Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany - Internship Program

Get Started Today!


Yes, please contact me at the number I have provided regarding additional information about AIFS Study Abroad. We respect your privacy and will not sell your contact or personal information.

Apply Now!

Intern Abroad in Berlin: Academics

Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

Freie Universität Berlin was founded on December 4, 1948, by students, scholars, and scientists with the support of the American Allied forces and politicians in Berlin. The move was sparked by the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at the former Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. Students and academics wanted to be free to pursue their learning, teaching, and research activities at Freie Universität, without being subject to political influence.

Generous donations from the United States enabled FU Berlin to build some of its central facilities, including the Benjamin Franklin University Hospital and the Henry Ford Building. In a nod to the history surrounding the university’s founding, the seal of Freie Universität still features the words, “truth, justice, and freedom.”

It is a comprehensive, degree-granting university with 15 departments, central institutes offering over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects and a student enrollment of almost 30,000. As a leading research institution, it is one of the German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy.

Academic Overview

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted number of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Class time Internships are 35 to 40 hours per week. Seminars meet for 2 hours each Friday.

Credits The combined Internship and seminar course are recommended for 6 semester credits.

ECTS Freie Universität Berlin awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. For further information on ECTS please click here.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Internship Application Students complete an internship application which can be accessed on-line once the program application has been received. The quality and depth of the answers contribute to placement possibilities.

Student support The AIFS Resident Director provides academic advice and serves as a liaison between students and the university.

Transcripts are issued by Freie Universität Berlin. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

see course descriptions

Download Study Abroad Resources!

Download Study Abroad Resources!