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.)
Free University of Berlin
- 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
Erasmus+ Scholarship for FU Berlin
For the 2020/21 Academic Year funding will be available for 1 or 2 students nominated for exchange FU Berlin. The funding will be worth approximately 4000 Euros ($6000 CAD) to support travel and living costs during the exchange. The deadline to apply for this scholarship will be November 15, and students will be notified in early December. This will give the opportunity for students who are not selected for this scholarship to still apply for Go Global by our normal exchange deadline. Students who are not selected can still apply for an exchange spot at FU Berlin without the funding.
See the Tuition, Fees and Awards section of this partner page for more information.
Partner university's areas of study
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
Who can go?
- Arts and Science students are eligible to apply to this partner university
- Term 1 - Winter Semester: Beginning of October to End of February
- Term 2 - Summer Semester: Beginning of April to End of July
- 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
Course equivalency formula
- ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
- 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
* 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
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
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.
- 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
Erasmus+ Scholarship for FU Berlin
For the 2020/21 Academic Year funding will be available for 1 or 2 students nominated for exchange FU Berlin. The funding will be worth approximately 4000 Euros ($6000 CAD) to support travel and living costs during the exchange. The deadline to apply for this scholarship will be November 15, and students will be notified in early December. This will give the opportunity for students who are not selected for this scholarship to still apply for Go Global by our normal exchange deadline.
Basic eligibility for the Scholarship: Students in the Faculty of Arts (Vancouver) and the School of Arts & Sciences (Okanagan) are eligible. Currently in 2nd year or higher with a minimum cumulative academic average of 70. Final selection will be conditional on achieving 70% in Term 1 this year and meeting the general Go Global eligibility requirements.
To apply for this scholarship, access the Go Global Gateway. Under Search Experiences find "Free University of Berlin-Erasmus-study." Select a term to begin an application.
You will be asked to upload a study plan, a resume and write 3 personal statements:
- Statement of Motivation: Describe your motivations for going on exchange and your interest in this university (approx 300 words).
- Statement on Goals: Explain how this experience will help you meet you academic, career and personal goals (approx 300 words).
- Statement on finances: Provide a written statement outlining your financial circumstances that make it necessary for you to apply for the Erasmus Award. Please include any extenuating or unusual circumstances that affect your ability to pay for your international experience and use the tips below to guide you (up to 500 words).
Questions, contact Go Global by email at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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’ for Federal 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
- 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