HUWISU | Application

How to apply for the Humboldt Winter and Summer University in Berlin

Are you interested in our summer or winter courses? Would you like to study at the Humboldt Winter and Summer University in Berlin for two to four weeks? You will find all relevant information for the application process on this page.

Admission requirements

To participate in the Humboldt Winter and Summer University, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be enrolled as a student or a doctoral candidate in some university. You can find the level requirement on the respective course pages. Participation by graduates is also possible in exceptional cases.
  • Have a relevant educational background that qualifies you to take part in the course. Details can be found on the respective course page. A letter of motivation is required for the English-language subject courses.
  • Provide proof of sufficient English language skills (not necessary if English is your native language or the language of instruction at your home university). The following tests are recognized:
    • TOEFL IBT at least 90 - minimum 20 in each section
    • TOEFL paper-based test - at least 580 - minimum 50 in each section
    • IELTS 6.5 but at least 6.0 in each section
    • TOEIC minimum 685 in all areas
    • CEFR at least B2
    • CET-4 (China) 550
    • CET-6 (China) 490
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Certificate - grade B

A German language certificate is required for the language courses and German-language subject courses. A language assessment is required for this in the course of online registration. The course levels are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language requirements.


  1. Browse our course catalog   Summer on Campus,   Winter on Campus
    You can also take more than one course at a time if the timing of the lectures don’t overlap. You can see the ‘combination’ options on the respective course page. Generally, A-, B- and C-track courses can be combined. D-track courses cannot be combined with other courses. Due to the amount of work involved in each course, we recommend that you do not take more than two courses. You can find the registration deadline on the respective course page. Please note that courses may be fully booked before the registration deadline. We therefore recommend that you register early. If you are interested in a course that is already fully booked, please contact the HUWISU team for information about a waiting list or other options.
  2. Apply online and create an account.
  3. After you have completed your online registration, you will receive an automatic e-mail with a link. By clicking on the link, you confirm your personal registration.
  4. If you have registered for an English-language course, you will receive an e-mail asking you to log-in into your account and upload a letter of motivation (one page, at max)
    Please try to answer the following questions in it:
    - Why do you want to participate in the HUWISU program?
    - What a) personal and b) academic background qualifies you for your course choice?
    - What expectations do you have from the course(s)?
    - How do you plan to apply the knowledge that you will learn upon your return?
    Proof of your language proficiency and a copy of your student ID will also be requested if applicable.
  5. As soon as we admit you to the course, you will receive an e-mail from us with the confirmation and a payment request.

Please read the Code of Conduct (PDF) for the Humboldt Winter and Summer University carefully before registering.

Application deadlines

Summer 2024: 15 May 2024
Winter 2025: 15 November 2024