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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Office


The study programs in Economics and Management Science are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and methods necessary for a critical and successful future involvement in the worlds of Economics and of Business. In particular, the programs draw on numerous international contacts and on the knowledge and experience of the distinguished German and foreign academics constituting the School's teaching staff. The primary emphasis of the School is on imparting rigorous and quantitative methods of economic analysis.



  1. Course lists
  2. Course choice for degree students
  3. Course choice for exchange students
  4. Berlin Perspectivs - special courses for exchange students
  5. Course choice for external students
  6. The formats of teaching
  7. Credits points and grades
  8. Translation help



Course lists | Vorlesungsverzeichnis

As a student at Humboldt-Universität you will have to compile yourself a study schedule of the lectures and seminars you wish to attend and the exams you want to take. The School offers courses and lectures on a comprehensive area of topics in business and economics. Information on the lectures and seminars offered and the number of ECTS-Credit Points to be awarded in each semester is available from the Vorlesungsverzeichnisse (course catalogues):


The "Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis" contains more detailed information. The course list is published in good time before lectures begin in a new semester (end of January and end of July, respectively). Please find out more about the topics and contents of the courses at the web pages of the professors. You can easily browse to the page you need by using the link Professuren.

The academic year is spit into a winter term (Oct-Feb) and a summer term (Apr-Jul). You might want to have a look into the previous respective course list to get an idea, which courses are offered in which term.

Here is an example for a class in the course list with a short explanation on what each entry means (click to enlarge):

The other resourse for searching courses is AGNES (www.agnes.hu-berlin.de). Here you can search for specific courses, make up your own schedule and find relevant information: https://hu.berlin/searchcourses


Course choice for degree students

As a degree student, you first need to be aware of the Prüfungsordnung of your particular program. This document describes all the regulations that you need to fulfill in order to graduate in your specific degree. Here you will find which courses are mandatory for you, which courses will count as electives and further options to complete your degree. It is essential to read and understand this document, which is available online. Some say this may be the greatest challenge to obtaining a university degree in Germany.


If you are confused right now, don’t worry. All this will be explained in orientation weeks and it will get a lot clearer from there. For a description of the courses, please refer to the Studienordnungen of the BWL and VWL study programs at the webpage of the Registrar's Office:

List of the courses in the
Master’s Program in Economics and Management Science


Course choice for exchange students

As an exchange student at our School, you can take all courses offered in the field of Business (Betriebswirtschaftslehre - BWL) and Economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre - VWL). Furthermore, you can take elective courses from other disciplines (look at the agnes course list: "Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich"). Langauge courses as well as Berlin Perspectives Courses are open to you as well.

The courses at the School of Business and Economics have a strong emphasis on imparting rigorous and quantitative methods of economic analysis and management science. Make sure that you possess a strong background in Mathematics. If you have taken statistics, calculus, algebra, economics, or any other advanced math courses, your profile will suit our program. Exchange students can choose courses on the bachelor level (courses predominantly in German) and from the various master programs (in English). Please ask your home university for courses (BA/MA-level) they will accept.

Participation in any of the courses and lectures is possible without special enrollment. Thus, there is no need to finally decide on activities before you come to Berlin. Seminars (marked as "SE" in the course list) are an exception to this - you register for them at the institutes that offer them. Since the application procedure and the prerequisites for participation vary between different seminars, look up the registration method and deadlines in the course list (see above) or contact the responsible lecturer in advance.

Only in certain cases (contact us!) Bachelor students will also have the option to take English classes only. You should be aware that this limits the choice of courses for dramatically. Especially if you are required to do a certain amount of credits, this may force you to take Master-level courses. These will obviously be more demanding!

Incoming exchange students can take courses in other subject areas of the HU or at other universities in Berlin (Freie Universität www.fu-berlin.de or Technische Universität www.tu-berlin.de) as well. A written permission of the teaching professor is necessary(‼). Such courses will NOT appear on the transcript of records. Instead they will be recognised on separate certificates.

Keep in mind that the course lists are subject to change!

Link to the Agnes course catalogue



If you are a Bachelor student, but prefer taking a couple of courses in English, we made a short summary of the English-taught courses in summer term 2017:




Berlin Perspectives - special courses for exchange students

Berlin Perspectives is an interdisciplinary module in English and German for international exchange students of all subjects. The module is consisting of 1-3 seminars (5, 10, or 15 credit points) The module focuses on the following areas:

  • Social Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Literature and Language Studies

The seminars introduce students to academic German and reinforce their studying skills. In addition, the students discuss various aspects of Berlin including topics such as German history, society and culture, thus providing a useful supplement to their main studies at the HU. Students learn in small seminar groups and can carry out the work required of them in either English or German.

Furthermore, Berlin perspectives offers you one German langauge class for free! For more information see their webpage:



Students from other schools/faculties/departments of HU

If you are a student not enrolled at the School of Business and Economics but rather at another department of HU, there is a certain set of courses open for you:

Economics Bachelor (in German):

  • Einführung in die Volkswirtschaftslehre und Wirtschaftsgeschichte
  • Mikroökonomie I
  • Makroökonomie I

Business Administration Bachelor (in German):

  • Externes Rechnungswesen
  • Marketing und E-Business
  • Finanzierung und Investition
  • Investmentanalyse und Portfoliomanagement

Economics Master (in English)

  • Introduction to Advanced Microeconomic Analysis
  • Introduction to Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis

Business Administration Master (in English)

  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Organization and Management
  • Marketing Management


The formats of teaching

Lecture | Vorlesung (VL)

During a lecture (Vorlesung - VL), the classic teaching format at university, a professor or other faculty member presents subject matter to students who take notes and elaborate in private study on the topic addressed in the lecture. Students can get credits by passing a written examination (Klausur) which will usually be set at the end of a set of lectures. Depending on the course or subject, duration of the exam varies between sixty minutes and several hours. You do not need to register to a lecture - just take part at the first lesson!

