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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: 4 semesters of German (or equivalent) Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: German Language Courses Offered: No
Housing: Student Arranged Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right For You?

This direct enrollment program is for students who can listen, speak, read, and write in German well enough to take classes for an academic year with German students at Freie Universität Berlin (FU).  Study abroad students will follow the regular FU calendar and are considered for the Direct Exchange Program through AU Abroad.

Freie Universität Berlin was founded on December 4, 1948, by students, scholars, and scientists with the support of the American allied forces and politicians in Berlin. The move was sparked by the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at the former Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. Students and academics wanted to be free to pursue their learning, teaching, and research activities at Freie Universität, without being subject to political influence.  Now Freie Universität is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three central institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.


Direct Exchange Program students must take classes for an academic year following the FU academic calendar.  Students can take courses across diciplines. A list of academic departments can be found on the FU Academic Departments page.  Lectures and course catalogs can be found on the FU Course Catalog page.  Module descriptions can be found in the Modules and Courses section, credit breakdowns can be found under Credits under the ECTS, and a description and example of the grading scales can be found in the Grades section.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Students are required to pay a Semesterticket for student public transportation and a social fee.


There are DAAD Scholarships for undergraduate study in Germany, as well as a Mobility Award that AU Abroad offers up to $2500 per semester.


FU offers several different kinds of housing through their Accomodation Service or students can organize their own accomodation.  Housing is paid directly to the party involved in the accommodation and not through AU Abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/26/2017
Varies by program 04/01/2018 07/21/2018
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
Varies by program 10/15/2018 07/13/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Spring 2019 10/12/2018 ** Varies by program 04/03/2019 07/13/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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