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Studying in Berlin

In the Universities section you got an impression of the universities in Berlin and their programs. But studying is more than just choosing the right university and program. It’s also about learning, being motivated and gaining new skills. This section is all about how to organize yourself and your studies concerning,

General things you need to know
Open classes

General Things you need to know
There are mainly three different kinds of universities in Germany:

For more details please check the website of the DAAD.

IIn Germany, the academic year is devided into a summer and a winter term. Usually, the summer term is from April to August and the winter term from October to March. Most of the time, the term-time at universities starts two weeks later than at the universities of applied sciences. Semester breaks are from the end of July till September in the summer, and in March in the winter.
The exam period is most likely to be at the end of the semester, but this differs from university to university.
There are different kinds of exams:

The website of the DAAD describes the different kinds of exams in more detail and points out further important subjects that need to be considered, as for example the registration at the examination office.

The course structure at German universities can be divided into

For more details please check the website of the DAAD.

IIn Berlin, there is one (or more) library in each university and there are public libraries in each district of Berlin. For students the libraries belonging to a university are more relevant. That’s why we provide an overview of them, partly based on our survey. If you are interested in the several public libraries please check Berlin.de.
Besides lending books, libraries are the perfect spot for studying for your exams too, since people are asked to be quiet in there.

HU Main building

Fees: free for students (registration)
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday:10:00am - 4:00 pm
Unter den Linden 6 
room 2082
10117 Berlin
Focus: Archaeology
Comments: Huge reading room, many books
rank no. 1 in our survey

Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum (HU Berlin)

Fees: free for students
Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday+Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 3
10117 Berlin
Focus: from Africa Sciences to Mathematics to Sociology, please check their website
Comments: New building, great architecture

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Fees: library card for 1 month: 10,- €, for 12 months: 25,- €
Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
for exceptions please check the website
House Unter den Linden:
Unter den Linden 8
10117 Berlin

House Potsdamer Straße:
Potsdamer Straße 33
10785 Berlin
Focus: they have nearly everything
Comments: huge variety of books, great atmosphere

Zentralbibliothek TU Berlin and UdK

Fees: 20,- per year (for free if you are studying in Berlin)
Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Fasanenstr. 88 (im VOLKSWAGEN-Haus)
10623 Berlin
Focus: Economics, Law, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humane and Social Sciences, UdK
Comments: relatively new, nice learning atmosphere and light system, additionally there’s one library for each faculty, please check furtherTUlibraries (only in German) and the ShortLibraryGuide

University Library of the FU

Fees: for free for students
Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Garystr. 39
14195 Berlin
Focus: Law, Natural Sciences, Psychology, History, Literary Studies
Comments: Additionally there’s one library for each faculty, please check furtherFUlibraries (only in German) and GeneralInformation; there is a great variety of books, but they just have one copy per topic, good learning atmosphere, great architecture (esp. the philological library)

Library of the Charité

Fees: Using the library is allowed for students of the FU and HU, students from other universities in Berlin or Brandenburg have to ask for admission
Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Campus Benjamin Franklin:
Hindenburgdamm 30
12200 Berlin
Focus: professional literature for medicine, dentistry, health care
Comments: For addresses and opening hours of the different campuses please click here (only in German)

America Memorial Library

Fees: library card for students: 1 month: 2,50 €, 12 months: 5,- €
Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Blücherplatz 1
10961 Berlin
Focus: Information Services, Music, media for arts and stages, Humane and Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, Countries, children’s and youth libraryComments: CustomerService

In order to register at the libraries you need to bring your ID, your student ID and in case you are not a German citizen your registration certificate from the Bürgeramt. Please check it at every library in advance.

The universities of applied sciences offer libraries just for their students.

Open Classes

The Berlin ‘Volkshochschulen’ provide the opportunity to improve and to learn new skills and competencies in addition to your studies. There are Volkshochschulen in every district of Berlin so that it’s always possible for you to find a certain training course not too far away from your home.

The range of offered courses is huge. For example there are several language or IT courses, courses on political, environmental or cultural issues as well as sports courses and everything concerning your health. Please check their website and choose your district in order to see the courses offered (unfortunately it’s only available in German).
You need to pay for these courses but you should always check or ask for student discounts.

A special recommendation for our international students who want to learn German: The Volkshochschule also provides Germanforforeigners. The SKB is another organisation that offers language courses which might be less expensive. Additionally, the DAAD has detailed information on further language courses in German, there even are summerschools.

IIf you don’t want to pay for such additional trainings there is also the possibility to find interesting courses at your university, but most of the time only students of a certain university are allowed to join them. Please ask your study adviser for more information.
The HWR for example offers the so called Studium Generale which includes language courses and interdisciplinary courses as well as courses that improve your key qualifications and methodological competencies.

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