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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Partner
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Areas of Study: Art History, English, European Studies, Film, German, History, Islamic World Studies, Music, Philosophy, Politics
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Credits: 12, 15 +
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing Options: Homestay, Studio Apartment
Internship Available: No COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No
Program Description:

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Freie Universität Berlin
European Studies


After the fall of the infamous Wall in 1989 and the reunification of Germany a year later, Berlin has regained its status as capital of the country and has become a most dynamic European metropolis. Whatever you choose as your starting point for a stroll through contemporary Berlin - the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag's new glass dome, Potsdamer Platz or the Holocaust Memorial - you'll be following in the footsteps of famous history makers, musicians, and artists, in a city that's youthful and alive.

Participants study in the Berlin European Studies Program at the Freie Universität - one of Germany's premier institutions. Located in the southwestern part of Berlin, Freie Universität boasts a strong international community. A unique feature of this program is that students typically take content courses in English and prior study or knowledge of German is not required. Students travel on a week-long excursion within Germany and neighboring countries, in addition to local field trips and cultural events.


Students may choose between two housing options:

Homestays are encouraged as an unrivaled opportunity to improve your language and cultural skills, as well as a means of meeting people and becoming integrated into the city. Students who live in a homestay receive two meals a day included in the program cost.

Fully furnished studio apartments are located 30-40 minutes from the program site by bus. The apartments do not feature telephone or internet connections; a cost-effective wireless internet connection can be purchased directly by each participant at his/her own expense at a nearby office/shop, using information provided by the program. Meals are not included.


In addition to the required 1-2 German language courses, students take English-taught or German-taught courses in subjects such as art history, literature, European international relations, German history, German and European politics, architecture, philosophy, business, music history, and film studies. To learn more about courses, visit the FU-BEST courses website and read over FU-BEST's Academic Program page.

Full Courseload = 25 ECT (5 Courses).


Students attending this program may wish to apply for the Delta Phi Alpha German Study Abroad Scholarship. Additional scholarship options are listed on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarships webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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