Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Language Centre

German Intensive Courses (DaF) – HU GLA

The Summer Modul I has been cancelled and will not take place from June 21st to July 16th, 2021.


Summer Module I (Online)

Berlin Television tower

  • The registration is closed!
    Listenelement Online registration
  • Course fee: 950 EUR
  • Credit hours (CH)
    100 CH (80 CH German lessons + 20 CH Academic lessons)
    1 CH = 45 min.
  • ECTS points
    7 credit points (ECTS) on regular class attendance (80%)

    The result of the placement test on the first day of the course determines the language level of your German course. The test result is valid regardless of the German course you have registered for.

  • Certificates
    Certificate with local grade, ECTS grade, the total number of credit hours (CH), ECTS credits, language level
  • Course structure

    Participant profile: minimum age 18 years, good English skills
    Participants per course: minimum 12 participants per course
    German lessons (in the mornings): 4 CH per day (1 CH = 45 minutes), total: 80 CH
    Academic lessons (in the afternoon): twice a week (1 CH = 45 minutes), total: 20 CH
    Location: Invalidenstr. 110, 10117 Berlin
    Requirement for the A1.2 course: A1.1 graduates with at least 50 CH - no absolute beginners!

Course contents

  • A2-B1: Summer in Berlin - cancelled (PDF)
  • B1-B2: German Culture and Area Studies - cancelled (PDF)
  • B2: Zoom on Berlin - cancelled (PDF)
  • C1-C2: Nanu, die Deutschen - cancelled (PDF)

    (with a focus on literature)

Notes on registration

  • Placement test online

    Before registering please determine your current language level by using the following link:

    Listenelement Placement test

    On the first day of the German course there will be a mandatory placement test for all participants!

  • Placement test 1st day

    The result of the placement test on the first day of the course determines the language level of your German course. The test result is valid regardless of the German course you have registered for.

  • Language levels

    The HU GLA German courses, the placement test and the awarding of certificates are strictly based on the classification of language levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. These specifications may differ from those of other countries.


  • Registration steps

    1. Online registration (for your respective German course)
    2. Confirmation of your registration and e-mail address
    3. Receipt of a payment request with our account data
    4. Transfer all due fees in one sum to our HU GLA account
    5. Receipt of a payment confirmation

Fees and expenses

  • Module fees

    Winter Module I: 650 EUR
    Winter Module II: 550 EUR
    Summer Module I: 850 EUR
    Summer Module II: 850 EUR

  • Course fee

    Includes: registration fee, placement test, welcome and closing events, German lessons, academic lessons (excursions, etc.), teaching materials/books, certificate with ECTS points and grades, internet access on the campus of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Not included: transfer fees, shipping fees for visa invitation letter, tickets for public transportation (HU GLA participants are not entitled to a student discount), additional leisure program in the evening

  • Visa fee

    The fee for sending the original visa invitation letter via courier is 30 EUR for Europe/60 EUR outside Europe. A visa invitation letter sent by e-mail or fax is free of charge.

  • Cancellation fee

    For the German course: In case of a cancellation before the course starts and after payment/transfer of the course fee to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin a fee of 100 EUR does apply! If you cancel after the beginning of the course or during the course participation, we must retain the full course fee.

  • Bank transfer fees

    Please note that all bank charges are to be paid by the applicant! Please inform yourself about the amount of the fees for a bank transfer to Germany at your bank!

  • Insurance obligation

    Be sure to take out health insurance for the duration of the course. This must be valid for Germany (preferably for Europe). We also strongly recommend that you take out accident and liability insurance. Otherwise, you are liable for all culpably caused damage.

Payment information

  • Payment deadlines

    Within three weeks after the registration, the full course fee must be paid. If the payment is not credited to our account within this period, we have to cancel your registration. Your registration for the course can only be definitively confirmed once the course fee has been received in full!

    General payment deadlines:
    Winter Module I: December 15th
    Winter Module II: January 15th
    Summer Module I: May 30th
    Summer Module II: June 30th

  • Bank data
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Account No.: 512620601
    Bank routing No.: 10070848
    Swift/BIC-Code: DEUTDEDB110
    IBAN: DE95100708480512620601
    Bank: Deutsche Bank PFK AG
    Reference: 9100990004/HU GLA course + module + name of the applicant

    Important note for reference: Please indicate the reference number, the chosen course, the module and your name!
    Example: 9100990004/HU GLA A2.1 + SM I + applicant's name

  • Adresses
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Unter den Linden 6
    10099 Berlin, Germany

    Deutsche Bank PFK AG
    Hardenbergstraße 32
    10623 Berlin, Germany


  • Visa requirement

    You are responsible for your visa application! Usually a tourist visa is sufficient for our 4-week German courses. Please inform yourself at the German Embassy in your home country about the entry and residence regulations.

