</iframe> FU-BEST Program, Freie Universität Berlin from Dirk Verheyen on Vimeo. Why Berlin? Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. As Germany‘s capital and cultural metropolis, it attracts people from around the world. A vibrant and constantly changing city, it is a center of cultural, political, and economic life. Berlin has an eventful history – from its founding in the 13th century to seeing two World Wars, the Cold War, and the fall of the Wall. For most of the second half of the 20th century, Berlin was the fulcrum of a divided Europe. Following German reunification in 1990, Berlin has been experiencing a period of con- stant change ever since, and it has developed into a truly international city. Berlin has a unique cultural profile within Germany and is known for its out- standing museums, opera houses, theaters, and concert halls. Being thus well- known for its established culture, Germany’s capital also boasts an unparalleled festival, club, music, and nightlife scene. Berlin’s most famous sights may be the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag parliament building, but the city’s creative and lively urban atmosphere also relies on numerous galleries, cafes, vintage shops, and flea markets. Each February, Berlin’s Inter- national Film Festival, the Berlinale, draws film stars and cinema enthusiasts. The city is also a center for world-class sports, and the Berlin Marathon is a popular event.    Learn more about Berlin and Germany by clicking here and following the links on the page. The Campus Freie Universitat Berlin is ranked nationally and internationally among the top research universities in Germany. The FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) Program is located on the Lankwitz section of the campus of Freie Universität Berlin. This relatively small and cosy campus area is host to various university programs and departments and also features a full-sized cafeteria (Mensa), a large café area, a sports facility and open recreation space. The facilities assigned to FU-BEST encompass offices, classrooms, lounge spaces, and a computer lab area solely for program participants. The campus features wireless internet access and is well-connected by means of public transportation to nearby shopping areas and the larger city beyond. The campus is located in the charming and mostly residential southwestern section of Berlin. Using Berlin's excellent public transportation system, it is within easy reach of the city's downtown areas. Freie Universität Berlin, a German leader in international education, will be your host. You will have full access to its facilities and will have the opportunity to get to know and interact with its students. The university is located in a charming, quiet section of the city, yet within easy reach of the city's downtown areas. You will have the option of living with a host-family or in a single-occupancy, fully furnished studio apartment.Click here to view the Student Guide. Back to the Top Academics An academic calendar consisting of two regular American-style Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-April) semesters (for specific semester schedules, click here), followed by the possibility of enrollment in the FU's Sommersemester (April-July) for students with German language skills at the upper-intermediate or advanced level. Sommersemester enrollment is an option only after completion of at least one regular FU-BEST semester (fall or spring) and passing a language qualification test. Participants can thus enroll in one, two or three semesters. FU-BEST participants from institutions with direct-exchange agreements with Freie Universität Berlin who are interested in the Sommersemester option should consult with FU-BEST staff regarding any special regulations that may be applicable to their enrollment. Mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters (6-8 credit hours for intensive instruction at all levels and 3-4 credit hours for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment. A menu of non-language courses (3 credit hours) taught mostly in English, covering such topics and disciplines as: Art History Architecture Business Comparative Literature Cultural Studies Environmental studies Film Studies German History German and European Politics Legal Studies Music History Philosophy. Psychology Sociology The European Union Transatlantic Relations   Additional programs: GermanPLUS+ GermanPLUS+ is a package consisting of two advanced language courses and three subject courses on literature, culture, politics, and history, all taught in German. Language prerequisites: German Advanced 1 or Advanced 2 Dates: Offered during Fall and Spring semester Internships  FU-BEST Internship offers an 8-week internship placement that allows you to gain valuable intercultural experience by immersing youseld in a German workplace. Students participate full time at their internship, and gain 10 ECTS credits for the semester. There is a required internship seminar that meets for 2 hours per week. German language skills are recommended but not required.   In addition, FU-Best also offers: Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible. A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester). Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester. Back to the Top Housing The FU-BEST program offers three housing options: (As of June 2017, housing cost for the homestay and studio apartment options is 2,800 Euros per semester, paid directly to FU-BEST. Independent housing cost is arranged on a case-by-case basis.) Homestay (incl. breakfast and dinner) Spending a semester or even a full academic year abroad is bound to be an adventurous journey into a new and unfamiliar cultural and social environment, with or without a homestay. Yet a homestay can add immeasurably to the experience. More than apartment housing, it almost guarantees linguistic and social immersion, providing you with unrivalled opportunities at improving your language and intercultural skills. Fully furnished, single-occupancy studio apartment The apartments utilized by the FU-BEST program are located about 30-45 minutes by bus and metro from the program site. This is not at all unusual, since German (and more generally, European) universities tend to be commuter-student institutions. The apartments are single-occupancy studio apartments, each one with one living room/bedroom, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Independently arranged housing If you wish to opt out of the two housing choices provided through the program, you may do so, but please note the following. Clearly mark the fact that you are “opting out” on the housing page of the application form. After the application deadline has passed (October 15 or April 1, depending on the semester for which you are applying), it is no longer possible to reverse your “opting out”: in other words, you have then firmly committed yourself to setting up your own housing in Berlin, with the program exempt from any responsibility in this regard.   Back to the Top Student Services FU-Best Contact:   Dr. Dirk Verheyen Academic Director Freie Universität Berlin European Studies (FU-BEST) Telephone: +49 - (0)30 - 83 85 65 82 Email: fubest[at]fu-berlin.de Dr. Kristina Rödder   Academic Director Freie Universität Berlin European Studies (FU-BEST) Telephone: +49 - (0)30 - 83 85 75 87 Email: fubest[at]fu-berlin.de Student Life Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible. A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester). Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester. Back to the Top How to Apply Applying to study abroad is a two-step process.  Before applying to the host institution abroad, you must first complete the necessary application procedures to Pace University. Click here to review the Step by Step Guide to Study Abroad. Application Procedures for Pace Study Abroad: Attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session  Create an account to begin the study abroad application process. Students can only apply to one program. Check to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements of the program and that you submit your application in advance of the program deadline. Complete the required materials and questionnaires required for your application.  Note that the requirements will vary depending on your selected program. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure you meet the academic requirements needed in order to study abroad. In addition to asking the following questions, you may want to bring the names and descriptions of course you are interested in taking at your host institution: Schedule an appointment with a Pace Study Abroad Advisor. Download and complete the course approval form. You must complete the course approval form by the Pace application deadline Pace University Application Deadlines: Academic Year and Fall: February 15 Spring: September 15 Summer: March 15 Application Procedures for FU-BEST:  Complete the FU-BEST Application Form and return it to Pace Study Abroad in advance of the deadline listed below. Be sure to include all components noted in the application checklist on Page 2.  For Summer, complete the FUBiS application form for either Term II or Term III and return it to Pace Study Abroad in advance of the deadline listed below. FU-BEST Application Deadlines: Fall: April 1 Spring: November 1 Summer Term II: May 7 Summer Term III: June 25 Note:  Course registration takes place on a first come, first served basis.  The earlier your application is submitted the greater the likelihood you will be enrolled in your top choice courses. Back to the Top Program Cost Fall/Spring: The following policies are effective with AY 2016-17. Students are responsible for: Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account.  Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution. Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $10,000 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad - note portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to two semesters.  Pace tuition remission does not apply. Summer: The following policies are effective with Summer 2016 programs. Students are responsible for: Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account.  Program fees (Tuition and Fees, Room) are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution. Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. FUBiS Summer Term II (6 weeks) June 4 - July 16, 2016 Program Fee: € 250 Early registration discount: - € 50 (until April 23, 2016) Semi-Intensive German Language Class: € 1,350 Intensive German Language Class: € 2,025 Subject Class:  € 1,350 Insurance Package: € 65 Personal liability and accident insurance*: € 20 Excursions (optional): click here for itinerary and cost breakdown Registration deadline: May 7th FUBiS Summer Term II (4 weeks) July 23 - Aug 20, 2016 Program Fee: € 250 Early registration discount: - € 50 (until June 11, 2016) Semi-Intensive German Language Class: € 900 Intensive German Language Class:  € 1,350 Subject Class:  € 900 Insurance Package: € 45 Personal liability and accident insurance*: € 15 Excursions (optional): click here for itinerary and cost breakdown Registration deadline: June 25th *Liability insurance: Please note that damage to immovable property is subject to a deductible of 250 € per claim. Program Fee A non-refundable program fee applies in addition to the tuition. The program fee is due along with the tuition one week after registration at the latest. The program fee includes the following services: Official FUBiS transcript (sealed copy will be sent directly to the students home address) Guided Tour through the Reichstag Building and the Federal Parliament - more information River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin (only offered in Summer) - more information Weekly Movietime presenting popular and well-known German Movies Student ID (reduced prices for meals at the dining hall of the Freie Universität, student tickets for sights, museums etc.) Access to libraries and computing (incl. internet/wifi) and printing facilities on the campus Welcome and farewell buffet Tuition Fee The Tuition Fee includes, in addition to the class, the course-related field work and the course reading material (reader).   Back to the Top Insurance All participating students are registered for Pace’s emergency Travel Assistance/Health Insurance policy through ACE American Insurance/AXA Assistance USA.  There is no additional charge.   As of Spring 2018, every FU-BEST participant will automatically be enrolled in a combined German health/accident/liability insurance policy. As of Fall 2017, the premium is 180 Euros for the entire semester. Inasmuch as pre-existing conditions, time abroad outside the formal semester, and (most likely) mental health issues would not be covered under the FU-BEST policy, students may wish to keep their U.S. insurance in place at the same time. For further information, please click here. Back to the Top Visa Students who are citizens of European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, or the USA do not need a visa in order to enter Germany. Upon arrival in Berlin, citizens from these countries (except EU and EEA) must apply for a residence permit.  Please remember that any student who will need a visa to enter Germany should be sure to go online and book an appointment at the nearest German Consulate as soon as possible. He/she should reserve that appointment, which should be timed preferably by mid-November (for Spring applicants) or mid-April (for Fall applicants), well before receiving our admission materials. German Consulates tend to get overbooked, so students should book their appointments in timely fashion, so that they can be sure to have one as soon as possible after they receive our admission letter. Click here for visa-relevant information.     Back to the Top "> </iframe> FU-BEST Program, Freie Universität Berlin from Dirk Verheyen on Vimeo. Why Berlin? Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. As Germany‘s capital and cultural metropolis, it attracts people from around the world. A vibrant and constantly changing city, it is a center of cultural, political, and economic life. Berlin has an eventful history – from its founding in the 13th century to seeing two World Wars, the Cold War, and the fall of the Wall. For most of the second half of the 20th century, Berlin was the fulcrum of a divided Europe. Following German reunification in 1990, Berlin has been experiencing a period of con- stant change ever since, and it has developed into a truly international city. Berlin has a unique cultural profile within Germany and is known for its out- standing museums, opera houses, theaters, and concert halls. Being thus well- known for its established culture, Germany’s capital also boasts an unparalleled festival, club, music, and nightlife scene. Berlin’s most famous sights may be the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag parliament building, but the city’s creative and lively urban atmosphere also relies on numerous galleries, cafes, vintage shops, and flea markets. Each February, Berlin’s Inter- national Film Festival, the Berlinale, draws film stars and cinema enthusiasts. The city is also a center for world-class sports, and the Berlin Marathon is a popular event.    Learn more about Berlin and Germany by clicking here and following the links on the page. The Campus Freie Universitat Berlin is ranked nationally and internationally among the top research universities in Germany. The FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) Program is located on the Lankwitz section of the campus of Freie Universität Berlin. This relatively small and cosy campus area is host to various university programs and departments and also features a full-sized cafeteria (Mensa), a large café area, a sports facility and open recreation space. The facilities assigned to FU-BEST encompass offices, classrooms, lounge spaces, and a computer lab area solely for program participants. The campus features wireless internet access and is well-connected by means of public transportation to nearby shopping areas and the larger city beyond. The campus is located in the charming and mostly residential southwestern section of Berlin. Using Berlin's excellent public transportation system, it is within easy reach of the city's downtown areas. Freie Universität Berlin, a German leader in international education, will be your host. You will have full access to its facilities and will have the opportunity to get to know and interact with its students. The university is located in a charming, quiet section of the city, yet within easy