Freie Universität Berlin Global Campus Prepares International Students for the Future

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Website offers information on short-term study programs with growing attention to sustainability and the future

The brand new website includes extensive information on the wide range of short-term study programs offered by Freie Universität Berlin. The seven programs are specifically tailored to the needs of international students. The goal of these programs is to create a global community of empowered individuals who will actively shape a better future. The course offerings include German-as-a-foreign-language courses as well as Germanand English-language subject courses. More and more of the courses are focusing on the topic of sustainability. Students and foreign universities will also find an overview of the services provided as part of the programs, such as accommodation arrangements. Courses take place throughout the year, at varying times and intensities, with durations ranging from three weeks to one year.

website addresses international students at various stages in their academic lives, whether they are preparing to study in Germany, want to supplement their existing undergraduate or graduate studies abroad with ECTS credits, or learn or improve their German. Students who are looking for a meaningful internship program in Berlin or who want to continue their professional education after completing their studies will also find the website helpful. Courses in German language and culture are available for all levels, starting with absolute beginners. Specialized courses deal with various academic fields such as sustainability, economics, history, art, and politics. website reflects the university’s commitment to acting as a catalyst for change," says Dr. Herbert Grieshop, director of the Division International Affairs at Freie Universität Berlin. "Modern curricula, intercultural study trips, and cultural activities attract students from all over the world to learn, discuss, and gain intercultural experience at Freie Universität Berlin." Future issues and the inclusion of the United Nations’ global "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs) play an increasingly important role.

The programs are designed for maximum flexibility, so that students can select components to suit their individual situation, such as the level of study and the type and dates of courses, as well as the service options they wish to benefit from. Some programs are fee-based, others free of charge; most programs are designed to run alongside studies. Courses are offered online and on site. A special feature of most courses is that Berlin, as a city, serves as an educational space itself and on-site instruction also takes place in cultural and political institutions in Berlin or as part of everyday life here.

"Advisors also get an overview of the multitude of offers and can make recommendations more quickly and precisely," Grieshop says, emphasizing the benefit for the partner universities. New short films are also intended to inspire international students to study at Freie Universität Berlin and in the German capital, as well as draw attention to the housing options arranged by the university’s accommodation service. In the coming months, the website will continue to grow as new content is added continuously.

The website includes information on the following programs:

  • Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS): www.fubis.org
  • Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST): www.fubest.org
  • Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) Internship Program: www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/internships
  • Freie Universität Berlin Studienkolleg Preparatory Course for Students: www.fu-berlin.de/studienkolleg
  • Freie Universität Berlin Language Center’s Vorkurs Deutsch: sprachenzentrum.fu-berlin.de  
  • Freie Universität Berlin Welcome@FUBerlin: www.fu-berlin.de/welcome
  • Freie Universität Berlin Continuing Education Program (FUB-ContinuEd): www.continued.fu-berlin.de

Accommodation Office for international exchange and program students as well as for international visiting scholars of Freie Universität Berlin:: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/unterbringung/index.html

Free events with a focus on sustainability and the future:

  • Event series ÜBerlin Talks": www.fu-berlin.de/berlintalks
    Next date: November 18, 2021, 7:00 pm: The Covid-19 Pandemic from a Gender Perspective: Lessons Learned?
  • Free and digital, future-oriented lecture series "What’s next? - Voices from Dynamic Berlin" http://www.fubis.org/2_prog/online/lecture_series_21/index.html Next German session: October 20, 2021, 7:00 p.m.: Dynamic Identities in Berlin: Kiez Discovery Tour in a Multicultural Metropolis - LIVE! German language and culture for advanced beginners (B2 and above). (Please register by October 13, 2021)

New content from subject courses: Publication on November 3, 2021: Designing the Future Together: People, Planet, Technology

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The Freie Universität Berlin Global Campus website brings together the extensive range of short-term study programs offered by Freie Universität Berlin in one place. The academic programs are tailored specifically to the needs of international students. They can find at one glance what best suits their personal situation and available time, as well as their budget and location. Interested students can also get an overview of services offered by Freie Universität Berlin, such as finding accommodation in Berlin.

The goal of these programs is to create a global community of empowered individuals to actively shape a better future.

The website addresses international students at every stage of the "Student Life Cycle":

  • Students preparing to study in Germany,
  • who would like to supplement their existing undergraduate or postgraduate studies abroad with ECTS credits,
  • who would like to (continue to) learn German,
  • who are looking for a meaningful internship program in Berlin or
  • who want to continue their professional training after completing their studies

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