Why am I asking for Financial Help?
Firstly, thanks very much for reading.
I am very embarrassed to do this, but due to various reasons, I need a bit of financial help to become the historian I want to be. One of the main reasons I think it's fair to point out is that Future Finance EU Postgrad Loans have recently been suspended.
This means British students wanting to study in the EU have no effective postgraduate loan system from the academic year 2018/19... which leads me to obviously apply for help from every single scholarship under the sun (lots of fun in German) and finally, to ask you, the person reading this!
I have to say that I never thought that being part of the last cohort of UK citizens applying to an EU programme, in the last academic year possible before the UK exits from the EU, would have meant such a lack of funding schemes backing such students, but alas, this is where I am.
For nearly a year, through saving, foraging (I drew the line at 'skipping'...), being the king of saying 'no' to nights out, and literally selling everything I own apart from the clothes on my back - I should by September have saved enough to start my Global History Masters Degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin! I think I've saved enough to cover rent & health insurance (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Info) in the first year at least. I'm hoping my second year can get covered by a yet-to-be-found-scholarship (which take awhile to set up).
HOWEVER - alongside all this, a large expense is the "Semester Fees"...
Though there are no tuition fees for EU students in Germany (my last year possible due to Brexit- yay!), there is still this basic administrative cost to pay before the semester. Through the Programme Flyer you can check the costs total around 1,260 EUR during the course.
Also in the same link, you can see what an amazing postgraduate degree this is! You can also check the website to see the Global History Masters Degree info on costs (especially this £1.3k for semester fees which I'm fundraising for).
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask.
I would be sincerely grateful for your help in any way, shape, or form, to study at this university.
What's so special about this university and course?
Built in 1748, the ‘Humboldt University of Berlin’ is one of the most prestigious universities not only in Germany, but in Europe and beyond! Originally known simply as the University of Berlin, it was given its current name in 1949, and is named after both its founder, German statesman Wilhelm von Humboldt, and his brother, the esteemed scientist, Alexander von Humboldt.
The political turmoil of the post-war period and the protest of students and staff against the increasing Communist influence on the university led to a split among staff and students. As a result, the Freie Universität of Berlin (where I also have a few lectures) was founded in December 1948 in the American sector of the city.
HU Berlin is recognised as one of Europe’s pioneering higher education institutions. Wilhelm von Humboldt is credited with developing a model for universities that saw a closer relationship between research and teaching - a model that is still followed in universities across the world today which makes it known as the "mother of all modern universities".
Among HU Berlin’s famous alumni are:
Philosopher Karl Marx - Composer Felix Mendelssohn - & Physicist Albert Einstein
It is a great university, where people work very hard… maybe evidenced by the fact that in total, 40 Nobel prize-winners are associated with ‘Humboldt-Universität’.
The Times Higher Education World Rankings cite it as:
- Ranked overall as the 15th best in Europe and 50th (from 1000+) best university in the world.
- For 2018, it is also rated as the 18th best university in the world for studying specifically History.
- So ultimately, you know someone that’s studying in the world Top 20 for historical research!
FUN FACT: The University Library has about 7 million books, magazines and journals
– in case you wanted to know where I will actually be most of the time!
Where will I live, east or west?
... But It’s all the same now... Or is it?
The campus buildings I will use will be based on the Unter den Linden in the Mitte (middle) area of the city. I don’t exactly know where I will live yet. I have two friends so far that live there in Dalhem and Prenzlauer Berg, but I will look for any room that I can get!
BUT - It’s quite well known that the old communist East Berlin is more affordable. So… above is a map from 1963 showing you where I am likely to be (with the communists).
The average rental costs for a single room seems to be for the most part 500-700 Euros per month sharing. For a snapshot on everyday food prices, on average: Bread (‘Brot’) is around 1 Euro; 1Kg of potatoes (‘Kartofellen’) is around 1.50 Euro; & 1Kg of tomatoes (‘Tomaten’) is just over 2 Euros.
Topics of study!
With recommended 40 hours reading per week – this is a real full time job! Here is a taster for all the fantastic topics I will cover.
First Year Modules: Greek History/ Roman History/ Medieval History/ Early Modern History/ Latin American in the Global Context/ North American Social and cultural History of North America/ Constitutions of Latin America/ North American Colonial History/ Scientific profiles in the Islamic World/ Islamic Intellectual History/ Southeast Asia in Region profile/ Cultures and Religions in South Asia/ Science in East Asia.
Second year modules: Culture and History in China/ History of Africa/ Imperial Histories and Nation Building in Europe/ Colonialism and Post- Colonialism/ History of Dictatorships, Violence and Conflicts/ Cultural History, History of the Religions, Intellectual History / History of Science
There are small essays in each module but at the end of the final year I will write my main piece of research, a 40,000 word thesis on a specific topic of my choice.
Currently I have an idea to focus on why/ how/ when Europeans influenced South-East Asia, and vice-versa, in the 16th-18th centuries... but of course, this may change.
For extra information check out Programme Flyer.
With just over thirty students per year let in, it’s really hard to get into! Just to go this far, I had to take extra evening essays in classics at the University of Edinburgh, and present a paper at the German Historical Institute London. I think it is most definitely worth it though. Insomuch as it is a real investment to become a fully qualified historian.
So that is a basic introduction to it all. The place, the study, the living and what I have to navigate through in order to become Daniel Thomas Hinchey BA, MA.
If you would like to help sponsor me along this journey to becoming a historian, in any way, I would be very, very thankful and appreciative of any support and assistance you can lend.
With all my love, ‘und Vielen Dank’,
Also here are some more pictures of this beautiful university...