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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Dispute Resolution

Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Process

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Do I need to have completed my first 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.

 

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

 

No. All courses are taught exclusively in English.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 University

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Can I participate in extra-curricular activities at Humboldt University?

 

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

 

  1. Is it possible to take German language courses at Humboldt University?

 

Yes. Humboldt University offers a broad variety of language courses.

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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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 350 and EUR 450 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.

 

  1. Is it possible to live in a student residence?

 

Studentenwerk Berlin operates a few student residences (Studentenwohnheime) in Berlin. As a student of Humboldt University 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 webste of Studentenwerk Berlin.

 

  1. Can I use the public transport in Berlin?

 

Yes. All students enrolled at Humboldt University 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.