International exchange and networking across borders are of pivotal importance to our university. Much of this is lived daily in cutting-edge research and excellent teaching. Yet it is also our concern to make internationalization visible and tangible. With the new Humboldt International Campus we are creating a space for young people from all over the world to come to Berlin and join innovative study formats. At the new International Campus we offer seminars and internship opportunities tailored to your needs with a focus on shorter study and research stays in the middle of the German capital. With this unique meeting place, Humboldt-Universität is thus leading its international range of studies into a future in which flexibility is more important than ever.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
With Humboldt International Campus we aim to give internationalization at HU a new quality and strengthen relationships with our numerous international partners. We are focusing on various target groups. For students of all levels and young researchers from all over the world HIC offers appropriate formats for an individualized stay at Humboldt-Universität. Researchers at HU, but also international guest lecturers have the opportunity to gain high-level and thematically tailored teaching experience. In line with the Internationalization@Home strategy we also welcome Humboldt students to take part in selected courses taught in English. It is of great importance to us to understand HIC as an umbrella structure with which the International Department will continue to shape internationalization holistically in the future in close cooperation with Humboldt’s departments and institutes.
Dr. Yoan Vilain, Head of the International Department (acting)
Humboldt International Campus (HIC) is a study- and research-oriented institution of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) for students of all levels and early-stage researchers from all over the world.
HIC combines various short-term programs of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Academic subject courses, research internships, German language courses, as well as (inter-) cultural insights – HIC unites a great variety of programs. Students and young scientists can choose from a broad portfolio and thus plan their ideal short-term study stay in Germany. The activities of HIC intensify internationalization at HU and encourage international research cooperations. HIC creates an international community bringing together HU and incoming students, as well as young scientists and serves as a central coordination unit for all matters relating to short-term stays in Berlin and at Humboldt-Universität.
HIC continuously conducts procedures of quality management. The performance of students in all programs is evaluated according to internationally recognized standards (ECTS). Our lecturers and project supervisors are experts in their field of research and perform their on-site and online courses or internships applying innovative teaching and learning methods.
The HIC team is an integral part of the International Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Thus, close cooperation with departments, institutes, and central units at HU as well as with international partner institutions is guaranteed. Course offerings developed by Humboldt’s departments and central units can be supported conceptually and administratively.
The professional and highly motivated HIC team creates and manages a variety of interesting and exciting programs for you.
Head of the International Department (acting)
The President's Representative for International Affairs
Dr. Yoan Vilain has taken over as acting Head of the International Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on June 15, 2020. He is a French and German lawyer and has many years of experience in setting up and managing international master's and doctoral programs. In previous positions he was academic director of the European Law School and of the Graduate Center of the Faculty of Law. He completed his law studies in Lyon, Paris and Berlin and subsequently obtained his doctorate at the Sorbonne. He has received several awards for his academic work, including the Parliament Prize of the German Bundestag and the French Assemblée Nationale (2017) and the A. Grosser Chair at Sciences Po Paris (2020-21).
Managing Director Humboldt International Campus HIC
As Managing Director, Pierre Steuer focuses on strategic program development, budgeting, and human resources. He has over 15 years of professional experience working in International Higher Education. He specialized early in the area of project management, with a focus on international short-term mobility programs. Pierre has a background in Musicology and Cultural Studies, having completed his Master of Arts in this field from Humboldt-Universität.
Program Manager Humboldt Winter and Summer University
At HUWISU, Program Manager Sanja Müssig is responsible for the strategic development of the Humboldt Winter and Summer School and is involved in all tasks required for running the program. She has been working at the International Department of Humboldt-Universität since 2009 and was engaged in different international exchange programs before she joined the HUWISU Team in 2016. As part of her diverse academic background, she holds a diploma in Economics and Engineering and a Master of Arts in Media Science.
As HUWISU Program Manager, Humboldt's Winter and Summer School Program, Carmen Opolski develops, plans and monitors the processes involved in running this short-term study abroad experience. Already during her studies, Carmen discovered her passion for the international work field and has built up her expertise ever since. Carmen has an academic background in Romance Philology as well as American and English Studies. She completed her Master of Arts at Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main.
Program Assistant Humboldt Winter and Summer University
As HUWISU Program Assistant, Matthias Teich is involved in administrative procedures, as well as in social and cultural activities during the program's course sessions. After various study experiences abroad, he has been working in the field of international higher education since 2018. In 2020, he finished his studies of Cultural History and Theory and Social Sciences (Bachelor of Arts) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Program Manager Humboldt Internship Program
As Program Manager of Humboldt Internship Program, Amrei Vogel is responsible for all aspects of the internship organization for international students, as well as for the planning and strategy development of the program. Amrei developed her scientific interest during her studies of Cultural Studies (Bachelor of Arts) at Universität Koblenz-Landau and Central Asian Studies (Master of Arts) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since her studies she has gained experience in international project management in various fields.
Dr. Britta Schumacher is Program Manager of Humboldt Internship Program at HIC. In her role she oversees the strategic developments and daily operations of the program. Britta has over ten years of experience in internationalization and higher education management with a specific focus on applied sciences and applied learning. After earning her PhD in the Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, she lived and worked in Washington DC and New York City for several years before moving back to Berlin.
Program Manager Humboldt Perspectives Study Abroad and Berlin Perspectives
Monika Sonntag is Program Manager for Humboldt Perspectives Study Abroad and Berlin Perspectives. She is responsible for the conception of the seminar program, is the contact person for the students and advises the lecturers on didactic questions concerning teaching in the international classroom. Her primary focus is on the internationalization of teaching and learning, an area on which she has already worked during previous positions at Humboldt-Universität. Monika studied Geography and Sociology at the University of Trier and the Université de Montréal and received her doctorate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the topic of border regions.