Study abroad in recent years has become increasingly prestigious and popular. And let them trumpet to all sides that valuable Russian brains swim to European universities and settle in foreign corporations, but talented applicants still leave no attempts to conquer European educational institutions. If the publicists of the Ministry of Education did not try to press on the patriotic feelings of schoolchildren, but took measures to significantly improve the quality of education in national universities, then young people would not aspire to leave for Switzerland, America or Germany as quickly as possible, and earnest knowledge in their home universities and work productively For the benefit of the motherland.
But so far, the quality of education, low-scoring scientific programs, corrupt teachers significantly "puncture" the reputation of domestic universities. Add to this the highest prestige of some world universities, the opportunities for internships and practice in the best companies and clinics, the opportunity to be part of a high scientific community, and also to live in Europe, travel, visit the best world libraries, museums, conferences and forums.
Berlin University. Humboldt is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in Europe. It is famous for its international programs, a huge valuable library, cooperation with the Charité clinic, the highest quality of education.
General facts about Humboldt Universitat
Each time the University is included in the rating of the top 200 universities in the world. In 2016, the most prestigious ranking of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking put the Humboldt University of Berlin on the 49th place out of 200. This list takes into account many aspects of the educational process: the learning environment, income from scientific activities, social life.
And in some specialties, for example in mathematics or medicine, is in the top ten.
29 university professors became Nobel laureates in different years. But not only they made up the glory of this educational institution. Also among the university graduates were the most influential economists, writers, politicians and public figures: Otto von Bismarck, Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, Alfred Wegener.
Until 1933, Albert Einstein was the professor of this university.
In 1987, the laboratory of the university was the first to produce amphetamine synthesis by chemist Lazar Edeleanu.
The famous German physician Heinrich Quincke (yes, it was he who described the allergic reaction "Quincke's edema") studied and conducted most of his research in this Berlin university.
History of the Humboldt University of Berlin
The university has a long history. The first classes began in 1810. Training began in five specialties. Even then, the professors of the institution were only advanced luminaries of European scientific thought. The university was developing rapidly, but in the era of National Socialism, the persecution of professors and students of Jewish nationality began, the regression continued throughout the war era. His apotheosis was the massive burning of books in May 1933. After that, the staff of the institution left more than half of the teachers, once a center of humanitarian thought the university became another ordinary mouthpiece of Nazi propaganda.
Once again classes began in 1946 in the undeveloped corps, since 1949 the university was named after Humboldt.
Where is Humboldt University?
The main building of the university is located in the central district of Berlin in one of the most picturesque streets of Europe, Unter den Linden, near the parliament building. Visiting this architectural ensemble is included in most of the sightseeing tours around Berlin.
Here are all the humanitarian faculties, the law faculty, the administration and the departments of economics.
Not far from the Central Station of Berlin north of Mitte is the building of the "Nord". Here is the medical center and natural science faculties.
The exact sciences are taught in the Adlershof building in the southeastern part of Berlin.
Also on the basis of the university there is the largest library of Berlin and several libraries of faculties. Their funds number more than 6 million books, as well as subscriptions to 10,000 advanced periodicals and access to 250 unique databases.
The main library in the center of the city is the "book paradise", a huge historical building where students can read with a view of the picturesque central square. The library has cozy separate rooms for 5-6 people for scientific discussions, preparation of materials in groups.
University of Humboldt: faculties, directions, specialties
- Faculty of jurisprudence. Specialties: political science, the fundamentals of German law, mediation, intellectual property.
- Faculty of Horticulture and Agriculture.
- Faculty of Economics. Specialties: corporate finance, economics and statistics, applied economics.
- Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Specialties: biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, computer science, mathematics, geography, history, ethnology, social sciences.
- Faculty of Philosophy. Specialties: philology, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, art history, pedagogy.
- Faculty of Theology. Specialties: psychology of religion, ancient languages, history of religion.
- Faculty of Medicine. Specialties: cardiology, surgery, ophthalmology.
Cooperation of the University with the clinic "Charite"
The Charité clinic is the largest medical institution in Berlin and the entire eastern region. This huge health center has many units and operates on the basis of close cooperation with the University of Humboldt. The prestige and status of the Charité clinic can not be overestimated, because it is only the fact that 50% of our deputies there are regularly examined and treated. The clinical laboratory and the largest research center carry out advanced research, drug testing. But students practice not only in the scientific center, they also undergo a full-fledged internship in the clinic and hospital.
No clinic in Europe has such a large number of outstanding doctors. An internship in "Charite" for medical students is a coveted experience. For students of the hospital of medical specialties, it is free.
Many, probably, saw the news about the revolutionary breakthrough in medicine, how the invasive operation was completely carried out completely by the "hands" of the robot. So, it was in the center of Charite. This robot still works there. His name is Da Vinci.
Prices for training at the University of Humboldt
Training at the University of Humboldt, the flagship, advanced educational institution of the old Europe, is free. But! Some financial savings still need to be had. The only fee that is charged to each student is 600 euros per year - a student fee. But this is not just a board in the pipe. These contributions are fairly well distributed and turn into a system of benefits for students. For example, a free subway ticket, a discount on entrance tickets to museums, a discount on meals in the cult student dining room Menza, where well-known politicians eat, and there are several branches of German, European, Oriental cuisine and a large department for vegans.
