German Language & European Studies

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    German Language & European Studies

  • Location

    Berlin

  • 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

    Academic Year 1 2021

  • Program Dates

    Late Aug, 2021 - Late May, 2022

  • Program Length

    Academic Year

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 01, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 15, 2021

  • Credit

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Study Abroad Program Description

The German Language & European Studies program at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) offers a great variety of courses in German and European Studies. Popular subject areas include German Language, European Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Art History. Courses are taught in English and German by local and visiting faculty at FUB with other international students.

You are not required to have a background in German language in order to participate in this program. You will be required to complete a language placement exam prior to departure if taking a German language course and have a background in German language.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

For semester and academic-year programs, 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.

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

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Alyssa Segura

Program Manager, Germany

BERLIN TEAM

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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Housing

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.

Homestay

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.

Dorm

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.

Excursions

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