Spend a semester or academic year in the dynamic and artistic city of Berlin, Germany, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). A leading research institution, FU Berlin attracts a student enrollment of almost 30,000. The campus is located in a charming, quiet section of the city that is conveniently close to Berlin’s lively downtown area.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and German
Homestay. Additional housing options are available
Homestay students receive breakfast and dinner daily and a Mensa card to use in subsidized university cafeterias across Berlin
Day trips to Potsdam, to Quedlinburg or Dresden, a week-long excursion to a destination in Europe such as Vienna, Prague, Brussels, Strasbourg or Copenhagen (to be determined just prior to the start of the semester) and one overnight trip in Germany or Poland as well as trips in and around Berlin such as the former Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Hamburg (3 days)
Student apartment including Mensa card allowance for lunches
Living with a homestay family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Berlin and many students who choose this option consider it to be the most rewarding aspect of their time abroad.
Apartments are located in a residential neighborhood and students should expect to travel on public transport to get to campus and downtown.
All students receive a Mensa card to use in subsidized university cafeterias across Berlin. For apartment students this is pre-loaded with a meal allowance for lunches.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Berlin.
Public transportation makes it easy to get around Berlin, as it is well integrated, cheap, and efficient to use. Your daily commute will most likely be via the metro (U-Bahn), local train (S-Bahn), bus and/or on foot, so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.
Berlin has been at the heart not just of European politics and culture but also world affairs for several centuries. As a city reunified in 1989 it combines a tremendous variety of experiences from fine historical buildings to cutting edge modernism, to modern shopping in traditional markets.
Guten Tag und Herzlich Willkommen. I would like to extend a warm welcome! Originally from Hamburg, I studied in Berlin and Potsdam and spent time abroad in England and Spain. Berlin has been my home for 20 years now. I love it and am sure you will too! Whatever your interest, Berlin offers a niche for everyone, from the clubber to the historian, from opera to street art. On your program you will glimpse historic German towns, sample local specialties and experience Berlin like a native. It will be my pleasure to help you during your time abroad.
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Berlin life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:
Students also receive a Museum Pass which grants entrance to the collections of the State Museums Berlin.
As part of the FU-BEST academic program you are invited to participate in three visits to important historic sites. These take place on Friday. Participation in one of these visits is a mandatory part of the program:
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the local community, learn new skills and build your confidence. More information on volunteer opportunities in Berlin will be available to you on-site.
Guided tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees.
Visit famous sites including the Semperoper opera house and the reconstructed Frauenkirche church. Experience the Striezelmarkt Christmas Markets. Includes round-trip transportation and museum entrance fees.
Guided walking tour with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and castle/cathedral entrance fees.
Sightseeing and walking tours around Stralsund and Rügen. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfast and entrance to the Oceanographic Museum.
Take a guided walking tour, visit the World War II underground bunker system, and spend free time exploring. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and daily breakfast.
Take a guided boat tour and spend free time exploring. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfast and museum entrance fee.