There are also bonus courses, which are paid separately, if the student has a desire to visit them. Accommodation is also paid separately.
Training in the student center of Germany can be absolutely free or even profitable. For this, one must be a very talented, socially active student. The university has many scholarships and scientific grants from various investors. A list of current offers can be found on the university's website.
How do I enter Humboldt University? How to get an admission to study in Germany?
How much is it possible for a simple smart Russian schoolchild to enroll in one of the most prestigious universities in Europe?
The presence of outstanding brains is not enough to enter the University of Berlin Humboldt. The procedure for admission is very complex and multifaceted. But not only because of the archive prestige of the university itself, but also because of the general policy of Germany in the educational sphere. The difference is in the curriculum between Germany and the CIS countries.
With only one high school diploma will not be accepted in any university in Germany. You need to go through another training course at Studienkolleg. This is an intermediate institution where applicants help to fill the knowledge gaps in the selected subjects.
Documents must be submitted immediately to the Humboldt University of Berlin. And at university already there is Studienkolleg in which it is necessary to pass some kind of preparatory courses. After this, you must pass the exam. The decision of the selection committee will depend on its results.
Also to the list of documents you need to attach a TOEFL or IELTS certificate confirming the knowledge of the German language. Training is conducted only in German. Therefore, from each applicant requires a minimum level of В1 or В2.
You also need to take care of the visa in advance. It is best to send a package of documents to the university in return sent a preliminary invitation for visa processing. Or to issue a preliminary guest or tourist visa, and after a positive decision on admission to extend the study visa at the consulate.
Also to the list of documents you need to attach a motivation letter - a kind of statement in a free form, in which the entrant describes why he wants to study at this university. It is also useful to provide documents that characterize the entrant on the positive side: important letters, letters of recommendation, positive characteristics from places of work or internships, etc.
All documents must be submitted in duplicate in German with a notary seal.
It is much easier to organize some unforgettable educational years in Germany, if you submit documents to the University of Humboldt after the first-second year of university in your native country. In this case, the need to take courses in Studienkolleg is eliminated, the student is already certainly coming of age, tightening the knowledge of the German language. Then the admission can be formalized as a student exchange. At Humboldt University there are exchange programs from six months to three years.
The admission process may seem complicated. But it is complicated only by the difference in educational programs and bureaucratically complicated procedure for obtaining a visa. But on the part of the university, all steps have been taken to simplify the process of admission of international students as much as possible.
The application can be submitted online. It will be considered remotely, all necessary invitations will be sent already to the request. Many exchange and cooperation programs have been organized with other world universities.
At Humboldt University, at least 20% of foreign students study annually, several of them from Russia.
Accommodation in Berlin. Humboldt University Hostel
Modern Berlin destroys all archaic Soviet ideas about the capital city of the GDR. It is a very picturesque, freedom-loving and tolerant city with a special democratic creative atmosphere. In Berlin, international culture, cuisine, architecture flourishes. The city iridescent takes international tourists and students. Students in Berlin are a special caste. They enjoy a lot of benefits for travel, visits to museums, exhibitions, other cultural events.
In the university hostel prices range from 160 to 360 euros per month. The cheapest option is to stay in a triple room. You can rent a room in the hostel for at least six months. Students who enroll for short courses (4-5 months) are forced to rent an apartment in Berlin. Finding the right accommodation in this city is not a matter of one day, so you need to prepare in advance, settle for a day or two at the hotel, find accommodation.
Reviews of students about the University of Berlin Humboldt
Reviews of students about the University of Humboldt are full of delights and details.
Most students are transferred to Germany after several years of training in their native country. Applicants immediately after school very rarely can afford to study at a higher educational institution in Berlin due to a minority, the difference in curricula, lack of experience. Already held students have something to compare.
Students emphasize how much the right to a high-quality education of each person is respected in the Berlin university. In dormitories there are special kindergartens, where children are engaged while mothers are studying. Also, students are awarded one-third more grants and grants from famous women.
The main building is a historical memorial, but it, just like other university buildings, is fully equipped for students with disabilities, there are elevators, ramps, rest rooms, special places.
In the dining room there are several dozen different menu options for people of different faiths, for allergy sufferers, dishes without milk, gluten, animal products, etc.
Humboldt University in Berlin is also praised for the special nature of teaching, for the taste with which the teaching process is organized. All specialists are true professionals in their fields. Classes do not have a clear division into lectures and seminars, more time in pairs is given for reciprocal dialogues and discussion of theses. Even eminent scientists with dozens of regalia consider themselves obliged to listen to every student, because any opinion has the right to exist. Each student, regardless of specialty, studies the discipline "practice of conducting scientific dialogue".
Visiting exhibitions, cultural centers of multifaceted Berlin, museums and even sales in KaDeVe is an important part of the progressive and boring educational process.