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
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.