reach of the city's downtown areas. You will have the option of living with a host-family or in a single-occupancy, fully furnished studio apartment.Click here to view the Student Guide. Back to the Top Academics An academic calendar consisting of two regular American-style Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-April) semesters (for specific semester schedules, click here), followed by the possibility of enrollment in the FU's Sommersemester (April-July) for students with German language skills at the upper-intermediate or advanced level. Sommersemester enrollment is an option only after completion of at least one regular FU-BEST semester (fall or spring) and passing a language qualification test. Participants can thus enroll in one, two or three semesters. FU-BEST participants from institutions with direct-exchange agreements with Freie Universität Berlin who are interested in the Sommersemester option should consult with FU-BEST staff regarding any special regulations that may be applicable to their enrollment. Mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters (6-8 credit hours for intensive instruction at all levels and 3-4 credit hours for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment. A menu of non-language courses (3 credit hours) taught mostly in English, covering such topics and disciplines as: Art History Architecture Business Comparative Literature Cultural Studies Environmental studies Film Studies German History German and European Politics Legal Studies Music History Philosophy. Psychology Sociology The European Union Transatlantic Relations   Additional programs: GermanPLUS+ GermanPLUS+ is a package consisting of two advanced language courses and three subject courses on literature, culture, politics, and history, all taught in German. Language prerequisites: German Advanced 1 or Advanced 2 Dates: Offered during Fall and Spring semester Internships  FU-BEST Internship offers an 8-week internship placement that allows you to gain valuable intercultural experience by immersing youseld in a German workplace. Students participate full time at their internship, and gain 10 ECTS credits for the semester. There is a required internship seminar that meets for 2 hours per week. German language skills are recommended but not required.   In addition, FU-Best also offers: Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible. A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester). Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester. Back to the Top Housing The FU-BEST program offers three housing options: (As of June 2017, housing cost for the homestay and studio apartment options is 2,800 Euros per semester, paid directly to FU-BEST. Independent housing cost is arranged on a case-by-case basis.) Homestay (incl. breakfast and dinner) Spending a semester or even a full academic year abroad is bound to be an adventurous journey into a new and unfamiliar cultural and social environment, with or without a homestay. Yet a homestay can add immeasurably to the experience. More than apartment housing, it almost guarantees linguistic and social immersion, providing you with unrivalled opportunities at improving your language and intercultural skills. Fully furnished, single-occupancy studio apartment The apartments utilized by the FU-BEST program are located about 30-45 minutes by bus and metro from the program site. This is not at all unusual, since German (and more generally, European) universities tend to be commuter-student institutions. The apartments are single-occupancy studio apartments, each one with one living room/bedroom, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Independently arranged housing If you wish to opt out of the two housing choices provided through the program, you may do so, but please note the following. Clearly mark the fact that you are “opting out” on the housing page of the application form. After the application deadline has passed (October 15 or April 1, depending on the semester for which you are applying), it is no longer possible to reverse your “opting out”: in other words, you have then firmly committed yourself to setting up your own housing in Berlin, with the program exempt from any responsibility in this regard.   Back to the Top Student Services FU-Best Contact:   Dr. Dirk Verheyen Academic Director Freie Universität Berlin European Studies (FU-BEST) Telephone: +49 - (0)30 - 83 85 65 82 Email: fubest[at]fu-berlin.de Dr. Kristina Rödder   Academic Director Freie Universität Berlin European Studies (FU-BEST) Telephone: +49 - (0)30 - 83 85 75 87 Email: fubest[at]fu-berlin.de Student Life Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible. A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester). Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester. Back to the Top How to Apply Applying to study abroad is a two-step process.  Before applying to the host institution abroad, you must first complete the necessary application procedures to Pace University. Click here to review the Step by Step Guide to Study Abroad. Application Procedures for Pace Study Abroad: Attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session  Create an account to begin the study abroad application process. Students can only apply to one program. Check to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements of the program and that you submit your application in advance of the program deadline. Complete the required materials and questionnaires required for your application.  Note that the requirements will vary depending on your selected program. