Free University of Berlin

City: Berlin
Language of instruction: English, German

Freie Universitat Berlin achieved an overall ranking of 70 in the 2010 World University Rankings. It was also ranked 34 out of the Top 50 Universities for Arts and Humanities in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. There are 4 Nobel Prize Winners who either currently teach or have taught at FU in the past, and the university also has had 15 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners since 1988. The university currently consists of 15 Departments and Central Institutes, and offers about 160 degree programs and 16 doctoral programs.

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

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).  More information on this test is available at www.testdaf.de

Almost all subjects are taught in German.  Subjects taught in English outside of the Departments of English and North American Studies are very limited in number.  An overview of subjects taught in English is available at www.fu-berlin.de under “Courses in English”.

FUB offers a preparatory language course 6 weeks before the start of the fall and spring terms. The cost is 600EUR for UBC exchange students. Students earn 6 ECTS credits. For language levels A2-C1.

FUB also offers language classes during the semester. These classes have no fee, are for Levels A2 (no absolute beginners)-C1. Depending on the level, classes are 4-12 hours per week with 5 to 10 ECTS for the course (level A2 has highest work load and credits). Students need to take placement test.

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Terms offered

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

Who can go?

UBCV Arts and Science students are eligible to apply to this partner university.

Term dates

Term 1 - FUB Winter Semester: Beginning of October to End of February

Term 2 - FUB Summer Semester: Beginning of April to End of July

Notes on eligibility and timing

Orientation takes place approx. 5-10 days before the lecture period starts. It is absolutely necessary to partici-pate in our orientation program. 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

Free University of Berlin International Summer University

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

3,5 – 4,0 sufficient

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).

Some undergraduate courses are taught in English - mostly in political sciences, international studies and business/economics.

With few exceptions all undergraduate programs are open for exchange students. Please note that 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. Make sure to 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

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: 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: 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: 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
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

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, offers generous scholarships to students applying for an exchange or research program at a German university.  Students must apply to DAAD by January 31, and may apply for the funding before their acceptance to the exchange program is final, with a letter from Go Global. See the DAAD website for more information.

Students studying in the area of "sustainable development" may also be eligible to receive funding through FUB's University Alliance for Sustainability program.  Learn more about the program and funding options here.  

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.

Types of accommodation available


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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