Study at Freie Universität Berlin, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, and experience the progressive cultural capital of Germany's largest city.
|Term||Academic Year, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||Preference given to students with a German language background|
Freie Universität Berlin is one of the leading and most prestigious research universities in Germany and continental Europe. It distinguishes itself through its modern and international character. Most of the university's facilities are located in the Dahlem district of southwest Berlin.
Freie Universität website. University of Minnesota students are considered "Direct Exchange" students.
You can either organize your own private accommodation (such as shared student apartments) or use the university’s housing service, ERG. The housing service offers a variety of accommodation options, including dorms (Schlactensee), shared flats and fully furnished single apartments. All housing options are available from the beginning of September or October onwards and cost about 250 – 350 € per month.
Read more about Accommodation on the Freie Universität website.
Freie Universität is located in the capital city of Berlin and provides easy access to all the city has to offer. Previous exchange students have traveled throughout Germany and Europe during their year abroad.
Students having participated in a bilateral exchange program will:
Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program and foster second language acquisition whenever possible
Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity; added benefit of reciprocity to foster mutual respect and understanding
Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives
Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about their host culture, their own culture, and how their culture is viewed by others
Identify and communicate how your experience abroad has impacted you personally, academically, and professionally
Instruction is in German by German faculty at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Upper and lower division coursework available.|
Students are required to maintain a minimum of 13 credits (20 ECTS credits) per semester.
You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.
Freie Universität offers a broad variety of undergraduate programs. The Course Catalog has full course listings. Available courses for a specific term are listed approximately three months prior to the start of the term. although you can look at the course catalog at any time to get an idea of what is typically offered. While the majority of courses taught at FU are in Greman, students can take courses in English at the JFK Institute for North American Studies.
Freie Universität is on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits at Freie Universität are transferred from ECTS to U.S. credits at a scale of 1 ECTS = .66 U.S. semester credits, 2 ECTS = 1.3 US semester credits, and so on.
Special note to German majors / minors: Students wishing to apply coursework taken in Berlin to a German major or minor must take coursework in German. Courses taught in English are not eligible for German major / minor credit.
A six-week intensive preparatory German language course is offered before the beginning of the academic year and Spring semester. This course carries academic credit and incurs an additional fee.
German language courses offered during the semester are included in the program fee. If you want to take a semester German language course, you will take a placement test during orientation if you have not taken the preparatory course.
This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
Program start and end dates may vary slightly as each academic department holds exams on a different timetable. Exact arrival dates will be given to students upon admission.
Spaces on Exchange programs are limited, students are encouraged to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year 2020/21||Late September - Late July (exact dates TBD)||Apr 1, 2020|
|Spring 2020||Late March - Late July (exact dates TBD)||Oct 1, 2019|
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Exchange costs may vary from year to year and are subject to change.
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Program Dates for term options|
|Program Name||Exchange in Germany|
|Track Name||Freie Universität Berlin|
Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Exchange programs can be competitive. We are not always able to place all applicants. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements.
Nominated students will be required to complete Freie University's application. Freie Universität Berlin will make the final acceptance decision. More information about this process will be sent to the nominated students.
If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into to the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.