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure you meet the academic requirements needed in order to study abroad. In addition to asking the following questions, you may want to bring the names and descriptions of course you are interested in taking at your host institution: Schedule an appointment with a Pace Study Abroad Advisor. Download and complete the course approval form. You must complete the course approval form by the Pace application deadline Pace University Application Deadlines: Academic Year and Fall: February 15 Spring: September 15 Summer: March 15 Application Procedures for FU-BEST:  Complete the FU-BEST Application Form and return it to Pace Study Abroad in advance of the deadline listed below. Be sure to include all components noted in the application checklist on Page 2.  For Summer, complete the FUBiS application form for either Term II or Term III and return it to Pace Study Abroad in advance of the deadline listed below. FU-BEST Application Deadlines: Fall: April 1 Spring: November 1 Summer Term II: May 7 Summer Term III: June 25 Note:  Course registration takes place on a first come, first served basis.  The earlier your application is submitted the greater the likelihood you will be enrolled in your top choice courses. Back to the Top Program Cost Fall/Spring: The following policies are effective with AY 2016-17. Students are responsible for: Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account.  Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution. Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $10,000 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad - note portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to two semesters.  Pace tuition remission does not apply. Summer: The following policies are effective with Summer 2016 programs. Students are responsible for: Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account.  Program fees (Tuition and Fees, Room) are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution. Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. FUBiS Summer Term II (6 weeks) June 4 - July 16, 2016 Program Fee: € 250 Early registration discount: - € 50 (until April 23, 2016) Semi-Intensive German Language Class: € 1,350 Intensive German Language Class: € 2,025 Subject Class:  € 1,350 Insurance Package: € 65 Personal liability and accident insurance*: € 20 Excursions (optional): click here for itinerary and cost breakdown Registration deadline: May 7th FUBiS Summer Term II (4 weeks) July 23 - Aug 20, 2016 Program Fee: € 250 Early registration discount: - € 50 (until June 11, 2016) Semi-Intensive German Language Class: € 900 Intensive German Language Class:  € 1,350 Subject Class:  € 900 Insurance Package: € 45 Personal liability and accident insurance*: € 15 Excursions (optional): click here for itinerary and cost breakdown Registration deadline: June 25th *Liability insurance: Please note that damage to immovable property is subject to a deductible of 250 € per claim. Program Fee A non-refundable program fee applies in addition to the tuition. The program fee is due along with the tuition one week after registration at the latest. The program fee includes the following services: Official FUBiS transcript (sealed copy will be sent directly to the students home address) Guided Tour through the Reichstag Building and the Federal Parliament - more information River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin (only offered in Summer) - more information Weekly Movietime presenting popular and well-known German Movies Student ID (reduced prices for meals at the dining hall of the Freie Universität, student tickets for sights, museums etc.) Access to libraries and computing (incl. internet/wifi) and printing facilities on the campus Welcome and farewell buffet Tuition Fee The Tuition Fee includes, in addition to the class, the course-related field work and the course reading material (reader).   Back to the Top Insurance All participating students are registered for Pace’s emergency Travel Assistance/Health Insurance policy through ACE American Insurance/AXA Assistance USA.  There is no additional charge.   As of Spring 2018, every FU-BEST participant will automatically be enrolled in a combined German health/accident/liability insurance policy. As of Fall 2017, the premium is 180 Euros for the entire semester. Inasmuch as pre-existing conditions, time abroad outside the formal semester, and (most likely) mental health issues would not be covered under the FU-BEST policy, students may wish to keep their U.S. insurance in place at the same time. For further information, please click here. Back to the Top Visa Students who are citizens of European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, or the USA do not need a visa in order to enter Germany. Upon arrival in Berlin, citizens from these countries (except EU and EEA) must apply for a residence permit.  Please remember that any student who will need a visa to enter Germany should be sure to go online and book an appointment at the nearest German Consulate as soon as possible. He/she should reserve that appointment, which should be timed preferably by mid-November (for Spring applicants) or mid-April (for Fall applicants), well before receiving our admission materials. German Consulates tend to get overbooked, so students should book their appointments in timely fashion, so that they can be sure to have one as soon as possible after they receive our admission letter. Click here for visa-relevant information.     Back to the Top "/> Skip to content

