Intensive German Language

Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive German Language

  • 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 and uprises, FUB was established as a university for the "Free World" in West Berlin. Just about 30 minutes outside of Berlin's city center, FUB is made up of two major campuses: the Dahlem campus and the Lankwitz campus. You will be studying at FUB’s Lankwitz campus and have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses taught in English with other international students. We encourage you to get involved in the university's language tandem program, a program that pairs international students up with local German students.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    May 23, 2019 - Jul 06, 2019

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 05, 2019

  • Credit

    9 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $6,450

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Program Description

The Intensive German Language program at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) offers a large range of intensive German language courses, accommodating students at all levels of German proficiency. You will take an intensive German language course, focusing on the skills of writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Courses are taught in 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.

Back to back sessions of this program are available. You may select both sessions when submitting your online application and will receive a discount from the combined price of the sessions. For more information about this option, please contact your Berlin Program Manager. 

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

You must have completed at least one year at a college or university at the time of participation.

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

Subscription to The New York Times

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

9

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

4.5

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

6.75

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students are required to take 1 Intensive German Language course for the Summer 1 program.
  • Please note that students will be charged a $100 course changing fee when changing course selections after acceptance date.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Germany Site Specialist.

Course Credits

  • Students are required to take 9 ECTS credits for the Summer 1 program.
  • All Intensive German language courses are worth 9 ECTS credits / 180 contact hours.
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students’ home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Per Freie Universität Berlin, 9 ECTS credits is equivalent to 4.5 U.S. semester credits / 6.75 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

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. 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.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in German language courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered 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. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Transcripts

  • The transcript from Freie Universität Berlin will reflect ECTS 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
Beginning
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
High Beginning
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
Low Intermediate
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
Intermediate
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
Advanced
9 ECTS Credits
180 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Sarah Warren

Program Advisor, Germany

Rachel Rogers

Program Manager, Germany

Brittany Clark

Site Specialist, Germany

BERLIN TEAM

Hedvika Tichá

Resident Director, Germany

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you will 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 Funding Your Program 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.

Apartment

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. The apartments are located about 50 minutes by public transportation from the university and about 20 minutes from Berlin's city center. The apartments are single-occupancy studio apartments; each one with one living room/bedroom, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen includes a fridge and two stove tops. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are also provided. There is an on-site laundry room with token-operated washers and dryers. Cable internet is available in all apartments. Wifi access is available in all common areas on the ground floor.

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 40 minutes by public transportation from the university and about 40 minutes from Berlin's city center. The dorms are single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided. There is an on-site laundry room with token-operated washers and dryers. Please note that there is no internet access available in the dorms. This housing option is available for ISA Berlin j-term and summer students only. A 100 Euro security deposit must be paid upon move-in for students living in the dorm.

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 breakfast daily and one additional meal per week. 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.

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

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Germany that you may not have the opportunity to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on excursions to the following destinations.

Dresden

Dresden is the capital city of the federal state of Saxony, located near the Czech border on the River Elbe. This beautiful town is a cultural center, known worldwide for its historic landmarks in the Baroque and Rococo Old Town. Dresden suffered immense damages during the Allied bombing in February 1945. However, thanks to the survivors' determination to move on and return the town its former glory, Dresden can enjoy its famous attribute 'Florence of the Elbe' again.

Leipzig

Due to its location, Leipzig has been a trade city since the time of the Holy Roman Empire. It was once a major European center of learning and culture. Varied Renaissance and Baroque architecture creates a beautiful combination of style. Leipzig was the starting point for events which led to the Peaceful Revolution of 1989;thus, this city played a significant role in instigating the fall of the communism in Eastern Europe.

Lübeck

Lübeck lies on the River Trave in northern Germany, acting as one of Germany's major port cities. Once there, you will visit the famous Buddenbrook House, take a city bus tour, and then cruise around the city on a boat tour.

Potsdam

Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg, located about 24 km from Berlin's city center. Potsdam used to be the home of Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until the end of the First World War. Therefore, you can admire stunning palaces with marvelous gardens like the Sanssouci and the Cecilienhof palaces. Additionally, the city played an important role after the Second World War during the Potsdam Conference in July 1945. Since 1990, Potsdam has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.