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

  • Program Dates

  • Program Length

  • Application Deadline

    Jan 01, 0001

  • Credit

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

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


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, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options


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.




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.


Explore the second largest city in Germany- Hamburg. Hamburg is the northern center for culture and entertainment in Germany, featuring more than 40 theaters, 60 museums, and 100 music venues and clubs. The city's port, Hamburg Harbour, makes Hamburg the second largest port town in the European Union. Due to ever-present channels, Hamburg has 2,300 bridges- more than Amsterdam and Venice combined! Don't forget to try the well-known local specialty while you're there- Bohnen und Birnen mit Speck (green beans cooked with pears and bacon)!


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.