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Application Procedure and Documents
1. Nomination by your home university
Before you can apply at HTW Berlin, you have to be nominated by your home university.
In order to carry out the nomination in the "Mobility Online" platform, the registered coordinator of your home university will receive a link from us by e-mail (around Mid September for nominations for the subsequent Summer term or Mid March for nominations for the subsequent Winter term).
The nomination deadlines are as follows:
By 15th October for the subsequent Summer term (starting Mid March)
By 15th April for the subsequent Winter term (starting Mid September)
All successfully nominated students will receive the link to the application portal as well as all the important information regarding the application process by e-mail on 20th Oktober (for Summer term) or 20th April (for Winter term).
Please note that nominations submitted by e-mail or post cannot be accepted and that nominations can only be carried out for study programs covered by a bilateral agreement between your home university and HTW Berlin and are therefore available in the Mobility Online platform.
The semester dates of the upcoming Summer Term 2018 are as follows:
Beginning of Welcome Weeks: 15th March 2018
End of lecture and exam period: 28th July 2018
(for more detailed semester dates please check "4. Semester Dates" below.
2. Application within the "Mobility Online" Platform
All nominated students will receive from us a link to our Mobility Online platform which the following application documents need to be submitted to:
- Application form (generated within the Mobility Online Portal)
- Transcript of Records (issued by your university)
- Learning Agreement (it is obligatory to use the template from the Mobility Online portal) In case you also need a learning agreement signed in your home institution's format please upload into the application portal after uploading the HTW learning agreement
- Proof of health insurance for the duration of your time abroad (copy of EU insurance card for EU students)
- Proof of language proficiency(level B2 German (if you are studying in German) or level C1 English (if you are studying in English) - Even if you are studying in English, it is recommended (but not required) that you have a basic knowledge of German
- Copy of Passport or National Identity Card
- Passport Photo
- Portfolio (obligatory only for students applying for a Design program)
Additionally required from students from non-EU countries:
- Submission of a proof of German public health insurance within the first days of the Welcome Weeks. Health insurance cover can also be arranged for at the welcome meeting where representatives from several health insurance providers will be present.
- Please note that HTW Berlin can only ensure enrolment for students that have submitted a proof of health insurance cover. Travel insurances are only accepted for the month of the Welcome Weeks (either March or September)
- Public health insurance cover costs around 75 EUR a month.
Application deadlines are as follows:
By 10th November for the subsequent Summer term (starting Mid March)
By 10th May for the subsequent Winter term (starting Mid September)
3. Course Offering
In order to check what study programs are available in English please refer to our Horizon Website.
For all study programs taught in German please refer to our HTW Berlin website.
Please note that it is not possible to mix courses from different study programs on your Learning Agreement and that your study program at HTW Berlin needs to be corresponding to your field of studies at your home university.
4. Semester Dates
For the Summer term of 2018 the semester dates are as follows:
Arrival: between 1st and 14th March 2018
Welcome Meeting (Start of Orientation Weeks): Thursday, 15th March 2018
Beginning of lecture period: 4th April 2018
Public Holidays: 30th March, 2nd April, 1st May, 10th May, 11th May, 12th May and 21st May 2018
Ending of Lecture Period and Exam Period: 28th July 2018
5. Confirmation of Exchange
After we have checked all application documents, we will send the application letter (by e-mail) and the visa invitation letters (if applicable) by post before Mid June (for subsequent Winter term) or before Mid December (for subsequent Summer term).
The acceptance letter comprises e.g. information regarding the semester contribution as well as the semester dates.
In a 2nd information e-mail we will provide you with more details regarding the Welcome Weeks, your arrival and accommodation arrangements.
Please note that applications by e-mail or post cannot be considered.
When applying for study programs taught in English, students have to submit a proof of their language level in accordance with the following scores:
- European Reference Frame (CEFR): C1
- TOEFL iBT: at least 95
- IELTS: at least 7.0
-TOEIC: at least 490 - 495 (listening), 455 - 495(reading)
- Cambridge Certificate: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- a statement issued by the sending university's International Office or language department explicitely stating a level of at least C1 can also be accepted
When applying for study programs taught in German, students have to submit a proof of their language level in accordance with the following scores:
- European Reference Frame (CEFR): B2
-TestDaF: at least TDN3
- Goethe Zertifikat: at least Goethe-Zertifikat B2
- a statement issued by the sending university's International Office or language department explicitely stating a level of at least B2 can also be accepted
The obligatory semester contribution for exchange students in the amount of around 260 EUR needs to be paid by bank transfer from a European bank account (IBAN and BIC) after your arrival in Berlin. It is recommended that students without a European bank account should open a German bank account or a European online bank account.
The semester fee is almost entirely used to cover the costs for the public transport ticket which entitles you to use the public transport system (city railway, underground, tram and bus) in zones A, B and C (Berlin and surrounding area). A small share of the semester fee is used to cover other costs, e.g. expenses for the student union.
It is obligatory for all students to pay the semester fee and it is not possible to stay enrolled without paying the semester fee.
The semester fee is not a tuition fee. In accordance with existing exchange cooperation agreements, no additional costs beyond the semester fee are charged.