Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin - International January and Summer Program - Summer or January Short Course


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers summer programs in Germany through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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Study abroad in Berlin, Germany over the January or summer term through GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this short-term program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.


Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) is an intensive 3-6 week academic program offered in the summer or January in Berlin.

FUBiS participants choose from intensive and semi-intensive German language classes on up to five different levels of proficiency. In addition FUBiS offers various courses with a focus on Germany in the areas of history, politics, business, literature, culture, art history, and film. These classes are taught primarily in English by distinguished German and international faculty. Students are able to combine a German language course with one English subject course, take two subject courses in English, or focus entirely on Intensive German instruction for the summer terms. During the January term, students can choose a German language course offered at all proficiency levels or take an elective course taught in English.

FUBiS classes make use of the vast historic, cultural, and political institutions and resources Berlin offers. Study and field trips to museums, memorials as well as political and cultural institutions are integral parts of the curriculum. In some classes students have the unique opportunity to attend specially organized and exclusive round-table discussions with decision makers, diplomats, and experts in their field of study.


The FUBiS program offers students many choices: 

Combination of language and subject classes. This allows students to improve their language skills as well as further their knowledge of a subject matter.

Combination of two subject classes which may count toward a major or minor at the home institution.

Intensive German language classes. These classes meet every weekday and allow students to focus on and thus considerably improve their German skills.


The Freie Universität Berlin is a premier destination for research and education in Europe. It is ranked nationally and internationally among the top research universities in Germany. At the Excellence Initiative competition in 2012, for the second consecutive time, the Freie Universität Berlin was granted the honor of being named one of eleven universities of excellence in Germany.  This distinction reflects Freie Universität's outstanding graduate programs, excellent research clusters and successful internationalization strategy. 



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Academic Highlights

Participants do not need to have prior German language background nor take German language classes during the summer or January term. FUBiS classes make use of the vast historic, cultural, and political institutions and resources Berlin offers. Study and field trips to museums, memorials as well as political and cultural institutions are integral parts of the curriculum. In some classes students have the unique opportunity to attend specially organized and exclusive round-table discussions with decision makers, diplomats, and experts in their field of study.

Depending on the block and course structure chosen, students can earn between 2 and 6 US semester credits:


Term I (3 weeks)

Students can choose from one of the following academic options:  

  • Semi-intensive German language course (72 contact hours)
  • 1 subject course (48 contact hours)

Term II (6 weeks)

Students can choose from one of the following academic options:  

  • 2 subject classes (6 US credits total)
  • 1 subject and 1 language (6 US credits total)
  • Intensive German language (4.5 US credits total)

Term III (4 weeks)

Students can choose from one of the following academic options: 

  • 2 subject classes (4 US credits total)
  • 1 subject and 1 language (4 US credits total)
  • Intensive German (3 US credits total)


Students have the options of attending both summer blocks.


Sample Classes

To view all available classes with descriptions, click HERE. All subject classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

  • German language courses on up to five different proficiency levels
  • Architecture in Berlin: A Walk through History 
  • Art of the Western World-From Ancient Sculpture to Action Painting
  • Borders and Crossings: German Literature and Culture from Romanticism to Present
  • Deutsche Exilliteratur (in German language)
  • Die Metropole Berlin in Literatur und Kultur von der Jahrhundertwende bis 1945 (in German language)
  • European Business Management  
  • Global Ecological Governance
  • Global Politics: How to Cope with a World in Disarray?
  • Governing Climate Change
  • Islam & the West - The Pitfalls of Mapping the World
  • Law, Society and Politics in Comparative Perspective 
  • Music Composition: Compose, Rehearse, and Perform 
  • Seduction and Terror: The Third Reich
  • The Cold War
  • The European Union in the 21st Century: Internal and External Challenges
  • Transnational Cinema in Germany
  • Understanding the European Union: Internal and External Affairs 
  • Urban Places and Spaces: Analyzing and Exploring Berlin


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Berlin is a European center of politics, culture, and art. Visitors and residents alike are captivated by its unique atmosphere. With 3.4 million inhabitants, Berlin is a dynamic and multicultural city. The city has played a key role in the country’s development spanning many centuries.


Study abroad students will find a wide and diverse offering of museums, cultural events, musical performances, and theater awaiting their exploration. The city also provides ample recreation opportunities in parks, forests and the area’s many lakes. Berlin offers unrivaled educational, intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. 


