HUWISU | Practical Information

Studying abroad is a challenging undertaking and requires a variety of preparations. Apart from questions related to your application and admission, there are numerous aspects that require your attention prior and during your time as a HUWISU student. Find out more useful information to prepare your stay in Berlin.


After registration and payment in full, a letter of invitation can be issued for you to apply for a visa at the German Embassy. The letter of invitation will be sent to you through registered mail. An electronic copy of the invitation letter will also be sent to your email account. The German Embassies or Consulates in your home country issue visas.

It is the students responsibility to check if a visa is needed in order to enter Germany. We recommend to visit the homepage of the German Foreign Office and check the Visa regulations.

Considering the long processing time at the embassy, an early registration is highly recommended.


To make your journey easier and help you find accommodation, we have prepared some useful information for you. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin does not provide student accommodation for short-term programs.

However, there is a limited number of apartments/rooms available for participants of the HUWISU short-term program at:

The Steps Hotel

Liebenwalder Straße 22, 13347 Berlin (4 weeks, 24 July - 18 August 2023, only available in Summer Session 2)

You will be booking directly through the hotel and receive special conditions. The booking code will be sent immediately upon receipt of the participation fee.

You will be able to book accommodation at the Steps Hotel until 01 June 2023. The rooms are equipped with basic and functional furnishings. Bed linen and towels are included (weekly change). A breakfast buffet is offered for 10 euros per day. There is a 24/7 reception desk and late arrivals are no problem. Free WIFI. You can choose from a single room, twin room, and four-bedroom with other HUWISU students. If you would like to share the room with a specific person, please state this directly when booking the room.

Single rooms: 49,- EUR per person per night
Twin rooms: 34,90 EUR per person per night
Four-bed rooms: 29,90 EUR per person per night

The address of Humboldt's main building is: Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin. At this point, we would like to mention that Humboldt-Universität is not a typical campus university, which means that the classrooms are in different parts of the city. However, all classrooms are in the district Mitte, and Berlin's public transportation is excellent.

You may also check hostels or flats in districts like Schöneberg, Wedding, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Friedrichshain or Prenzlauer Berg.

SHARED HOUSING: Since the number of students and internationals staying in Berlin short-term or for an extended period is high, the flat-sharing market is very competitive. Several websites have offerings, and we hope you will find suitable accommodation. After your admission to the program, we will send you further recommendations and addresses to support your search.

For more information about the private accommodation market in Berlin check out the Guide for International Students.


The program fees do not include insurance coverage. Each participant is obligated to have health insurance that is valid in Germany (preferably Europe). In addition, we recommend an accident- and liability insurance. The student is liable for all culpably caused damage, especially for damages in arranged accommodation.

It is important to note that medical care in Germany can be expensive if you are not secured by insurance. Citizens of some countries are required to provide proof of insurance when applying for a visa. It is also possible that German customs will ask for proof of insurance when you cross the border.

Please check with your insurance plan to see if it covers Germany. If not, every student is obligated to acquire some.