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Why Berlin?

Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe. As Germany‘s capital and cultural metropolis, it attracts people from around the world. A vibrant and constantly changing city, it is a center of cultural, political, and economic life. Berlin has an eventful history – from its founding in the 13th century to seeing two World Wars, the Cold War, and the fall of the Wall. For most of the second half of the 20th century, Berlin was the fulcrum of a divided Europe. Following German reunification in 1990, Berlin has been experiencing a period of con- stant change ever since, and it has developed into a truly international city.
Berlin has a unique cultural profile within Germany and is known for its out- standing museums, opera houses, theaters, and concert halls. Being thus well- known for its established culture, Germany’s capital also boasts an unparalleled festival, club, music, and nightlife scene. Berlin’s most famous sights may be the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag parliament building, but the city’s creative and lively urban atmosphere also relies on numerous galleries, cafes, vintage shops, and flea markets. Each February, Berlin’s Inter- national Film Festival, the Berlinale, draws film stars and cinema enthusiasts. The city is also a center for world-class sports, and the Berlin Marathon is a popular event. 
 
Learn more about Berlin and Germany by clicking here and following the links on the page.

The Campus

Freie Universitat Berlin is ranked nationally and internationally among the top research universities in Germany. The FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) Program is located on the Lankwitz section of the campus of Freie Universität Berlin. This relatively small and cosy campus area is host to various university programs and departments and also features a full-sized cafeteria (Mensa), a large café area, a sports facility and open recreation space. The facilities assigned to FU-BEST encompass offices, classrooms, lounge spaces, and a computer lab area solely for program participants. The campus features wireless internet access and is well-connected by means of public transportation to nearby shopping areas and the larger city beyond. The campus is located in the charming and mostly residential southwestern section of Berlin. Using Berlin's excellent public transportation system, it is within easy reach of the city's downtown areas.


Freie Universität Berlin, a German leader in international education, will be your host. You will have full access to its facilities and will have the opportunity to get to know and interact with its students. The university is located in a charming, quiet section of the city, yet within easy reach of the city's downtown areas. You will have the option of living with a host-family or in a single-occupancy, fully furnished studio apartment.Click here to view the Student Guide.
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Academics

An academic calendar consisting of two regular American-style Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-April) semesters (for specific semester schedules, click here), followed by the possibility of enrollment in the FU's Sommersemester (April-July) for students with German language skills at the upper-intermediate or advanced level. Sommersemester enrollment is an option only after completion of at least one regular FU-BEST semester (fall or spring) and passing a language qualification test. Participants can thus enroll in one, two or three semesters. FU-BEST participants from institutions with direct-exchange agreements with Freie Universität Berlin who are interested in the Sommersemester option should consult with FU-BEST staff regarding any special regulations that may be applicable to their enrollment.
Mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters (6-8 credit hours for intensive instruction at all levels and 3-4 credit hours for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment.