Tutorial | Übung (UE)

Often group work (Übungen - UE) related to a course of lectures is offered, which gives students an opportunity for in-depth study of the subject matter presented in the lectures. The aim is to give students a chance to apply and deepen acquired knowledge in practical exercises and try out methodological features of academic work.

Tutorials are always combined with a lecture. Just attending the tutorial is not sufficient. If the course lists states several dates, you can choose one of them - they all cover the same contents!

Seminar | Seminar (SE)

In seminars (Seminare - SE) students and university staff work jointly on a chosen topic. It is quite normal for students to give presentations (Referat) in seminars, which are subsequently discussed. The length and scope of the presentation will be specified by the teaching staff member. Frequently, topics to be covered in seminar presentations are allocated to students in the first few weeks of the sessions. At the end of the semester, students usually have to hand in semester papers (Seminararbeiten), which are explorations of a topic which both student and staff have agreed upon. Generally, Seminararbeiten at Bachelor level would comprise between 10 and 15 A4 pages, at the Master's level they can often consist of up to 25 or 30 pages. Please note that you will have to register for a seminar before the semester starts.

The semester week hour | Semesterwochenstunde

Semesterwochenstunde or SWS for short is a term often heard in the context of the students' time budget. One SWS is one 45-minute teaching period per week over one semester or, more specifically, during the time when lectures, classes, etc. take place (Vorlesungszeit) in a semester. Usually, a course has two teaching units per week (2 SWS).

An academic quarter | Akademisches Viertel

In accordance with German academic custom, the beginning of a lecture, class, etc. is announced or understood as „cum tempore“ or c.t. for short. It means the session actually begins a quarter of an hour (therefore "akademisches Viertel") later, which gives student sufficient time to move from one room or location to the next.




Please note, you will only get credits if you pass the term-exams immediately following the respective courses. Just attending the lectures is not sufficient to receive any credits!

The credit points system is equivalent to ECTS (European Credit Point Transfer System). ECTS are given for the Leistungsnachweise (graded paper or examinations which students obtain). If you only attend a course without passing an exam, you will not get any credits or certificates of attendance. You can decide yourself which seminars and lectures you attend, you have access to every course listed in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis. It is possible to attend courses at other departments as well, but we cannot guarantee access.

Vorlesungen (VL) combined with Tutorial (Übung-UE) and a written examination of about 2 hours: 6 ECTS

Seminars (SE): 6 ECTS

Duration of course unit: One course unit takes usually one semester (15 weeks) and four hours a week, split up to the Vorlesung and the Übung (4 Semesterwochenstunden - SWS).


Glossary and translation help

Even if your German is already perfect you may have some problems with the more technical terms you will encounter during your studies at HU. To help you with these, visit the glossary available here.

General Abbreviations/Translations used in the course list



business studies














Integrierte Veranstaltung

mixture of lecture and tutorial



block course



research seminar


Spandauer Str. 1



Unter den Linden 6



Dorotheenstr. 26



credit points

credit points per lecture, equivalent to ECTS



hours per week



nomen nescio (lecturer not yet decided)



course description








14 tgl. (or tägl.)

every second week





Prüfungsleistung / Klausur


For a more encompassing list of translations you may need during your stay at HU, have a look at the glossary over at the university's homepage or see our own translation help!! 


Taking courses without being enrolled at HU's School of Business and Economics

If you like to follow other courses, you'd need the permission of the respective lecturer. Here is what you need to do in oder to be allowed to take classes:

Nebenhörer (enrolled at any German university):
  1. At the start of the semester: Check with the teacher of the course you like to take if he/she allows you take the course and fill in the form "Antrag auf eine Nebenhörerschaft" (https://www.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/bewerbung/formulare/G-N%20Hoerer). Without this permission you are not able to obtain any credits! It is not possible to take seminars (SE), but only lectures (VL) and tutorials (UE).
  2. Fill in the form “Verbindliche Anmeldung zu Prüfung” (www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/studium/pa/formulare/pranmeldung.pdf) with your data and have it signed by the respective teacher of the course you like to take. You will need a separate signature for every single course in case you are taking more than one. There is no real field assigned to this in the form, just use some of the free space.
  3. Hand in the completed form at the examination office (“Prüfungsbüro”) during the exam registration period. Usually, this will be in January (Winter Term) or June (Summer Term). Do not miss the deadline posted at www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/studium/pa/termine!
  4. To get your Transcript of Records you need to send your home address (not the one in Berlin) after successful registration to the class to the examination office (www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/studium/pa). Please mention specifically any seminars you may have attended and your matriculation number in the email.
  5. You may also set this up directly at the examination office.
Gasthörer (NOT enrolled at any German university):

If a professor allows it, you might be able to follow the class, but unfortunately, you are not allowed to take examinations (i.e. you will not get credits points from HU). Check with the teacher of the course you like to take if he/she allows you take the course and fill in the form "Antrag auf eine Nebenhörerschaft" (https://www.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/bewerbung/formulare/G-N%20Hoerer).


Problems with your studies? Thinking of dropping out?

You are not sure whether to continue your studies and consider dropping out? You do not know what your opportunities and perspectives, given that discontinuing your studies is your definite choice? We can assist you in your decision and advise you about your options.


Every Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Student Service Center in the university’s main building (Unter den Linden 6)
The counselling is confidential, neutral and independent. There is no registration needed, simply show up at the counter.

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