Founded in 2002, SRH Hochschule Berlin (SRH University of Applied Sciences Berlin) is a for-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Berlin. Officially accredited/recognized by the Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft, Berlin (Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science), SRH Hochschule Berlin is a very small coeducational higher education institution. SRH Hochschule Berlin offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 15 year old institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 50-60 percent making this German higher education organization a averagely selective institution. SRH Hochschule Berlin also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.
Since Germany’s reunification in 1990, Berlin has experienced a huge growth in the service-, technology- and creative-sector industries. Today, it’s the start-up capital of Europe, headquarters for multinational giants like Siemens, and the capital of the largest economy in Europe.
In the quarter-century-plus since the Wall came tumbling down, Berlin has gone through an urban and social transformation that has made it one of the most exciting cities in Europe (many would say, the most exciting). Superlative museums, grand (and grandiose) monuments, a nightlife that’s both glamorous and gritty, a performing arts scene that has no equal in Germany, fascinating neighborhoods to explore, fabulous parks and green spaces to enjoy, cafes, beer gardens, shopping, elegant restaurants and on-the-go street food—Berlin truly does have something for everyone. And although Berlin is a fast-paced, forward-looking city, it is also a city full of memorials and reminders of its haunted and harrowing Nazi and Communist past. Berlin has seen it all and lived to tell the tale—a tale that makes this city perpetually fascinating and endlessly exciting as it reinvents itself again and again.
No other city in Germany can match Berlin for the sheer number of attractions and diversions it offers. The city is particularly rich in museums (170 of them at last count) and you could spend your whole semester just visiting them. But Berlin the living city is fascinating wherever you go, filled with historic monuments, gut-wrenching memorials, picturesque parks and lakes, famous avenues and riverside promenades, and lots of new architecture. In fact, Berlin has more new buildings than any other city in Europe.
Students at SRH benefit from the university’s international atmosphere and great career prospects. Furthermore, they enjoy a diverse social and cultural life in one of the most inspiring European capitals. SRH offers an array of campus sports, from soccer to volleyball and everything in between. Every year the university hosts a variety of campus events, such as a Summer Bash, Christmas Party and Career Day. SRH organizes excursions, company presentations and career events. With approximately 1000 students from over 70 nations, SRH Hochschule Berlin is a place where people of different nationalities and backgrounds meet and exchange ideas and experiences. The campus is located in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district in West Berlin, directly at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Nearby are the Berlin Victory Column, the famous shopping street Ku’damm and the largest zoological park in Europe. Several cafés, restaurants, clubs, museums, theatres and art galleries can be found in this part of the city, offering students a wide range of options to organize their free time. For more information about Campus Life at SRH, visit https://www.srh-hochschule-berlin.de/en/campus-life/.
What is it like to be an international student at SRH Hochschule Berlin? Watch the following video to find out.
The Fall/Winter semester runs from early October to March and therefore is not an option for Freeman students that plan to return to Tulane for the Spring semester. The Spring/Summer semester runs March – early Aug.
Ranking and Rigor
Not included in 2017 QS World University Rankings.
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
Bachelor students may only enroll in Bachelor level classes. Capacities are limited, especially in the classes taught in English; spaces will be distributed first-come-first-served. A list with available courses will be provided shortly before each semester begins. Internship modules, thesis modules and some selected courses are not open to exchange students. For a list of courses commonly offered and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered. Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year.
At SRH Hochschule Berlin, you may attend classes in English or in German, depending on the study program you chose and your level of language proficiency. If you plan to take courses in German, your language level should be at least B2.2 (high intermediate), but SRH highly recommends a C.1 level (advanced), according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
SRH Hochschule Berlin uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). ECTS credits are awarded for successfully completed studies. 1 ECTS is equivalent to 25-30 hours of study. At SRH Hochschule Berlin the students can get 5 or 6 ECTS per course. Students have to take a minimum of 24 ECTS (typically 4 courses) and a maximum of 30 ECTS (typically 5 courses) per semester.
SRH Hochschule Berlin offers credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing language classes in German. Credit-bearing classes have to be stated on the learning agreement. Non-credit-bearing language classes are not free of charge. Please note that not every level will be offered in every semester. Language classes may overlap with regular classes.
After the application process, SRH will be in touch with you regarding your course choices. Once finalized on SRH's end, you will receive information about the classes, which will be available to exchange students during the semester you applied for. You will then be asked to complete either a Course Selection Form for Incoming Exchange Students. Before submitting it, please discuss your course choices with Goldring and your BSM advisor.
Professors' teaching styles vary. Some classes are almost wholly lecture-based and very formal. Others are less formal and more interactive. Course schedules are not as rigid as they are in the U.S. so some weeks you may have several classes and some weeks you may have only 1 or 2 classes.
One final examination at the end of the course is a common form of student learning assessment at SRH. Exams may be oral. Oral examinations are generally limited to very few questions. Students will be required to synthesize course materials.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
SRH Hochschule Berlin uses a grading system from 1.0 to 5.0 with 1.0 being the best grade and 5.0 being the lowest possible grade and the only failing grade. Some courses may be graded with pass / fail only. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at SRH. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.
Requirements for Courses Taught in German
If you wish to take courses taught in German with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the SRH exchange website for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
On-campus housing is not available. Once accepted, incoming exchange students receive a Student Welcome Guide with detailed information on how to find a place to stay in Berlin, as well as other relevant topics.