333 Students from 31 Different Countries
No 217/2019 from Jul 14, 2019
On Sunday, Freie Universität Berlin welcomed students from 31 countries to the start of the third International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) of 2019. The four-week program offers the 333 participants 34 courses, including German language classes and other academic subjects. Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Vice President of International Affairs, will greet the group of students on Sunday. Most of the students are from the United States, South Korea, and China. The current term runs through August 10.
FUBiS students this term can choose from 19 classes on topics ranging from European politics and economics to sustainability, history, architecture, philosophy, and literature, as well as from 15 German language classes for all different skill levels. FUBiS also cooperates with the Utrecht Summer School to offer international summer classes on European history and art history. For these classes the students travel to Italy and the Netherlands.
For all FUBiS courses, Freie Universität Berlin awards credits according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The academic program also includes a variety of cultural activities and field trips, such as a boat trip on the Spree River and a tour of the Reichstag. Short trips for the day or weekend to Potsdam, Dresden, or Leipzig are also open to participants.
The FUBiS Summer University was held for the first time in 1998, and in 2007 a winter term was added. In 2018 the academic quality of FUBiS was recognized for the second time by the Forum on Education Abroad through its Quality Improvement Program (QUIP). It is the only summer and winter university in Germany that successfully completed the QUIP evaluation. In 2019 FUBiS has welcomed a total of 592 students from 36 countries to Freie Universität Berlin.