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
Up to 15 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and German
Homestay. Additional housing options are available
Homestay students receive breakfast and dinner daily.
Students in apartments receive a meal allowance.
All students receive a Mensa card which gives access to subsidized meals at Berlin-wide university cafeterias.
All students receive a travel pass for Berlin
Day trips to Potsdam, to Quedlinburg or Dresden, one overnight trip in Germany or Poland and a week-long excursion to destinations in Europe (like Munich and Vienna, Cologne and Brussels, or Nuremburg and Prague, TBA shortly before the program starts). And 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; all students receive a Museum Pass for the State Museums Berlin covering their entire stay. Volunteer Options are available
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance, on-site wellness checks by mental health counselor
Sierra, an AIFS Study Abroad Alumni Ambassador from Chatham University, took over our official AIFS Instagram story the other day! Check out the recap of what she shared about her study abroad in Berlin, Germany during the Spring 2018 semester.
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. Homestays will be located in different parts of the city, and students should expect to travel on public transport to get to campus and downtown. Some homestays are families with kids, others are singles or couples.
Apartments are located in a residential neighborhood and students should expect to travel on public transport to get to campus and downtown. Kitchens are fully-functioning, so students can prepare meals at home, the rooms feature a double or queen-size bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and some have a balcony access.
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 1990 it combines a tremendous variety of experiences from fine historical museum to cutting edge modernism, to a vibrant club culture and sprawling parks.
Public transportation makes it easy to get around Berlin, as it is well integrated 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.
Students receive a travel pass for use on Berlin’s excellent public transport system.
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 may 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 visits to important historic sites:
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 of the royal city of Potsdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former summer residence of the German Emperors. 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, and castle or cathedral entrance fees.
Visit Poland during a trip to its historic capital city, Warsaw. Includes a guided tour of Warsaw Old Town, the market square and Royal Route, a visit to the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, and free time to explore the Warsaw Ghetto, the Palace of Culture and Science and take in the town.
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)