HUWISU | Fees and Funding

Coming to Germany as an international student is a big financial commitment and you need to consider carefully your financial expenses and living costs. Find out more about fees and funding possibilities when applying for the HUWISU program.

Fees and Expenses

The participation fee consists of a one-off non-refundable program fee and the course fee:
  • The program fee is 160,- Euros for on-site courses and 60,- Euros for online courses. It is levied at a flat-rate and covers the administrative tasks associated with the enrollment process and course management.
  • The fees of the individual courses vary. For the respective course fees, please check the "About the Course" tab, which can be found via the catalog.

The course fee includes:
  • Academic lessons (subject courses/ language courses/ online courses)
  • Class-related excursions / virtual tours
  • Cultural program: The cultural program includes additional activities outside the classroom. We offer visits to political institutions, historical sights, museums, guest speakers, and events typical for Berlin. Although the cultural program is not mandatory, it is highly recommended and we encourage you to take part in this unique possibility to learn more about the German capital, its history and culture, and your fellow students.
  • (Online) course materials, e.g. textbooks, course binders, Humboldt’s e-learning platform Moodle
  • Computer and internet access at the Computer and Media Service at Humboldt-Universität for on-site students as well as Moodle access.
  • Local English-speaking student tutors will be available for questions and conversation during all cultural activities. Additionally, the HUWISU office is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am till 5pm during the course periods.
Class changes and cancellation policy
  • It is possible to change language courses, subject courses and online courses up until four weeks before the course start date, provided that the maximum number of participants on the new course has not been reached. It is not possible to change subject courses once the course has already begun. Exemptions can be made for language courses if the teachers of both language courses (language levels) approve the change. Should the participant wish to change specialized courses within/after the four weeks before the course start date, he/she will have to pay a fee of 50,- Euros.
  • If you cannot attend the courses, cancellation is possible 4 weeks prior to the start of the course and always has to be done in writing or in electronic form via email. In case of proper cancellation, the participant will regain the course fee minus bank charges or credit card fees. The program fee shall not be reimbursed in the event of withdrawal. In case of a withdrawal within 4 weeks prior to the start of the program, a reimbursement is not possible. Exceptions shall be made in the following events: acute medical condition/illness (medical certificate must be provided) before the HUWISU program starts and/or rejection of visa application for the participation in the HUWISU program.
  • The International Department reserves the right to cancel courses 4 weeks prior to the start of the course if less than 6 people sign up for the course. In this case, the concerned participants will be contacted and informed about alternatives. If there is no satisfactory solution for the participant, the participation can be cancelled at no charge. The participation fee shall be reimbursed in full minus bank charges or credit card fees.
  • There exists no right of reimbursement in case of no-show or termination of participation after the start date.

Other expenses to consider include:

  • Visa costs (depending on nationality)
  • Flight ticket (round trip)
  • Health and liability insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Other living expenses, e.g. food, phone, internet, activities.

    A helpful compilation on the cost of living for students in Germany can be found on the DAAD website.



Alumni of HUWISU receive a discount of 50 Euros on the program fee.


Students who participate in more than one course at HUWISU during summer sessions or the winter session receive a discount of 50 Euros on the total course fee.

Partner University

Students from partner universities of Humboldt-Universität receive a discount of 50 Euros on the program fee. In this case, please mention the name of your university in the comment field.

Scholarships & Funding

The following institutions may give you information about scholarship opportunities:
  • Your home university
  • The government of your country
  • Organizations cooperating with Germany
  • Scholarship databases of your country's Ministry of Education

Scholarships for attending Summer and Winter University (HUWISU) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are also awarded by Santander Consumer Bank and external funding organizations, i.e. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

For detailed information about scholarship opportunities awarded by Santander please visit the scholarship database Becas or contact the HUWISU office directly.

Please also visit the homepage of the DAAD to find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, especially for your home country, as well as funding offered by other selected organizations via the DAAD Scholarship Database. In addition to that it can be helpful to contact the Branch offices from DAAD in your home country.

The deadlines for your application may differ from the deadlines of HUWISU. Therefore we suggest to start the application at least 6 up to 8 months before the beginning of our courses because the scholarship application can be quite extensive. Please also note that HUWISU will not be able to support your scholarship application.

Payment methods

Please note that all fees must be paid in one installment. Payment must be made no later than three weeks after registration. Registration becomes valid only after verification of payment. The transfer charge must be paid by the applicant. If you have questions concerning your payment, you are welcome to contact the HUWISU Team.

With confirmation of payment, your registration for the HUWISU program is binding.

By bank transfer
Please transfer the fee to:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Deutsche Bank PFK AG
Reference: Z.00072.00.426000 + name of the applicant + course(s)
IBAN: DE95 1007 0848 0512 6206 01
Address of the bank:
Deutsche Bank PFK AG
Hardenbergstrasse 32
10623 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 90
Via Credit Card
The security procedure for the payment via credit card is ensured by the use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which encrypts all given personal data. All data will always be transferred and stored in an encrypted form. Your information will be kept strictly confidential and will be used exclusively for the purpose of the course payment transaction at the International Department/ Humboldt Winter and Summer University (HUWISU) and the finance department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Third parties do not have access to your information.
Please note there is a 3% surcharge for payment by credit card.

Process of paying via credit card:
  1. After a successful application to the course, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with request for payment. This e-mail will include a link to follow if you choose to pay with credit card.
  2. Automatically  you will be redirected to a SSL secured website on which the necessary information for the payment process has to be entered (name, address, card number, expiration date, verification number). In your own interest, please make sure that a transaction with your credit card is possible. Then confirm that the given data is correct.
  3. Your data will then be prepared by us and executed by the finance department for the payment via credit card. The process can take up to one week.
  4. The input confirmation for your data does not indicate a successful payment transaction. As soon as the finance department has successfully completed the collection of payment, the HUWISU office will be informed and we will send you a confirmation of payment to your e-mail address.