About Freie University Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of the German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. Freie Universität can thus take its place as an international network university in the global competition among universities. Development and assessment of research projects takes place within various focus areas, research networks, and platforms for interdisciplinary collaborative research. The university’s performance in the Excellence Initiative provided funding for several new graduate schools and transdisciplinary research clusters. In particular, the graduate schools play a key role in the development of internationally competitive research centers of excellence. Freie Universität Berlin is a full university with 15 departments and central institutes offering over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects.
Courses and areas of study
Please note that the detailed course catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) only becomes available online two months prior to the beginning of each semester. It is structured by departments, degrees and modules.
To organise your schedule earlier than this, please check the Study and Examination Regulations (Studien- und Pruefungsordung).
Course catalogues from earlier semesters should provide you with an indication of the nature of the courses that will be made available to you.
30 ECTS = 24 ANU units
Students must have room in their degree (a total of 24 ANU units available) when applying for exchange.
Students MUST study 30 ECTS at this partner. This may be made up of any number of courses that totals 30 ECTS.
Students MUST be enrolled at ANU during their exchange semester, in an exchange shell code(s) with their ANU academic college(s) that totals 24 ANU units.
Freie Universität Berlin offers fully furnished apartments including household equipment for exchange students in Steglitz/Lichterfelde (Celsiusstr.) and Steglitz/Lankwitz (Klüberstr.). The FU campus is located in the neighbouring Dahlem. The apartments can be reached by bus or S-Bahn. The rent is approximately € 390 (Celsiusstr.) € 420 (Klüberstr.) per month. A security deposit is necessary. The minimum duration of stay is one semester.
The Studentenwerk Berlin as well as the privately owned Studentendorf Schlachtensee offers a limited number of student dormitories. Please note that the rooms available at Studentenwerk Berlin are always booked out very fast!
Information and application
The registration for the Accommodation Service is usually possible at the beginning of May for the winter term and at the beginning of November for the summer term. Registration before May/November is not possible since you first have to be accepted by Freie as an exchange student and the websites of the Accommodation Service have to be updated.
Please visit the website of the Accommodation Service for further information and the application forms for the apartments and dormitories.
Your living costs mainly depend, of course, on your personal requirements and habits. You should count on spending a minimum of 600 to 700 Euro (rental fees, grocery, leisure time etc.). In order to obtain an entry visa or a residence permit for study purposes, you must prove that this monthly amount is at your disposal, independent of any job.
Detailed information on funding for international students in Germany may be obtained from a database of the German Academic Exchange Service. The Freie Universität Berlin does not award any grants or scholarships. Information about support of junior scholars is provided on the webpages of Freie Universität.
Language of instruction
Restrictions and considerations
If you wish to study at Freie University Berlin, you will need to obtain language approval from the German Language department at ANU.