Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak

The services offered by the Psychological-psychotherapeutic Counselling, Social Counselling, Counselling for Barrier-free Studies, and the Writing Center for Berlin students, are listed here.

+++Detailed FAQ in the context of the current Corona situation can be found here+++

Social Counselling Centre

Social Counselling

The Social Counselling Centre is responsible for students and prospective students of the following universities: Humboldt-Universität, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Hochschule für angewandte Pädagogik, Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen, Kunsthochschule Berlin, Hochschule für Schauspielkunst, Hochschule für Musik, Alice-Salomon-Hochschule, IUBH and the CODE University.

  • How can I finance my studies and the final stages of my degree?
  • Do my parents have to support me or could I get BAföG?
  • Who can help me when I have problems with administrative offices?
  • Questions about health insurance, housing subsidies, or child benefit?
  • Pregnant – what now? Child(ren) and studying – how to combine the two?
  • Entitlement to social services – too complex? Or do you have more specific questions?
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Students with Children

For students with children, we have created a counselling service, aimed at both German and international students.
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International Students

Whether you have come to Berlin for one semester or for a full study program – we at the Social Counselling Centre would like to support you.

Events (only in German)

Studierendenwerk Berlin

Studierendenwerk Berlin



Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
10243 Berlin (Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district)
Frau Fordjuor
030 939393-8437
Frau Pohl-Waldmann
030 93939-8449
Frau Rohde
030 93939-8440
Social counselling temporarily not available: In June, we received more than 13,000 applications for the BMBF's bridging aid. In order to be able to process these as quickly as possible, the Social Counselling Service is currently neither available by e-mail nor by telephone. If you have any questions about the bridging aid: 0800 26 23 003 or
U-Bahn: U5 (Weberwiese);
S-Bahn: S5, 7, 75, 9 (Ostbahnhof);
BUS: 240 (Franz-Mehring-Platz)
HfM: 3.8 km
KHB: 6.3 km


Our range of tasks and our offer

We are legally required to maintain confidentiality.

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Social counselling service

A team of qualified social workers will gladly help and assist you in many personal, social and financial issues, such as:

Howdo I finance my studies and my degree?

Do my parents have to support me or would BAföG be an option for me?

What and who can help with hassles with the authorities?

Questions about health insurance, housing allowance, child benefit?

Pregnant - what now? Child (ren) and studying - how does that work?

Social rights - too complex, or you have specific questions?

Our offices are located in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg and Dahlem.

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Psychological-psychotherapeutic counselling service

The counselling services are aimed at all students studying at Berlin universities.

There are many different aspects to studying, and it makes demands on all parts of your daily life. Things don’t always run smoothly. Even if you can deal with many challenges on your own, there can still be issues for which might you need professional advice.

You can find us in Charlottenburg and in Friedrichshain.

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Writing Centre

Competently dealing with texts, as a reader and also as a writer, is indispensible for successful studies. Writing can also be a tool for learning and thinking, rather than a hurdle.

The counselling services are aimed at all students in bachelor-, master- and state exam degrees.

It is our guiding principle that one can learn academic and scientific writing and that this is a process in which we would like to guide and support you.

Our team of trained writing advisors offers personal advice on academic writing as well as workshops and groups at the Hardenbergstraße and Thielallee sites.

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Counselling service for barrier-free studies

Our services are aimed at students or prospective students with disabilities or chronic diseases. This includes, in addition to students with walking disabilities or hearing-impaired or visually-impaired students, also students with chronic diseases such as e.g. Morbus Crohn, cancer, HIV infection, rheumatism, diabetes, epilepsy or any other non-visual impairments. Of course, our consultations are confidential and, on request, also anonymous.

The counselling centre provides integration assistance in according with the Berlin Higher Education Act. This entails integration aids such as study assistance, text book allowances or other technical aids.

Our offices are in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg and Dahlem.

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