Episode 37: The Humboldt University



  • Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


  • Opened in 1810
  • Approximately 35.000 students
  • Annual budget EUR 385.000

The Humboldt Uni, or also known as “HU” was founded in 1809 and opened one year later in 1810. It is Berlin’s oldest university. Today it offers 190 courses – so basically there is something interesting to discover for everyone. Currently, almost 35,000 people from all over the world study at HU.

HU was founded under the name “Berlin University” and only in the 1940’s the school was renamed to Humboldt University. Wilhelm von Humboldt was the founder of the university and you will have the opportunity to get to know more about him in our talk below.

Humboldt University is one of the so-called Elite-Universitäten (“elite university”) in Germany. And did you know that 29 Nobel Prize laureates studied at Humboldt University? That’s probably not a coincidence, don’t you think?

So the university is pretty cool, but it has seen dark days as well: for example during the National Socialism in Germany, Jewish students and teachers were expelled and persecuted or even killed. The burning of the books, which you can learn more about in episode 30, was also conducted by people from HU.

Check out our quick talk below and learn more about HU’s founder and his ideas of education.

Go walk this talk!

Photo and episode: Ute Linden


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