  • Visa invitation

    We offer to send you an official invitation to support your application at the German Embassy. We can send an official invitation by email free of charge or by courier (subject to charge). The invitation is only valid for the duration of the course! Invitations will be sent only after the payment of the course fee has been received.

  • Request an invitation

    Indicate during the registration online, if you need an invitation. Please provide us with the following data for an invitation:
    Last name, first name, registration address (in German and in your own language), residential address (if different from the registration address), date of birth, place of birth, telephone number (by courier), passport number


  • General information

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships for the HU GLA courses during the summer period.
    Please apply for a scholarship directly with the DAAD. The application period ends approx. 6-8 months before the beginning of the courses. The DAAD awards scholarships independently of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Therefore, we can not help you with your application.

  • Accommodation

    For all DAAD scholarship holders, a place in the HU GLA program and an apartment spot is reserved. Inform yourself about our course offer on our web pages. Please note that the booking of an apartment spot is binding. In case of cancellation the full apartment fee does apply.

  • Registration steps

    1. Reading: You have received a scholarship confirmation and further documents from the DAAD. Please read these carefully!
    2. Online registration: Register immediately for your HU GLA German course online.
    3. Select: You can optionally request an apartment spot and a Visa invitation. This can result in additional costs!

    Your scholarship/travel expenses will be transferred directly to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin by the DAAD. Any remaining amounts will be paid out to you in cash by the HU GLA.

  • DAAD scholarship

    The total fee consists of the course fee of 850 EUR and the apartment fee of 450 EUR (optional). The amount of your scholarship will be determined by the DAAD. The scholarship usually includes 950 EUR + individual travel expenses.

    If the total fee after the registration with the HU GLA program is higher than your DAAD scholarship, you have to pay the remaining costs yourself! We will inform you by e-mail about your remaining charges!

  • Insurance obligation

    Be sure to take out health insurance for the duration of the course. This must be valid for Germany (preferably for Europe). We also strongly recommend that you take out accident and liability insurance. Otherwise, you are liable for all culpably caused damage, in particular in the accommodation offered by the HU GLA.

General information

  • FAQ
  • Code of Conduct

    1. The participants of the HU German Language Academy (HU GLA) behave fairly. In particular, they respect the right of free expression of instructors and other participants.
    2. You assume responsibility for your own learning and prepare yourself beforehand with examination and study regulations. Your examination and learning tasks are provided independently and on time, using only permitted aids in this context.
    3. Participants assume responsibility for problems that might appear during their studies or courses. In conflict situations, they are supposed to react appropriately and to contribute to constructive and solidary solutions.
    4. They treat each other respectfully. This includes being attentive, focusing on, and actively participating in the courses. Therefore, the use of cell phones and smartphones should be limited during the courses to the necessary.
    5. The participants of the HU GLA appear on time for the courses.

  • Accommodation options

    Here are some options in case you want to book a room or apartment in Berlin on your own:
    Shared apartments in a Wohngemeinschaft (WG): Airbnb, Housing Anywhere, 9flats, WIMDU, craigslist, Studenten-WG, WGcompany, WG-Gesucht

    If you opt for a room or an apartment, please make sure that a written contract is filed and signed by both sides! Always pay attention to the seriousness of offers: never transfer any money in advance! For more safety information about housing in Berlin (in German).

    Hostels: HostelBookers Deutschland, Hostels Worldwide, Jugendgästehaus Hauptbahnhof,, a&o Hostels

    Student hotels: Studentenapartments Berlin, Studentendorf Berlin

    Hotels: Hotels Motel One Berlin, Agas Hotel, berlinovo Immobilien, Novum Hotel Ravenna Berlin

    Please note that you need to be officially enrolled as a student at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in order to be allowed to live in the student dorms provided by Studentenwerk. The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin distances itself explicitly from the linked sites and is not responsible for the content, accuracy and completeness of external websites.