Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hello to New Students!

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We would like to welcome all new students to our department! Admission to the Humboldt -Universität is competitive and you should be proud of being part of English and American Studies here in Berlin. Our department is committed to maintaining a high standard in teaching and in student services.

We want you to be happy and successful in your studies, and here are some suggestions for you to help along:


  • Please attend the introductory meetings (Begrüßungs-, Einführungsveranstalungen) and sign up for the department mailing list. You will meet your fellow students, get to know your student advisor, and learn some essential points about the organization of your degree course. / Please have a look at our program specific Moodle-Courses with important information for new students at our department.
  • Please have a look at the information in these internet pages - especially the links in the Students-section. You should also have a close look at the material collected for your individual degree program. Download your "Studien- und Prüfungsordnung" as it gives you the suggested time frame for your classes (Studienverlaufsplan) and a close description of all your modules. You will need it throughout your studies. See Courses for the offered classes or refer to Agnes, where you can click on "Course Catalogue" (Vorlesungsverzeichnis), the faculty (Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät), the department, and then your specific degree course. Your potential classes will be listed ordered by modules. If you have selected a specific class you will also find it listed on the pages of the instructor (whom you will find under Staff/Faculty).
  • Whenever you have a question or complaint, please contact your student advisor. Our office hours, phone numbers and e-mail-addresses are listed on the staff/faculty pages under our name.
  • Get to know the "Fachschaft" (FSI on facebook). You will see older students, who can help you and give you hints. But you can also become active and get involved in department activities and discussions. The Fachschaft also made a great "Ersti-Reader" (updated Oct. 2019) which you shouldn't miss!
  • Look at the News page in this portal regularly to be informed about new developments.
  • Sign up for the department mailing list to be informed about deadlines and news.
  • Don't panic! Almost every problem can be solved by talking about it.