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Humboldt University (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 20 930 , Fax: 2093 2770 | S+U Friedrichstr |
Founded in 1810, based on the concept of a "Universitas litterarum" (the origin of modern-day liberal arts education) developed by its founding father Alexander von Humboldt.

The HU boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners including Albert Einstein, Max Planck and Fritz Haber. Other famous former students include: Heinrich Heine, Adelbert von Chamisso, Ludwig Feuerbach, Otto von Bismarck, Karl Liebknecht, Franz Mehring, Alice Salomon, Karl Marx and Kurt Tucholsky. Heinrich Mann received the first honorary doctorate after World War 2.

Students from over 100 different foreign countries are currently enrolled at the HU. Foreign students comprise nearly 11% of the 34,500 student population.

The HU includes the Charite Medical School, which merged with the Free University's Virchow Medical facility to form Europe's largest.

Technical University
(Technische Univerisität Berlin)
Straße des 17. Juni
135, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 314 0 , Fax: 314 23222 | S-Bahn Tiergarten / U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz |
Most essential information is on the web site in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

The Technical University dates back to the Mining Academy (Bergakademie) of 1770. It was reopened after World War II in 1946. Currently (10 April 2000), there are 31,193 students enrolled at the T.U., including more than 5,700 foreign students (more than 18%) from 130 different countries, the highest proportion of foreign students of all German universities.

Among the famous names associated with the TU are Ernst Ruska (invented electron microscope),
Hans Geiger (Geiger Counter), Hermann Wilhelm Vogel (photographic films), and Konrad Zuse (first programmable calculating machine).

Free University (Freie Universität Berlin)
Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin - Dahlem | Tel: 83 81, Fax: 838-73217 | U8 Thielplatz |
Web site is in German only. English version is being planned and should be out by mid to late May 2000, but for the time being the FU is the only university in Berlin without English language information. A bizarre bit of irony considering the university was established with funds provided by the United States back in 1948/49.

Berlin University of the Arts (Hochschüle der Künste-HdK)
Hardenbergstrasse 33, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 3185-2196, Fax: 3185-2578 | S+U Zoologischer Garten |
The HdK was founded 1975 as the successor to the Prussian Academy of Fine Arts (1696) and the School of Music (1869). It comprises four departments: architecture & design, performing arts, fine arts, and music. The HdK has some 4900 students with about 600 foreign students.

The newest academic program here is Electronic Business. The 4 semester long course of study will begin in the Fall of 2000 and will include internships at high-tech companies.

Potsdam University (Universität Potsdam)
Komplex I, Am Neuen Palais
10, 14469 Potsdam | Tel: (0331) 977 1676, Fax: (0331) 97 21 63 | S-Bahn Potsdam Stadt |
Website is in English and German. For direct information concerning foreign students, try visiting the International Student Office.

Potsdam is one of Germany's newest universities, founded just after reunification in 1991. In the Winter Semester 1999/2000, there were 12 484 students enrolled, including 296 foreign students.

Check out their 14-month English and German language Masters program for public management. or their French/German Masters program for law in cooperation with the University of Paris.

Berlin Protestant College (Evangelische Fachhochschule Berlin)
Teltower Damm 118, 14167 Berlin - Zehlendorf | Tel: 845 82-0, Fax: 845 82-450 | S-Bahn Zehlendorf + Bus 110/217 |
The EFB is a University of Applied Sciences, which was founded in 1971. It is maintained by the Protestant Church in Berlin-Brandenburg with the status of a public corporate body.
Knowledge of German is a pre-requisite for enrolling.

It offers three degree programs:

  • Social Work
  • Nursing Care Management
  • Protestant Religious Education

    Programs last 8 semesters, or 4 years and include theoretical and practical education. The degree is called a "Diplom" which differs from the university diploma degree in that it is given an "FH" as a supplement. The degrees are approved by the state.

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