Overview

Free University of Berlin

City: Berlin
Language of instruction: English, German
  • 70th place in the 2010 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
  • Also ranked 34th place out of the Top 50 Universities for Arts and Humanities in the 2010 World University Rankings
  • 4 Nobel Prize Winners who either currently teach or have taught at FU in the past
  • 15 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners since 1988
  • 15 Departments and Central Institutes, 160 degree programs and 16 doctoral programs

Students considering applying are encouraged to apply for the generous DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. The application is due by January 31 (before you will have received confirmation of your exchange.) You will require a letter from Go Global to apply.

For 2018/19: Students nominated for FUB will be considered for additional funding from Erasmus+ of 820 Euros for travel plus 800 Euros/month for living costs for a maximum possible funding of 4900 Euros.

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Almost all subjects are taught in German
  • Some undergraduate courses are taught in English — mostly in political sciences, international studies and business/economics
  • Students must have a language skill equivalent to Level 2 Test DaF in all 4 categories if they wish to take classes in specific subjects in German (for more info see: www.testdaf.de)
  • Subjects taught in English outside of the Departments of English and North American Studies are very limited in number (see "Courses in English" at www.fu-berlin.de)
  • FUB offers a preparatory language course for language levels A2-C1, 6 weeks before the start of the fall and spring terms (600EUR for UBC exchange students, and students may receive 6 ECTS credits)
  • Language classes also offered during the semester for Levels A2 (no absolute beginners) - C1, free of charge (epending on the level, classes are 4-12 hours per week with 5 to 10 ECTS for the course)

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Arts and Science students are eligible to apply to this partner university

Term dates

  • Term 1 - Winter Semester: Beginning of October to End of February
  • Term 2 - Summer Semester: Beginning of April to End of July

Timing

  • A mandatory orientation takes place approx. 5-10 days before the lecture period starts
  • Students will be provided with essential information about studying at Freie Universität Berlin such as course selection and enrolment, campus tours and how to use libraries and computers

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

3,5

Grading scheme

  • All departments, except for the Law Department, use the following grading scale:
    • 1,0 – 1,5 very good
    • 1,6 – 2,5 good
    • 2,6 – 3,5 satisfactory
    • 3,5 – 4,0 sufficient
    • 5,0 fail

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • In addition to language courses, FUB offers a number of German Studies courses taught in German on history, literature etc. specifically for exchange students (for credit)
  • With few exceptions all undergraduate programs are open for exchange students
  • Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are NOT open to exchange students
  • Restrictions apply in Law, Pharmacy, Economics and Business Administration
  • Most universities in Germany provide a “Schein," which you will receive for each course completed - please ensure that you keep it for your records and provide a copy to Go Global upon return from exchange

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Photography and Gender in the Middle East
Partner course code: GESCHKULT 13421
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-14
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Media Effects on Public Opinion
Partner course code: 28623
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Berlin, Seen from the Outside. Intercultural Perspectives on the German Metropolis
Partner course code: 16843
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-05
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: Semi-Intensive German Language Beginner A1
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-22
UBC course: GERM 210
Title: Intensive German Language Intermediate B1
Partner course code: GERMAN B1
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: Language Course for Program Students - B1.1
Partner course code: NiveauB1.1 54625
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-02-18
UBC course: GERM 310
Title: German B2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2014-01-28
UBC course: GERM 370
Title: Lessing - Schiller - Kleist
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2014-01-28
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: Literature, Politics and Media after 1945
Partner course code: 16667
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2014-01-28
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: Culture Orientation in Berlin
Partner course code: GERM 3rd
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2014-07-28
UBC course: GERM 400
Title: German B2.2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2014-01-28
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Seduction and Terror: Hitler's Germany
Partner course code: 3.02
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-28
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: "We are to hold Germany for western civilization." – Political, economic, and cultural entanglements
Partner course code: 32403
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: LING 3rd
Title: Levels of Linguistic Analysis 2; Grammar
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-09
UBC course: LING 3rd
Title: Semantics and Pragmatics 1
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-09
UBC course: POLI 1st
Title: Global Challenges – Sustainable Futures
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-18
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: States and Societies in the Middle East
Partner course code: POLSOZ 15102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Diasporas as Transnational Actors
Partner course code: PS 15133
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Environmental Conflicts
Partner course code: PS 15143
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2015-10-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Empirical Communication Research
Partner course code: 28564
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The European Union in the 21st Century: Internal and External Challenges
Partner course code: 3.16
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-05
Journalism
UBC course: ARTS 4th
Title: Digital Media in Civic and Political Participation
Partner course code: 28751
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-26
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • For the FUBIS program, tuition and other fees, aside from the Go Global application fee, are paid directly to the partner
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

Students considering applying are encouraged to apply for the generous DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. The application is due by January 31 (before you will have received confirmation of your exchange.) You will require a letter from Go Global to apply.

For 2018/19: Students nominated for FUB will be considered for additional funding from Erasmus+ of 820 Euros for travel plus 800 Euros/month for living costs for a maximum possible funding of 4900 Euros.

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campus

Housing notes

  • Students can either organize their own private accommodation (such as student share apartments) or use the university’s housing service ERG
  • ERG housing service offers a variety of accommodation options, including dorms, shared flats and fully furnished single apartments
  • Since there has been a dramatic increase of student housing demand, students wishing to use our accommodation service must apply online as soon as possible

Information on Accommodation

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