Free University of Berlin International Summer and Winter University

About the Program

The Free University of Berlin International Summer University (FUBiS) is an intensive, academic program that runs for 3 to 6 weeks during the summer. Every year FUBiS offers more than 45 courses - both subject and German classes. When reviewing courses, please note that some are taught in English and some are taught in German.

Final program details will be published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.

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Funding opportunity

The partner is offering two merit-based scholarships of €3,500 per student to UBC students participating in the FUBiS 2021 Term II only (May– July 2022). Each scholarship includes the FUBiS program fee, tuition for a subject course or a semi-intensive German language course, accommodation in single apartments, as well as an insurance package. A travel allowance is also included. Information about the academic program for FUBiS Term II is available online.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at UBC as defined by their faculty
  • be an undergraduate student
  • intend to enrol in FUBiS Term II (program dates: May – July 2022)
  • submit a Go Global Summer Abroad application by the December deadline

Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must indicate that they wish to do Term 2 at FUBiS, address how the scholarship may assist them in achieving their goals in the Statement of Motivation section, and submit their Go Global application by December 14, 2021. Applications for FUBiS received after this date will NOT be considered for the scholarship, but may still be eligible for the program.

Partner Institution
Free University of Berlin
Program Dates
  • Term II: late May to mid July
  • Term III: mid July to mid August
Country
  • Germany
Area(s) of study
Art HistoryArtsGeographyGerman LanguageGerman StudiesHistoryInternational RelationsPhilosophyPolitical ScienceSociology
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • December 14, 2021
  • January 27, 2022

Additional Requirements or Restrictions

FUBiS recommends that students have a minimum cumulative grade point average of approximately 75%.

Course Credits

You can enroll in approximately 4 to 12 ECTS credits, depending on the term you attend and which track you take. Please note that 2 ECTS credits = 1 UBC credit.

Transfer credits are only granted for courses with academic content and may not be granted for cultural activities or intensive language courses. Please speak to a departmental advisor if you have any questions.

Transfer credits and evaluated courses at this university

Check out the courses that other students have transferred back to UBC in the last 5 years. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit it as a new course request through the Transfer Credit Portal while abroad. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this partner institution. This list is a general guideline only–research the partner's website for actual course offerings.

UBC Vancouver
Arts
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Art in Germany from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-05
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Creating Publics - Journalism in Comparative Perspective
Partner course code: ARTS 28574
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-02
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: ENGL 4th
Title: Evolution and Literature
Partner course code: JFKI 32214
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-11
UBC course: FIST 464
Title: National Socialism in Film
Partner course code: 16867
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-26
UBC course: GEOG 3RD
Title: Reading the City
Partner course code: 16843
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-04
UBC course: GERM 300
Title: Language Course - German as Second Language B1.2
Partner course code: LV 54 642
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2019-01-11
UBC course: GERM 390
Title: Weimar Cinema
Partner course code: 16844
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-13
UBC course: GERM 411
Title: Green Germany: Nature and the Environment in German Culture, Society and Politics
Partner course code: N/A 16866
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-13
UBC course: GERM 4th
Title: Reading the City
Partner course code: 16843
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-13
UBC course: HIST 106
Title: Introduction to U.S. and Global Environmental History
Partner course code: JFKI 32403
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Spotlight on 1919 - Post-war Society between Violence and Progress
Partner course code: 16882
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-21
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: HIST 4th
Title: Science, Evolution and Society in the Modern Middle East (1860-1950)
Partner course code: GESCHKULT 13177a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-09-25
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: PHIL 450
Title: Personal Identity
Partner course code: PHILGEIST 16040
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-18
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: Introduction to International Political Economy
Partner course code: POLI 15160
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction to Law and the Philosophy of Law in the Foundations of Politics
Partner course code: POLI 15050
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Paying a Fair Share? The Politics of Taxation from the 19th to the 21st Century
Partner course code: POLI 15062
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-21
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
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The Religious Right and the Election of Donald Trump
Partner course code: JFK 32103
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Latino Immigrant Politics in the United States
Partner course code: 32502
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Rising Powers in World Politics
Partner course code: POLI 32514
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Social Policy, Welfare State and Civil Society in Europe
Partner course code: POLI 15071
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Environment and Development
Partner course code: POLI 15083
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The History, Politics and Economics of the Eurozone
Partner course code: POLI 15162
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Federalism and Democracy: Germany, Canada and the United States in Comparison
Partner course code: POLI 15231
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Lobbying and interest group politics in the European Union
Partner course code: POLI 15391
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-07-21
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Populism and Nationalism in Europe
Partner course code: POLI 16860
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Media and Politics: The roots of the refugee crisis in Germany
Partner course code: 16881
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Media and populism in comparative perspective
Partner course code: 28554
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
Journalism
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Journalism and Activism
Partner course code: 28577
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-27
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
Music
UBC course: MUSC 323
Title: Berlin and the Digital Music Era
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-03-03
UBC course: MUSC 3rd
Title: Berlin and the Digital Music Era
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-09-08
Science
UBC course: MATH 3rd
Title: Linear Algebra 2
Partner course code: 19205101
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2018-07-06
UBC course: MATH 3rd
Title: Seminar: Mathematics of Machine Learning: from linear models to neural networks
Partner course code: 19210511
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-06
UBC Okanagan
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: GERM 210
Title: Intensive German Language Beginner A2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2019-10-04

Tuition and Fees

You will pay tuition directly to the partner institution for this program. 

The partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

Please see the About the Program section above for an additional funding opportunity.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Complete your research about the summer abroad program and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria (UBCV / UBCO), including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. If selecting a program that has limited enrolment (e.g. "Summer Exchange"), include a second choice as a backup on the same application by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "Summer Exchange" experience to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" experience to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select "Summer Exchange", be sure to include a backup choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program, a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted, after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university.

Accessibility

If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Fee Adjustment Policy for Summer Abroad

The Go Global Fee ($415.00 CDN) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements

  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university

  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw from Go Global by the relevant deadline below, will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25).

  • March 30: For summer programs

  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-Year exchange

  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-Year exchange

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Contact Go Global

You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone, and can be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PT from Monday to Friday. 

If you require an appointment outside of these hours, contact Go Global and they will do their best to accommodate. Appointments outside of regular hours can only be accommodated virtually.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Starting Tuesday, Sep 7, Go Global will offer in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go Global 101: Virtual group advising sessions on Fridays

Sign up to attend a Friday group advising session online and learn more about the programs, talk to an advisor, or meet other students interested in Go Global programs.

Partner Institution
Free University of Berlin
Program Dates
  • Term II: late May to mid July
  • Term III: mid July to mid August
Country
  • Germany
Area(s) of study
Art HistoryArtsGeographyGerman LanguageGerman StudiesHistoryInternational RelationsPhilosophyPolitical ScienceSociology
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • December 14, 2021
  • January 27, 2022