German Language & European Studies

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    German Language & European Studies

  • Location

    Berlin

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

    Founded in West Berlin during the early Cold War period, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) was established when anti-communist students protested against having to attend Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, a university located in East Berlin and taught by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. After many student protests, FUB was established as a university for the "Free World" in West Berlin. Just about 30 minutes outside of Berlin's city center, ISA students will study on the university's Lankwitz campus. You can enjoy picking courses from a wide range of offerings instructed in English or German, and will take classes alongside ISA and other visiting international students.

  • Term

    Academic Year 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Mid Aug, 2020 - Mid May, 2021

  • Program Length

    Academic Year

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 01, 2020

  • Credit

    438 - 444 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

The German Language & European Studies program at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) offers a great variety of courses in German and European Studies. Popular subject areas include German Language, European Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Art History. Courses are taught in English and German by local and visiting faculty at FUB with other international students.

You are not required to have a background in German language in order to participate in this program. You will be required to complete a language placement exam prior to departure if taking a German language course and have a background in German language.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

For semester and academic-year programs, you must have completed a minimum of two semesters at a four-year university at time of application. Cumulative GPA will be calculated from credit from four-year institutions only.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

438 - 444

ECTS Credits

34 - 40

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

28 - 30

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

42 - 45

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take 1 German language course and 2-3 subject courses per semester.
  • You can choose from two 2 different course tracks:
  • 1.) Experiential Beginning German Language course + 3 content courses (total of 4 courses/semester)
    -or-
  • 2.) Intensive German Language course (combined 2-level) + 2 subject courses (total of 3 courses/semester)
  • You may only take the Experiential German Language course if you have had no previous experience taking a German language course, are an absolute beginner, and are not a German major or minor. If you have any experience with the German language you will enroll in an Intensive German Language course. Based on this, if you take Experiential German Language course during your first semester, you cannot take it the second semester.
  • If you wish to take one additional content course/semester you will need to provide specific documentation from your home university stating that they require you to take the extra course.(ie: an advisor's email, a quote from home university's website, etc.)
  • Certain courses listed below may only be only available during either the fall or the spring semester. Please consult the fall and spring sessions of this program to view courses available during a specific term.  
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Germany Site Specialist.

Course Availability

  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 17-20 ECTS credits per semester.
  • All subject courses are worth 5 ECTS credits/45 contact hours. Experiential German courses are worth 5 ECTS credits/84 contact hours. The combination of the two Intensive German Language courses is worth a total of 7 ECTS credits/132 contact hours.
  • ISA makes U.S. credit recommendations based off of the course contact hours, however, transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university.  
  •  According to ISA policy, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in German language courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered online pre-program by Freie Universität Berlin. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university.  
  • If you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, it is recommended that you prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Freie Universität Berlin’s (FUB) course structure system. According to FUB’s administration, all subject courses are designed as upper division level undergraduate courses. For all language courses, ISA considers courses from Beginning to High Intermediate as lower division, and Advanced to High Advanced as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Freie Universität Berlin will reflect ECTS credits and contact hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

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Freie Universität Berlin
International Students
True Beginning
84 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
Beginning
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
High Beginning
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
Low Intermediate
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
Intermediate
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
High Intermediate
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
Advanced
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
High Advanced
132 Contact Hours
7 ECTS Credits
Taught In English
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
5 ECTS Credits
45 Contact Hours
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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Alyssa Segura

Program Manager, Germany

BERLIN TEAM

Hedvika Tichá

Resident Director, Germany

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the German lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor in Berlin. Uncovering the uniqueness of your Bezirke (district) and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most Berliners do, via U-Bahn and S-Bahn. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Homestay

Host families are the best option if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by the host university in Berlin in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide daily breakfast and dinner. A typical homestay includes a private bedroom with linen, a desk, and a place for clothing and personal items. Homestays cannot be guaranteed over winter break for academic-year students.

Dorm

The dorm is best choice if you would like to be independent while living in a more student-centered environment. The dorm is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. The dorms are located about 30-40 minutes by public transportation from the university and about 30-40 minutes from Berlin's city center. The dorms offer single bedrooms with shared bathrooms, kitchens, and communal areas. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided. There is an on-site laundry room with card-operated washers and dryers. A 150 Euro security deposit must be paid upon move-in for students living in the dorm.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

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