check the course list. Please do not forget about the program structure when planning your studies! Should you see a course which attracts your attention, make sure to take it now as it might not be offered in the next term/year.



Useful Websites



Specific Information for students of the Master's Program in Economics and Management Science



MEMS Facebook Group


Since you might be wondering who are all these people from thirty different countries who were admitted to the program this year along with you, we have created a facebook group! You are more than welcome to send us a request by following the link and we will add you.

Join our facebook group: 


Please, feel free to use the group to receive answers to any of your questions, but also to get to know each other before coming to Berlin. Our previous experience with the group was that people planned inoffocial catch ups and even grouped up and searched for an apartment to move in together before the semester starts. You can come up with anything that seems suitable to you and might be worth discussing and sharing with others.

In addition to communicating, we will also be posting about ongoing social events. Those of you who are already in Berlin or plan on coming in the nearest future are more than welcome to join us!


MEMS Modules and Courses

Curious about different subjects which are offered at the school? Just check the module description! It is important to keep in mind that not all of the courses listed in the description will be offered in the upcoming winter semester. For the courses offered currently, check the course list. Please do not forget about the program structure when planning your studies! Should you see a course which attracts your attention, make sure to take it now as it might not be offered in the next term/year.

MEMS Program structure and courses: 

MEMS Module Description: 

Recommended Schedule for the first semester

Our principle of freedom in research and teaching also means freedom for students when it comes to choosing their courses. In this spirit, our master’s course offers students extensive flexibility. However, this freedom does require personal initiative and choice.

Due to the various study paths, it is basically impossible to give one standard schedule for MEMS students. We still have one huge reccommendation for everyone: TAKE THE CORE COURSES DURING YOUR FIRST SEMESTER/YEAR!

You should make up your mind, which major you'd like to take and also already take courses in this field.


The location of all lectures is in the School's Building in Spandauer Str. 1!


Economics Core Courses:

  • Introduction to Advanced Microeconomic Analysis
  • Introduction to Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis
  • You might also take Advanced Microeconomic Theory (PhD-Level)


Management Core Courses:

  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Grundzüge der Besteuerung (in German)
  • Marketing Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Organization and Management
  • Business Analytics and Data Science


Quantitative Methods Core Courses:

  • Econometric Methods - 12 credits!
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Multivariate Statistical Analysis I