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Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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Accreditation

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin is accredited by the German Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

World-renowned Humboldt Universität zu Berlin is the oldest of Berlin’s major universities. The university was founded in 1810 with the goal of providing a well-rounded, humanist education. Prince Heinrich of Prussian donated his former palace, built from 1748 to 1766, and this historic setting still serves as the university’s main building. Located in Berlin’s most famous street, Under den Linden, between Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz, the university ended up in the Soviet sector of the divided city after World War II.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners, with prominent alumni that include Albert Einstein, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels. The university’s enrollment of 32,000 includes more than 5,300 international students.

With a special emphasis on the humanities, the university offers a total of 190 courses of study, ranging from biophysics and hungarology to law and medicine. The Berlin-Adlershof scientific campus opens up unique opportunities for science majors to work with scientific research institutions, preparing them for careers with modern high-tech companies.

Many of Berlin’s theaters, cinemas, museums and galleries—including the five museums on the Berlin Museumsinsel (Museum Island)—are just a short walk from the Humboldt campus.

The international club, Orbis Humboldtianus, is the hub of many international activities at the university. Here you’ll meet fellow international and German students at “Country Evenings,” the “International Coffee Hour,” and other events.

Classroom and Information

  • Faculty from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin teach language and culture courses
  • Courses are taught in English and German and are open to international students.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Germany may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges from 12 to 15 students for language courses and 12 and 40 students for culture courses.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world. You will not attend class with host national students, but you will have many opportunities to interact with them during cultural activities, excursions, and at the international club.

Grading

All final course grades will be reported in the form of a number grade. The German grading system is based on a scale of 6, as compared to 100 in the U.S. system. Keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject; for example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 1 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 2–2.9 on an essay is an acceptable grade.

Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation. You may add or drop a course at the beginning of the program, but after this deadline, you must adhere to the course schedule selected. Interpretation of the German grading scale is as follows:

German Grade

Grade Description

U.S. Grade Equivalent

1-1.5

Sehr Gut (Very Good)

A

1.6-2.5

Gut (Good)

A

2.6-3.5

Befriedigend (Satisfactory)

B

3.6-4.0

Ausreichend (Sufficient)

C

4.1-4.3

-

D

4-4.6

Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)

F

Grades in the 4.1 to 4.3 range may sometimes be considered passing in individual subjects.

Please note that this grading scale is recommended, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student's home university.

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Berlin School of Economics and Law

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Accreditation

The Berlin School of Economics and Law is accredited by the German Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning. 

In 2009, the Berlin School of Economics and the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Law merged, forming the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL). BSEL leverages more than 30 years of expertise and experience from both former universities, each widely recognized as experts in their own fields. Today, BSEL is one of Germany’s largest academic institutions for business studies and recognized as a top applied sciences institution.

BSEL’s academic staff consists of approximately 160 full-time doctorate-holders, 500 lecturers, and more than 200 research and administrative personnel, teaching the school’s 7,800 students. The university also has an excellent international reputation, fostered through its focus on internationalization and more than 90 partnerships with universities worldwide. A wide variety of courses taught in English makes BSEL a popular destination for approximately 700 international students from over 60 different countries.

BSEL is located in the Schoeneberg district, a safe residential neighborhood not far from Berlin’s city center. The school occupies a six-story building with over 300 rooms, seminar facilities, and a large reference library.

Classroom and Information

  • BSEL faculty teach business and economics courses.
  • Trained language instructors lead introductory level (beginner and advanced beginner/low intermediate) German language, and culture courses.
  • Both the European Business & Economics and European Union in a Global World programs include visits to companies and political institutions, and talks by industry experts.
  • Exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered on a regular basis.
  • Attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • In order to obtain maximum benefits, you’ll be expected to do some reading before the start of the program.
  • Class size ranges between 15 and 25 students; language classes have a maximum of 15 students.
  • You will attend class with students from the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and other parts of the world.

Grading

All final course grades will be reported in the form of a number grade. The German grading system is based on a scale of 6, as compared to 100 in the U.S. system. Keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject; for example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 1 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 2–2.9 on an essay is an acceptable grade.

Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation. You may add or drop a course at the beginning of the program, but after this deadline, you must adhere to the course schedule selected. Interpretation of the German grading scale is as follows:

German Grade

Grade Description

US Letter Grade Equivalent

1.0 - 1.5

Sehr Gut (Very Good)

A

1.6 - 2.5

Gut (Good)

A

2.6 - 3.5

Befriedigend (Satisfactory)

B

3.6 - 4.0

Ausreichend (Sufficient)

C

4.1 - 4.3

 

D

4.0 - 4.6

Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)

F

Grades in the 4.1 to 4.3 range may sometimes be considered passing.

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home school.

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