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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Enhancing digital teaching

Call for Applications: Teaching assignments in the Berlin Perspectives module for international students

As part of the Berlin Perspectives programme at Humboldt International Campus (HIC), the bologna.lab is offering up to 12 supplementary teaching contracts (Lehraufträge) for the winter semester 2020/21 (October 2020 – February 2021).

Teaching assignments for English-speaking seminars


Download: Call for applications for the summer semester 2020 as pdf document

About Berlin Perspectives

Berlin Perspectives is an interdisciplinary elective module at bachelor level. It is aimed at international exchange students of all disciplines who are studying for a semester or two at Humboldt-Universität and whose knowledge of the German academic language and culture is not yet advanced enough to allow them to complete all their courses in German. The seminars are also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP).

Using the city of Berlin as a local focus point, our seminars, situated within the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences spectrum, invite international students to engage academically with key aspects of German history, society and culture, and connect what they learn with their own global perspective.

Berlin Perspectives aims to include the students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences into an intercultural learning process to encourage a multifaced international classroom. Throughout their semester, students develop content knowledge as well as intercultural and academic skills, while at the same time learning to reflect critically on the cultural and linguistic positionality of knowledge.

Developing international teaching competence

For lecturers, Berlin Perspectives offers the opportunity to sharpen and expand their international teaching profile and to further develop their teaching skills within a diverse, intercultural learning setting.

During the semester, Berlin Perspectives supports lecturers via ongoing peer support as well as an intercultural training workshop, which we offer free of charge to our teaching staff.

Language and Methods

Seminars are taught in English, German (for international students) or in bilingual formats (English/German). Berlin Perspectives is situated with the EMI spectrum (English as a medium of instruction in Higher Education), and encourages polyglot and multi-perspectival learning within this heterogenous learning setting. To this purpose, we look not only for course content of a high academic standard, but also specifically for a clear, didactic concept of how to communicate the course contents in an international classroom.

Seminars are open to students of all disciplines. Berlin Perspectives seminars use a variety of interactive, student-centered working methods to provide them with subject knowledge and key skills required for independent academic work (graduate attributes). We specifically welcome interdisciplinary course proposals and proposals which favour diverse learning and assessment methods. In consultation with teachers, assessments can be completed in German or English (or in other languages). We welcome forms of assessment that encourage students to critically reflect on their own learning process.

Application requirements

We are looking for committed academics from the arts and humanities, social sciences or other disciplines, who are willing to bring their linguistic and academic skills to bear in helping to shape the Berlin Perspectives module.

It is possible to apply as a co-teaching team.

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • An interest in the thematic complex international classroom, diversity, intercultural academic teaching and didactics
  • Experience in teaching international and heterogeneous groups of students, and in teaching non-native speakers
  • Proficiency in digital teaching tools (in particular Moodle and Zoom), or the willingness to become familiar with these tools
  • Willingness to participate in teaching staff meetings


Application documents

In the current situation, it is unclear whether classroom teaching will be possible in the winter semester 2020/21. Therefore, we ask you to design your seminar in a digital format. If the university buildings are reopened, you can conduct your course face-to-face or in a blended format.

  1. Letter of motivation
  2. Short course description in English, which may be used as the basis for the Humboldt-Universität course directory.
  3. Course proposal (2-3 pages) in English including the following information:
    1. Course title, description, and language requirements
    2. Relevance of the topic for Berlin Perspectives and the target group international students
    3. Learning objectives and didactic methods
    4. Short description of the (usually weekly) digital course sessions (synchronous videoconferencing in Zoom or asynchronous formats in moodle or other digital tools)
    5. Course assessment. Besides traditional final assessments such as Hausarbeit, we welcome assessments that encourage students to critically reflect on their learning process
    6. Bibliography
  4. Commentary on language and methodology of your course, bearing in mind a culturally diverse seminar group
  5. Academic CV

For applicants from non-EU countries: Please note that a valid work permit is required for a teaching assignment (Lehrauftrag) in Germany.


Teaching assignments are remunerated in accordance to the regulations of Humboldt-Universität: 38,38 € per course hour à 45 min (32 course hours in the winter semester) + 21,00 € per student assignment. Travel costs cannot be reimbursed.


Deadline for proposals for the winter semester 2020/21:

30 June 2020


Please send your complete application - preferably in digital form as one single pdf file - to:


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin Perspectives
Dr. Monika Sonntag / Dr. Stefanie Rinke
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7
10117 Berlin