Intensive German Language

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive German Language

  • 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

    Summer 1 + 2 2021

  • Program Dates

    Late May, 2021 - Mid Aug, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 05, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 20, 2021

  • Credit

    300 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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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. 



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


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


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units



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Freie Universität Berlin - Summer 1
International Students
True Beginning
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Low Intermediate
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
9 ECTS Credits
Freie Universität Berlin - Summer 2
International Students
120 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
High Beginning
120 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
120 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
High Intermediate
120 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
120 Contact Hours
6 ECTS Credits
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.




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.


Travel just 20 miles north of Berlin to Oranienburg and you'll find the home of the former Nazi concentration camp, Sachsenhausen. Sachsenhausen was a concentration camp designed by the Nazis primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to 1945. Around 30,000 - 35,000 victims perished inside the camp grounds of Sachsenhausen. Spend the day touring around the camp grounds, memorials, and museums while learning the terrible and tragic history of the camp.

Dresden * Optional

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.

Leipzig * Optional

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.

Lübeck * Optional

Lübeck lies on the River Trave in northern Germany, acting as one of Germany's major port cities. Once there, you will visit the famous Buddenbrook House, take a city bus tour, and then cruise around the city on a boat tour.

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.