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FU-BEST Program: Freie Universität Berlin

Posted on July 22, 2010


The Freie Universität Berlin Program is perfectly suited to beginning-level students of German-language. The University is a well-renown German institution with a population of around 40,000 students including international students from 80 countries around the world. Students are required to take 6-8 credit hours of intensive German-language instruction in addition to other courses offered in German or in English.


Berlin is a city of 3.4 million people that is rich with history and culture. The contrast between Eastern Berlin and Western Berlin is still evident in its architecture. The city also provides easy access via its efficient transportation system to other cities around Germany and Europe. An added benefit of the program is the host‐family accommodation option where you will have the opportunity to live with a family in the Berlin area and learn about the German culture first‐hand while practicing your language skills on a daily basis.


Fall or Spring Semester

There are no German‐language prerequisites but students must have a serious commitment to obtain language‐proficiency. Students with advanced German‐ language skills should consider the University of Regensburg program offered during the spring semester.

Housing & Board

Students choose to live in either a single‐occupancy furnished studio or in a home‐stay family accommodation. Board is included only in the home‐stay option.


Expenses covered include tuition, housing, board (home‐stay only), round‐trip group flight from Boston or New York (as determined by the CGE), two program dinners (Welcome and Farewell), an Orientation Week, several concerts/operas/museum visits, a monthly public transportation pass, one off-site excursion, and course materials.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, board expenses (in studio accommodations), passport and Residence Permit fees, round‐trip airfare to designated departure city, and supplemental study abroad insurance.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • All students enroll in an intensive German‐language course and three additional courses for a total of 4.0‐5.0 Wheaton credits.
  • Courses taught in English are available in addition to the Intensive German course.


  • Make an appointment to see Dean Gretchen Young in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950.
  • Faculty Coordinator: Tessa Lee (email), German Department
  • Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • Intensive German language
  • Contemporary Germany in European Perspective
  • Integration, Conflict, and Security in Europe
  • Central European Literature in Historical and Comparative Perspective
  • Perspectives on 20th Century Art in Central Europe
  • German Cinema Before 1945
  • The Human Condition and the Totalitarian Experience
  • Berlin: History, Memory, Literature
  • Modern German History in European Context: A Thematic Approach
  • Problems and issues in German Philosophy: Kant to Sloterdijk

For more information, please visit Freie Universitat Berlin's website.

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