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General Questions of Prospective Students

Language requirements

German skills on a high level are an essential precondition for studying at our department as most of the courses of our bachelor’s program as well as of our master’s programs are taught in German. For detailed information on required German language skills for studying and applying at Freie Universität Berlin please click here.

Further useful information on German skills are offered on the homepage Study in Germany by the DAAD.

The bachelor’s program Media and Communication Studies requires English language skills on level B1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

The master’s programs Media and Political Communication as well as Media and Communication Studies require English language skills on level B2 GER (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Proof of these language skills must be provided as part of the application. For detailed information on proof certificates and equivalencies, please click here.


Freie Universität Berlin's Language Center offers pre-semester and summer classes for advanced students. It also has an Center for Independent Language Learning, which is a useful resource. To prepare for the TestDaF or for the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) German classes can be taken at the Goethe-Institut, at private language schools in Germany, or in the prospective student's home country. Further useful information on German skills are offered on the homepage The German language.

Several further education institutions in Berlin offer German language courses. Please check the following website of the Berlin Adult Education Center ("Volkshochschule"), which has branches in every Berlin district and offers a wide range of courses besides languages.

German courses can also be downloaded at:

Further questions of prospective students

The application documents can be submitted in German or English. Documents in other languages must be handed in as notarized German or English translations.

Further information:

Official certifications (pdf-file; German / English).

Freie Universität Berlin offers a lot of information for international prospective students on its websites Studying at Freie Universität and Freie Universität Berlin - the International Network University.

Further useful information can be found on the homepages of the studierendenWERK BERLIN and of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk) as well as on the homepage Study in Germany by the DAAD. The Higher Education Compass provides extensive information on Germany's higher education institutions.

Freie Universität Berlin does not charge tuition fees for undergraduate programs. Instead, the university charges “semester fees and contributions”.

Course-specific questions regarding the bachelor's program "Media and Communication Studies" will be answered here. Course-specific questions regarding our master's programs "Media and Political Communication" as well as "Media and Communication Studies" will be answered here.

Further general questions which are relevant for all prospective students of FU Berlin are answered by the central admissions office in the FAQs for BA applicants and for MA applicants.