Advanced German Language & Liberal Arts

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Advanced German Language & Liberal Arts

  • Location


  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

    Founded in West Berlin during the early Cold War period, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) was established when anti-communist students protested against having to attend Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, a university located in East Berlin and taught by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. After many student protests, FUB was established as a university for the "Free World" in West Berlin. Just about 30 minutes outside of Berlin's city center, ISA students will study on the university's Lankwitz campus. You can enjoy picking courses from a wide range of offerings instructed in English or German, and will take classes alongside ISA and other visiting international students.

  • Term

    Fall 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Aug 22, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    May 25, 2020

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 01, 2020

  • Credit

    255 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • Apply Now

Study Abroad Program Description

The ISA Advanced German Language & Liberal Arts program at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) offers a variety of German language and Liberal Arts courses taught in German. Popular subject areas include German Language, History, and Art History. Courses are taught in German by local and visiting faculty at FUB with other international students.

You are required to have a background of advanced German language in order to participate in this program. You will be required to complete a language placement exam prior to departure.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (7-8 quarters) of college-level German

You must have completed a minimum of two semesters at a four-year university at time of application. Cumulative GPA will be calculated from credit from four-year institutions only.

You must have C1 or C2 level of German language skills in order to apply.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours


ECTS Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

16 - 17

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

24 - 25

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • All courses are taught in German.
  • You are required to take 2 German Language courses and 3 subject courses per semester.
  • For the language component, depending on your German language level at the start of the program you will either take the course "German Advanced 2" or "Teaching German as a Foreign Language" during the first half of the semester, and "Academic Writing in German" during the second half.
  • You will take the following 3 subject courses, taught in German, throughout the entire semester:
  1. 1. Berlin, Theater Metropolis: Past and Present
  2. 2. Germany and the Arts - A Nation in Images
  3. 3. German, Germans, Germany - Identity(ies), History, Politics
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Germany Site Specialist.

Course Availability

  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 21 ECTS credits per semester.
  • All subject courses are worth 5 ECTS credits / 45 contact hours. "Advanced 2 German" and "Teaching German as a Foreign Language" are worth 3 ECTS credits / 66 contact hours. "Academic Writing in German" is worth 3 ECTS credits / 54 contact hours.
  • ISA makes U.S. credit recommendations based off of the course contact hours, however, transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university.  

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Freie Universität Berlin’s (FUB) course structure system. According to FUB’s administration, all subject courses are designed as upper division level undergraduate courses. For all language courses, ISA considers courses from Beginning to High Intermediate as lower division, and Advanced to High Advanced as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in German language courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered online and pre-program by Freie Universität Berlin. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university.  
  • Please note that there are no beginning level German language courses offered in this program.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Freie Universität Berlin will reflect ECTS Credits and Contact Hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Alyssa Segura

Program Manager, Germany


Hedvika Tichá

Resident Director, Germany

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the German lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor in Berlin. Uncovering the uniqueness of your Bezirke (district) and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most Berliners do, via U-Bahn and S-Bahn. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are the best option if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by the host university in Berlin in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide daily breakfast and dinner. A typical homestay includes a private bedroom with linen, a desk, and a place for clothing and personal items. Homestays cannot be guaranteed over winter break for academic-year students.


The dorm is best choice if you would like to be independent while living in a more student-centered environment. The dorm is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. The dorms are located about 30-40 minutes by public transportation from the university and about 30-40 minutes from Berlin's city center. The dorms offer single bedrooms with shared bathrooms, kitchens, and communal areas. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided. There is an on-site laundry room with card-operated washers and dryers. A 150 Euro security deposit must be paid upon move-in for students living in the dorm.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




The town of Beelitz is about an hour southwest of Berlin and is home to Beelitz-Heilstätten. In the early 1900s it served as a lung clinic and sanatorium with just 600 beds but quickly expanded to a 60-building facility. Like many hospitals in Europe, its halls have seen soldiers through the two World Wars and was appropriated by Soviet Army in 1945 to become the largest Soviet military hospital outside the Soviet Union. Since the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1994 the facility stood empty and has been popular with photographers and urban explorers. In 2015, the land has been developed to be more inviting to the public. When visiting students will be able to participate in a guided history tour and walk the treetop path that allows for visitors to look over the grounds and vast forest surrounding Beelitz-Heilstätten.


Dresden is the capital city of the federal state of Saxony, located near the Czech border on the River Elbe. This beautiful town is a cultural center known worldwide for its historic landmarks in the Baroque and Rococo Old Town. Dresden suffered immense damages during the Allied bombing in February 1945. However, thanks to the survivors' determination to move on and return the town its former glory, Dresden can enjoy its famous attribute of being the 'Florence of the Elbe' once again.


Due to its location in Eastern Germany, Leipzig has been a trade city since the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The city was once a major European center of learning and culture, and its varied Renaissance and Baroque architecture creates a beautiful style combination.Today, the city is considered to be one of the "most livable" in Germany. Enjoy learning the old and fascinating history while enjoying the local cafes, multitude of art, and deep music scene.


Prague is the capital and the largest city of the Czech Republic, situated on the banks of the beautiful the Vltava River. The city, referred to as the "city of a hundred spires", remained nearly untouched during WWII, leaving it to act as a living museum which possesses architectural preservation like no other place in the world. Since 1992, Prague has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lively city is full of famous theaters, fascinating opera houses, clean parks as well as other places offering numerous cultural experiences.

Week-Long FU-BEST Excursion

This week-long excursion gives you the opportunity to explore other areas of Europe outside of Berlin. Take your pick from one of the options offered- there are typically three different trips to choose from! Destinations vary each semester, but always include German cities, such as Munich or Hamburg, and European sites, like Copenhagen or Prague.

Cultural Activities in Berlin

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of [host city]. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Berlin special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included walking tours (city center, street art, a movie night in an artsy cinema, a guided tour of the Stasi prison, and visits to the Dome of Reichstag. and the Berliner Dome.