Around the University

The university campus is located in a charming and mostly residential section of former "West-Berlin." Traveling within the city, including the commute to and from the FUBiS campus, is an easy task thanks to Berlin's highly developed public transport system. The Berlin public transportation network combines subways, trains, bus, streetcars, and even passenger ferries on some of Berlin’s lakes.

On campus, the dining hall (Mensa), which is located in the vicinity of the FUBiS offices and classrooms, offers a wide selection of inexpensive food. Here, students can enjoy nutritious lunches, vegan/vegetarian, and at least one organic meal. In addition, salads, antipasti, bagels, cakes, rolls, and fast-food style meals are available at a reduced price for FUBiS students.

FUBiS participants may use the university's vast library system. The user-oriented library information system provides the literature for research, teaching, and studying. Free Internet access is available at all libraries. Also, FUBiS participants will have access to the Freie Universität Berlin on-campus computing facilities, including free-of-charge Internet access and access to on-campus printing facilities.



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Special Programs/Excursions


Included Excursions

Study visits to museums and memorials as well as to political and cultural institutions within Berlin are an integral part of all courses.

The following trips and activities are included in the Program Fee:

  • Guided Tour through the Reichstag Building and the Federal Parliament
  • River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin
  • Weekly 'Movietime' presenting popular and well-known German Movies
  • Further tours and workshops (will be announced in the specific term)


Additional Opportunities through FUBiS

In addition FUBiS offers field trips along the former Berlin Wall, to the Berlin Reichstag, or a riverboat tour through downtown Berlin as well as day and weekend excursions to Hamburg, Dresden, Weimar and other destinations. Many of these excursions are optional and therefore may carry an additional cost.


Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on once you're abroad. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


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Students choose from three housing options with varied costs including living with a host family, a fully furnished studio, or a single room in a shared apartment at a student dormitory.


Host Family

Most students who wish to enhance their German proficiency select a homestay as their housing option. Living with a local family in a single room and eating breakfast and one additional meal per day with them can add immeasurably to the experience. Homestays are typically located about 30 minutes from campus by bus or metro. More than apartment housing, a homestay almost guarantees linguistic and social immersion, providing students with unrivaled opportunities at improving their language and intercultural skills. Homestays provide the comforting presence of a family in the inevitable moments of homesickness without taking away from the independence and mobility that university students typically experience when living in dorms at their home universities.

Homestay placements are limited. If you want to live with a homestay family, early application is recommended.


Studio Apartments 

The apartments utilized by the FUBiS program are located about 30 minutes by bus and metro from where classes are held. This is not at all unusual, since German (and more generally, European) universities tend to be commuter-student institutions. The apartments are single-occupancy, each one with its own bathroom and fully equipped kitchen.



Off-campus housing is available on a first come, first serve basis. Depending on availability of the rooms students will either live in the Studentenwerk (20 minutes from campus by bus) or the Student Village (30 minutes from campus by bus or metro). Both are non-profit organizations providing affordable housing for students.

FUBiS accommodation is only available for the duration of the FUBiS programs. Students arriving prior to the program start or those who intend to stay longer should make their own individual arrangements.



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The FUBiS Orientation takes place on the first Sunday of the program (arrival is on Saturday) at Freie Universität Berlin. Students will receive their personal documents as well as an overview of the structure of the program and specific details regarding the activities and events of the upcoming weeks. The ceremony will be rounded off with a buffet and a first meeting of all classes with their instructors.



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Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  


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Freie Universität Berlin - International January and Summer Program Summer 2015 Term 2: Intensive German
Program Fees *TBD
Housing with MealsApprox. Term II $1200 / Term III $950 / Terms II-III $2100
Housing without MealsApprox. Term II $1000 / Term III $800 / Terms II-III $1800
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course Program Includes

Tuition and instruction
Course materials
Host university activity and insurance fees
Cultural excursions in Berlin
Welcome & Farewell dinners
24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
Pre-departure materials and travel gear
Comprehensive assistance
Personal program manager
Scholarship and financial aid assistance
Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer
HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
International Student Identity Card
Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional inclusions may vary by term or year. Please contact the program manager for more details.

The Additional Housing fee Includes

Homestay Option: a private room (most with shared bath) in a pre-screened home, two meals daily; linens and basic furnishings are provided.

Apartment Option: a furnished, single-occupancy studio apartment; this option is self-catered.

Dorm Option: a single room with shared communal spaces (bathroom, kitchen); linens and basic furnishings are provided.


*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level.

Required GPA: 2.80

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