A menu of non-language courses (3 credit hours) taught mostly in English, covering such topics and disciplines as:
  • Art History
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Film Studies
  • German History
  • German and European Politics
  • Legal Studies
  • Music History
  • Philosophy.
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • The European Union
  • Transatlantic Relations
     
Additional programs:
GermanPLUS+
GermanPLUS+ is a package consisting of two advanced language courses and three subject courses on literature, culture, politics, and history, all taught in German.
Language prerequisites: German Advanced 1 or Advanced 2
Dates: Offered during Fall and Spring semester

Internships 
FU-BEST Internship offers an 8-week internship placement that allows you to gain valuable intercultural experience by immersing youseld in a German workplace.
Students participate full time at their internship, and gain 10 ECTS credits for the semester. There is a required internship seminar that meets for 2 hours per week. German language skills are recommended but not required.
 
In addition, FU-Best also offers:
  • Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible.
  • A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester).
  • Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester.
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Housing

The FU-BEST program offers three housing options:
(As of June 2017, housing cost for the homestay and studio apartment options is 2,800 Euros per semester, paid directly to FU-BEST. Independent housing cost is arranged on a case-by-case basis.)
    • Spending a semester or even a full academic year abroad is bound to be an adventurous journey into a new and unfamiliar cultural and social environment, with or without a homestay. Yet a homestay can add immeasurably to the experience. More than apartment housing, it almost guarantees linguistic and social immersion, providing you with unrivalled opportunities at improving your language and intercultural skills.
    • The apartments utilized by the FU-BEST program are located about 30-45 minutes by bus and metro from the program site. This is not at all unusual, since German (and more generally, European) universities tend to be commuter-student institutions. The apartments are single-occupancy studio apartments, each one with one living room/bedroom, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.
    • If you wish to opt out of the two housing choices provided through the program, you may do so, but please note the following. Clearly mark the fact that you are “opting out” on the housing page of the application form. After the application deadline has passed (October 15 or April 1, depending on the semester for which you are applying), it is no longer possible to reverse your “opting out”: in other words, you have then firmly committed yourself to setting up your own housing in Berlin, with the program exempt from any responsibility in this regard.
       
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Student Services

FU-Best Contact:
 
Dr. Dirk Verheyen

Academic Director
Freie Universität Berlin
European Studies (FU-BEST)
Telephone: +49 - (0)30 - 83 85 65 82
Email: fubest[at]fu-berlin.de
Dr. Kristina Rödder
 
Academic Director
Freie Universität Berlin
European Studies (FU-BEST)
Telephone: +49 - (0)30 - 83 85 75 87
Email: fubest[at]fu-berlin.de
Student Life
  • Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible.
  • A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester).
  • Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester.
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How to Apply

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process.  Before applying to the host institution abroad, you must first complete the necessary application procedures to Pace University. Click here to review the Step by Step Guide to Study Abroad.

Application Procedures for Pace Study Abroad:
  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session 
  • Create an account to begin the study abroad application process. Students can only apply to one program. Check to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements of the program and that you submit your application in advance of the program deadline. Complete the required materials and questionnaires required for your application.  Note that the requirements will vary depending on your selected program.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to ensure you meet the academic requirements needed in order to study abroad. In addition to asking the following questions, you may want to bring the names and descriptions of course you are interested in taking at your host institution:
  • Schedule an appointment with a Pace Study Abroad Advisor.
  • Download and complete the course approval form. You must complete the course approval form by the Pace application deadline
Pace University Application Deadlines:
Academic Year and Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15

Summer: March 15

Application Procedures for FU-BEST: 
  • Complete the FU-BEST Application Form and return it to Pace Study Abroad in advance of the deadline listed below.
    Be sure to include all components noted in the application checklist on Page 2. 
  • For Summer, complete the FUBiS application form for either Term II or Term III and return it to Pace Study Abroad in advance of the deadline listed below.

