Joint Degree Programs Offered by the Universities in Berlin
More than 100,000 students are enrolled at Berlin’s three major universities and at Charité – Universitätsmedizin, and some of them study simultaneously at two universities.
Students in Berlin visit the libraries of other higher education institutions, take sports classes at a neighboring university, or pay for coffee using a dining hall card that can be used at any local university. Student life has long since transcended the boundaries of individual institutions – including in seminars.
There are already a number of degree programs at Berlin’s universities that are hosted by multiple institutions. Concurrent enrollment is open to those enrolled in joint study programs offered by different universities, such as the master’s degree program in Computational Neuroscience. This program, which is geared heavily toward current research, was created through cooperation among multiple university research institutions in Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin.
About one dozen study programs at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a joint institution of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, are also organized as cooperative programs. They include the master’s degree program in Public Health, which is hosted by the Berlin School of Public Health, a joint institution of Alice Salomon Hochschule, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin. At two locations – lecture halls on the Charité Virchow campus and at Technische Universität Berlin – students study the systems and structures of patient care, healthcare, and health policy.
However, students enrolled in joint degree programs do still have to choose one “main” university, since they are only permitted to exercise their rights as university members, such as participating in elections for the student parliament, in one place. Fees and contributions, including social contributions to the Studierendenwerk student union, are only due at the student’s main university.