Intensive German Language

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Intensive German Language

  • 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

    Summer 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    Late May, 2022 - Mid Jul, 2022

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 05, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 20, 2022

  • Credit

    180 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $6,995

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Study Abroad Program Description

The Intensive German Language program at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) offers a large range of intensive German language courses, accommodating students at all levels of German proficiency. You will take an intensive German language course, focusing on the skills of writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Courses are taught in 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.

Back to back sessions of this program are available. You may select both sessions when submitting your online application and will receive a discount from the combined price of the sessions. For more information about this option, please contact your Berlin Program Manager. 

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

You must have completed at least one year at a college or university at the time of participation.

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 Orientation

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

Credits

Contact Hours

180

ECTS Credits

9

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18

Academic Information

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 Selection

  • You will take one Intensive German Language course for the Summer 1 program.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Germany Program Manager.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in German language courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered 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.  
  • If you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, it is recommended that you prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Course Credit

  • All Intensive German language courses are worth 9 ECTS credits / 180 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. 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.

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.

Courses

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Freie Universität Berlin
International Students
True Beginning
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Beginning
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Low Intermediate
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Intermediate
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Advanced
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, Germany

BERLIN TEAM

Hedvika Tichá

Resident Director, Germany

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your 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. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

View all Funding Options

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 greener and quieter environment. The dorm offers private rooms with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and communal area. All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, and closet. There are shared bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens on each floor. The duvet, cushions, and bedding are provided. There is a communal room with a TV as well as credit card-operated laundry facilities on site. Free Wi-Fi is provided. The Student Village is located in the southwest of Berlin and is approximately 55 minutes from campus by public transportation.

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

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Beelitz-Heilstätten

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.

Potsdam * Optional

Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg, located about 24 km south-west from Berlin's city center. The city used to be the home of Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until the end of the First World War. Because of this, you can admire stunning palaces with marvelous gardens like the Sanssouci and the Cecilienhof palaces. In 1990, the palaces and parks of Potsdam earned the city a spot on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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.

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