FU-BEST Application Deadlines:
Fall: April 1
Spring: November 1
Summer Term II: May 7
Summer Term III: June 25

Note:  Course registration takes place on a first come, first served basis.  The earlier your application is submitted the greater the likelihood you will be enrolled in your top choice courses.
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Program Cost

Fall/Spring:
The following policies are effective with AY 2016-17. Students are responsible for:
  • Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account. 
  • Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $10,000 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad - note portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to two semesters.  Pace tuition remission does not apply.

Summer:

The following policies are effective with Summer 2016 programs. Students are responsible for:
  • Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account. 
  • Program fees (Tuition and Fees, Room) are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
FUBiS Summer Term II (6 weeks)
June 4 - July 16, 2016
  • Program Fee: € 250
  • Early registration discount: - € 50 (until April 23, 2016)
  • Semi-Intensive German Language Class: € 1,350
  • Intensive German Language Class: € 2,025
  • Subject Class:  € 1,350
  • Insurance Package: € 65
  • Personal liability and accident insurance*: € 20
  • Excursions (optional): click here for itinerary and cost breakdown
  • Registration deadline: May 7th
FUBiS Summer Term II (4 weeks)
July 23 - Aug 20, 2016
  • Program Fee: € 250
  • Early registration discount: - € 50 (until June 11, 2016)
  • Semi-Intensive German Language Class: € 900
  • Intensive German Language Class:  € 1,350
  • Subject Class:  € 900
  • Insurance Package: € 45
  • Personal liability and accident insurance*: € 15
  • Excursions (optional): click here for itinerary and cost breakdown
  • Registration deadline: June 25th
*Liability insurance: Please note that damage to immovable property is subject to a deductible of 250 € per claim.

Program Fee

A non-refundable program fee applies in addition to the tuition. The program fee is due along with the tuition one week after registration at the latest. The program fee includes the following services:
  • Official FUBiS transcript (sealed copy will be sent directly to the students home address)
  • Guided Tour through the Reichstag Building and the Federal Parliament - more information
  • River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin (only offered in Summer) - more information
  • Weekly Movietime presenting popular and well-known German Movies
  • Student ID (reduced prices for meals at the dining hall of the Freie Universität, student tickets for sights, museums etc.)
  • Access to libraries and computing (incl. internet/wifi) and printing facilities on the campus
  • Welcome and farewell buffet

Tuition Fee
  • The Tuition Fee includes, in addition to the class, the course-related field work and the course reading material (reader).
 
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Insurance

All participating students are registered for Pace’s emergency Travel Assistance/Health Insurance policy through ACE American Insurance/AXA Assistance USA.  There is no additional charge.
 
As of Spring 2018, every FU-BEST participant will automatically be enrolled in a combined German health/accident/liability insurance policy. As of Fall 2017, the premium is 180 Euros for the entire semester. Inasmuch as pre-existing conditions, time abroad outside the formal semester, and (most likely) mental health issues would not be covered under the FU-BEST policy, students may wish to keep their U.S. insurance in place at the same time.

For further information, please click here.
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Visa

Students who are citizens of European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, or the USA do not need a visa in order to enter Germany. Upon arrival in Berlin, citizens from these countries (except EU and EEA) must apply for a residence permit. 

Please remember that any student who will need a visa to enter Germany should be sure to go online and book an appointment at the nearest German Consulate as soon as possible. He/she should reserve that appointment, which should be timed preferably by mid-November (for Spring applicants) or mid-April (for Fall applicants), well before receiving our admission materials. German Consulates tend to get overbooked, so students should book their appointments in timely fashion, so that they can be sure to have one as soon as possible after they receive our admission letter. Click here for visa-relevant information.
 

 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 04/01/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 04/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 04/01/2018 TBA TBA