Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Tips for Beginners

Lecture period for the winter semester 2022/23: October 17, 2022 - February 18, 2023

Prior to this, orientation events and preparatory courses for studies take place (see below).

17.10. dies academicus - no regular courses will take place on this day!

Humboldt-Universität plans to offer face-to-face teaching and learning in the winter semester 2022/2023. Classroom teaching can be supplemented by online courses if didactic reasons or the pandemic situation require this. Information on the implementation of the specific courses can be found in the University Calendar.

Current information:

What is to be done after enrolment?

(see also: "Study Checklist" and HU-Compass brochure)

Orientation within university

What orientation options are there?

Wie beginne ich mein Studium an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin?

Das Lehramtsstudium an der Humboldt-Universität

Studienorganisation an der Humboldt-Universität: IT-Dienste für Studierende

Wie erstelle ich meinen Stundenplan mit Agnes? (HU portal Teaching and Examinations Online)

Welche Funktionen bietet Agnes?

What materials do you need to prepare for the semester?

  • Study and examination regulations for your degree programme(s) with module descriptions and ideal-typical study plans, which give you advice on how to structure your studies and how to build your timetable, can be found on the websites of faculties, departments or institutes. Those already published in the Amtliches Mitteilungsblatt der Humboldt-Universität can be downloaded from Please refer to the most recent study regulations for your subject.

Students with the option of a teaching profession (except for primary school education) also require the study regulations for the study parts Education Sciences and Language Education (, Nr. 80/2015).

Note on timetable creation

At the university there are usually no predefined "timetables", i.e. each student creates an individual plan independently.

If there are amendment regulations, then the ideal-typical study plan can usually be found in the 1st version.

  • If you are studying a combined Bachelor's degree, you will need the study regulations for the core and the second subject.
  • You can find out from the individual module descriptions whether there is a prerequisite for participation.
  • If this is not the case, check which types of courses belong to the corresponding modules and what time frame they have (see specification of SWS = semester week hour = hour of academic teaching in each week of the semester).
  • Finally, log into the portal "Agnes - Teaching and Examinations Online" with your HU account and select your subject in the course catalogue first and then the modules recommended in the study regulations. Here you will also find information whether digital course formats are to be expected.
  • Then choose the number of courses specified in the module description for your timetable, register for them and transfer them to your personal timetable.
  • Each semester you should take modules of about 30 credit points (LP).
  • The Agnes Help Centre offers practical information as well as our Video about creating the time-table (in German).
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the (student) course advisory service (see below).

Who can help?

The Course Advisors (Studienfachberatung) can help in matters related to a particular course as well as with planning lectures and classes in the first semester. Addresses, telephone numbers and office hours can be found also in the relevant websites and course catalogues of the faculties, departments and institutes.

Advice of fellow students (studentische Studienfachberatung) can be helpful as well. Most faculties, departments and institutes offer subject-related peer counselling, or the Fachschaft (student representation) will help you. Contacts also: HU Social Media Directory

Support for starting studies, connection and orientation assistance: Study Buddy-program

The Service for teacher training students of the Professional School of Education (PSE) offers advice on specific questions of teacher training and timetable construction guides.

Computer and Media Service of Humboldt-Universität: HU account, Campus Card, course catalogue, HU mail, computer labs, WLAN, eLearning (Moodle), exam registration, see Agnes - Teaching and Examinations Online with Help-center as well as information of Immatrikulationsbüro

If technical problems occur when registering for courses:

The Career Center provides counselling on practice-related courses within the framework of the Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich (ÜWP).

If support is needed because of disability or chronical illness, advice will be given by the  Disability Advisory Service .

Tips and support for parent students (child care) can be found at

For social counselling the contact is

If you want to improve your language skills the Language Centre offers plenty of courses.

If you wish to register with the University Library, just click at

If you want to make music in the company of other students, you will be helped at

If you want to go in for sports, is a useful link.

Tips on healthy studying and networking opportunities can be found on the website of the University Health Management.

The Studierendenwerk Berlin takes care of social matters such as student finance (according to BAföG), halls of residence and Kitas.

Contact for further concerns

Version: 23 September, 2022


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