About Exchange in Germany
Freie Universität Berlin is one of the leading and most prestigious research universities in Germany and continental Europe. It distinguishes itself through its modern, international character. Most of the university's facilities are located in the Dahlem district of southwest Berlin.
Helpful links and information are also available on the FU's Fact Sheet.
Housing & Meals
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 onward 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.
Read more about the exchange experience in the Germany Past Participant Final Report.
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
Faculty & Staff
Instruction is in German by German faculty at the Freie Universität Berlin.
About the Learning Abroad Center
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
- Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
- Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
- Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.