Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Dispute Resolution


The Application Process

How is the application process for the IDR LL.M. organized?





For detailed information on the IDR LL.M. application process, please refer to the "How to apply" page.

Do I need to have completed my law degree to apply for the IDR LL.M.?

No. You can apply in your penultimate year if you expect to receive your law degree by August.

At the same time please be mindful of the requirement to have completed one year of relevant work experience. This is necessary in order to be eligible to apply for the program, though the nature of the work is flexible - internships and professional placements both also count toward fulfilling the requirement.

Do I need to speak German to apply for the IDR LL.M.?

No. All courses are taught exclusively in English.

Can I apply for the IDR LL.M. if my result in the language test is slightly below the minimum requirement?

English proficiency is essential for students to fully benefit from the IDR LL.M. For this reason, the language requirements are especially important in the application assessment process.

If your application creates the overall impression that your English skills are sufficient, you might be accepted despite not quite meeting the minimum requirement for English certification.

What scholarships are available for students accepted to the IDR LL.M.?

For detailed information on scholarships available at Humboldt University for international students, please refer to the HU International website.



The IDR LL.M. and student life at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Do the classes focus on practical skills or theoretical knowledge?

Both. The IDR LL.M. offers a tailor-made combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, including written and oral advocacy skills. This combination is designed to prepare the master students for the sophisticated needs of the dispute resolution market.

The program proudly works in cooperation with academics and practitioners who are at the top of the field.

What is the size of the class?

The IDR LL.M. class has a maximum of 30 students in order to foster direct dialogue between lecturers and students.

What is the overall atmosphere of the IDR LL.M?

The IDR LL.M. students come from different cultures and have diverse professional backgrounds. This facilitates a friendly and intellectually challenging atmosphere.

The program takes place in the heart of Berlin, which is a very internationally-oriented and exciting city with a great atmosphere.

Can I participate in extra-curricular activities at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin?

Yes. The IDR LL.M. students have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities offered by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, just like the other (non-international) students.

Is it possible to take German language courses at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin?

Yes. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers a broad variety of language courses.

For detailed information, please refer to the website of the Language Centre.

Are there any sports courses?

Humboldt University offers a wide range of sports courses available to all enrolled students. For detailed information, please refer to the Hochschulsport website.



Life in Berlin

What are the costs of accommodation in Berlin?

Your accommodation costs will depend on your personal preferences. The average cost of living in a shared flat is between EUR 500 and EUR 600 per month. We recommend starting your search for accommodation as soon as you accept the admission offer.

To search for a shared flat, you can, for example, refer to the wg-gesucht website.

Is it possible to live in a student residence?

Studierendenwerk Berlin operates a few student residences (Studentenwohnheime) in Berlin. As a student of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin you can use all services of Studentenwerk Berlin. However, there are only a limited number of rooms so you should contact them as early as possible.

For further information, please refer to the website of Studierendenwerk Berlin.

Can I use public transport in Berlin?

Yes. All students enrolled at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are provided with a semester ticket, which is valid for all forms of public transport in Berlin, i.e. for S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses and trams.

The IDR LL.M. tuition fee includes the semester ticket.