Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Studying and living in Berlin

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Berlin is the capital of Germany, a great place to study and one of the most exciting cities on the globe. There are three major universities, some of the best libraries in Europe and plenty of institutes – not to forget organizations and media agencies located in the capital offering places for internships and employment. Berlin boasts world-class museums, theaters and orchestras as well as vibrant scenes in all fields of alternative culture. 


Study Fees 

Studying at one of the top university’s of Berlin is free of costs. We do not charge any study fees, but there are a few minor fees which you have to pay for the term.


Jobs and opportunities

Berlin offers many opportunities for internships and student jobs. As a student of the Humboldt-Universität You have a chance to acquire a job as student assistant at one of our departments. Apart from this, there are many job opportunities for students in Berlin – just contact the Heinzelmännchen Employment Agencywhich acts as a special agent for students. Students can of course also apply for scholarships. Don't hesitate to contact your study advisor. 


Staying in Berlin

Staying in Berlin is still reasonably cheap, which makes it a paradise for artists and creative people from all over the world. If you are looking for student housing, you may have a look at these websites which will guide and help you to find a reasonable room or apartment.


  • Do you just want to have a look at places and inform yourself on studying at the IAAW? Contact the Hostel Berlin.
  • If you want to stay in Berlin and settle down in the long term, you can select a suitable accommodation from the Student housing projectThe project offers 10,500 single rooms and small apartments at affordable rates.
  • If you are looking for a more individual living style and prefer staying with friends, have a look at the website of the Flat Sharing Community


Getting around in Berlin

The Berlin public transport system is overall sufficient and efficient. For guidance on your connections, please visit the website of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). Students have to buy a semester ticket via Humboldt-Universität which is valid for six months. Please contact the Semester Ticket Office.

Further help and orientation

International students can send their questions to Humboldt-Universität to this e-mail address for a first advice and orientation. It might be helpful to check Berlin's official internet site for further help and orientation in the city. Apart from this, do not hesitate to contact the office of your department directly for advise and support.