Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany - Internship Program

Intern Abroad in Berlin: Academics

Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

Freie Universitšt 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 Universitšt 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 Universitšt, 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 Universityís founding, the seal of Freie Universitšt 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 Universitšt 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 studentís 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.

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

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

Transcripts are issued by Freie Universitat Berlin. One official copy will be sent to the studentís home institution on completion of the program.

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