Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informations­wissen­schaft

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Acquire international experiences, strengthen your academic qualifications and increase your job opportunities. The Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS or IVA) at the University of Copenhagen and the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (BSLIS or IBI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offer a joint study profile at the Master's level in information science and cultural communication.

BSLIS and RSLIS students are able to spend a semester at the other school and use the acquired knowledge (and credits!) towards their Master degree at their home institution. The joint study profile is offered annually (organized through an Erasmus exchange), started in the Fall of 2012. Students participating in the joint study profile receive an official acknowledgement and exchange document to supplement their official diplomas.

Themes and Subjects

Different modules will be offered from each school and will cover the following subject areas:

  • Bibliometrics & Scientometrics
  • Media, genres and cultural communication
  • Digital libraries
  • Memory systems and cultural heritage
  • Information behaviour
  • Search engines and personalization
  • Information retrieval
  • Semantic web
  • Long-term archiving
  • System development - from user needs to evaluation

See the relevant course descriptions here.


When to go? 

The Fall semester takes place in Copenhagen, whereas the Spring semester will take place in Berlin (and is equivalent with the regular Summer semester in Berlin). The table shows the fall semester in Copenhagen. Please find detailed course descriptions for Copenhagen on this website. In Berlin each summer semester 3 modules (consisting of a lecture and a seminar each) will be offered in English: Digital Libraries, Long-term Archiving, Communication and Semantic Web. The exact dates will be offered in March of each year.

For each term you select modules (2-4 in Copenhagen, 3 in Berlin) and participate in the associated exams (30 ECTS).  


Important Facts and Dates

  IBI Students RSLIS Students
Where to? Copenhagen Berlin
When? September 2016 - January 2017 (Autumn term) April 2017 - July 2017 (Summer semester)
Course & credits 2-4 courses at RSLIS (30 ETCS) 3 courses at IBI (30 ECTS)

Who to ask?

Application to

Erasmus Coordinator

International Student Councellor and Coordinator

How to apply?

  • Apply at BSLIS (to get the nomination) with
    • Application (motivational letter)
    • CV
    • Report Cards (AGNES)
    • Certificate of Enrollment (Master)
    • (Application & CV in English or German)
    • English language certificate (B2-Niveau)
  • Apply at University of Copenhagen after you have been nominated by BSLIS
Accomodation Housing in Copenhagen Housing in Berlin
General Information Exchange at RSLIS Erasmus at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Available slots Please ask the Erasmus Coordinator Maxi Kindling. 10 Bachelor and Master students
Deadline of application

1 May for a complete application for the Autumn semester at RSLIS (10 January 2016 deadline for nomination application at BSLIS)


1 October for a complete application for the Spring semester (10 January 2016 deadline for nomination application at BSLIS)

31 May for the Online Application for the Winter semester at HU Berlin

30 November for the Online Application for the Summer semester at HU Berlin



The Royal School of Library and Information Science at the University of Copenhagen is an institution for education and research at the highest scientific level in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). RSLIS is a member of iSchool Caucus.
Contact: The international student counselor and coordinator:



As the only German School for Library and Information Science (alternatively called BSLIS: Berlin School of Library and Information Science) at university level, IBI focuses on teaching and research that preserves the focus of the traditional library science areas, while keeping a perspective towards the paradigm shifts in scholarly communication and a focus on digital libraries. IBI is a member of the iSchool Caucus.
Contact: Erasmus Coordinator


International Students (other schools)

We can only admit students from cooperating universities at the joint study profile – please contact your Student Affairs Officer at your university for more information. You may also complete the joint study MA-profile as part of a full master’s degree in Information Science and Cultural Communication at RSLIS.