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Before Studying in Berlin

Online Pre-departure Preparation

After students have been nominated for an exchange program by one of our partner universities, foreign students will receive information from the International Students Office. The Distributed Campus Platform, a multi-media online platform, provides additional information on the German university system, student life in Berlin, and an online German language class on topical information.

Arriving in Berlin and at Freie Universität Berlin

Useful information is provided by the International Students Office on formal prerequisites and conditions for studying in Berlin, information regarding health insurance, residence permits, visas for study purposes etc. on the following service pages.

Enrollment / Registration

Normally the enrollment period for the winter semester ends at the end of September/beginning of October, for the summer semester registration is possible until the end of March/beginning of April. It is beneficial to provide all necessary documents as soon as possible after nomination. As soon as all documents are approved students will receive a preliminary enrollment which is a requirement to get the student ID (for cafeteria and public transportation), IT-account (for all FU Berlin IT services and computers) and campus management account (for course registrations) in time. Detailed information concerning the required documents for enrollment can be found here: Registration at Freie Universität Berlin.

German Language

Please note that most of the courses in the bachelor’s program are normally held in German. Some graduate courses in the master’s program are taught in English each semester. Only shortly before your arrival detailed information and course descriptions will be published online in the Lecture and Course Catalog (start of the semester).

Scholarships and Funding

DAAD, Fulbright, and Erasmus Mundus are examples of organizations and programs that offer individual scholarships and grants for students who study abroad for one or two semesters.

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