Freie Universität Berlin

3.9 out of 5 (70 ratings / 63 reviews) Berlin Steglitz Zehlendorf, Germany
Freie Universität is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three Central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the joint medical school of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Freie Universität owes its founding, in 1948, to international support, and international impulses have shaped the university’s research activities and student life ever since.


Each year, about 600 international scholars and scientists contribute to the variety of teaching and research activities pursued at Freie Universität. One groundbreaking development that demonstrates the way the university takes international cooperation to the next level is the five international liaison offices of Freie Universität that were founded beginning in 2007 – in Beijing, Cairo, Moscow, New Delhi, and São Paulo. Another is the establishment of special arrangements with selected universities in the form of strategic partnerships.


The main features of Freie Universität’s research activities include the broad variety of global academic and scientific cooperation arrangements in place as part of alliance projects and networks with other entities active in research, alongside the university’s innovative support concepts for junior scholars and scientists and the scope of the external funding the university raises.


Freie Universität Berlin is not only the site of education for over 30,000 students across 11 departments, but also offers a wide array of possibilities for those just starting out in a particular occupation, such as vocational training, opportunities for cooperative academic education and vocational training, and traineeships in administration.

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Student services

The Student Services Center (SSC) is the first address for all concerns related to studying at Freie Universität. 

Housing services

Freie Universität Berlin arranges accommodation for international exchange and program students as well as international visiting scholars of Freie Universität Berlin. We have a certain number of accommodation available for student accommodation, for which you can register via this website. Please note: The number of accommodations is limited, the distribution is based on the "first-come-first-served" principle. If all options are written off, the registration closes.

Library services

The library portal Primo is the central search interface for searching and accessing local and outside resources, such as books, e-books, journal articles etc.; the Primo mega-index contains nearly one billion datasets.

Medical services

Please bring along proof of health insurance (European Health Insurance Card or temporary certificate) from the health insurance in your home country. This proof of health insurance must then be accepted by AOK (“Campus Point Freie Universität”) or by any other state-regulated health insurance company in Germany.

Student Life

Sports facilities

You can combine work and sports at Freie Universität Berlin! Activities range from group runs before work to after-work tennis matches at the courts in Dahlem and getting the day off to a relaxing start with morning yoga at the library. 

The University Sports Center offers all employees an attractive exercise program near the workplace. The center’s offerings are varied and extensive, ranging from team and individual sports to martial arts and relaxation and covering almost all facets of sports and exercise.

Student clubs

Since 1990, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany has sponsored more than 80 Local Student ERASMUS Initiatives at German universities. At Freie Universität Berlin, a group of FU students voluntarily organizes the DAAD-affiliated International Club. Not only do these students take care of incoming students who are in Berlin for a semester or more, they also help outgoing students prepare their studies abroad. 


The system of accreditation was implemented in Germany on the part of the German Rectors' Conference within the framework of the Bologna Process which aims at creating a collective European space for higher education. 

The system is designed to secure the quality of academics and teaching acccording to collective European standards. The process of accrediation is completed by an agency for accreditation. At the end of this process, the Accrediation Council awards their seal of approval to the respective degree program.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have a very good experience at my University. It gave me many chances of practical exposure in my field of clinical psychology. I have done 3 internships and I am opting a thesis in this semester which is my last semester.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am BITS PILANI. Clubs/skill development: BITS, being a tier-1 college, has many clubs that will help you develop soft skills and explore your interests. I attended this workshop conducted by the VFX club on video editing, and it turned out I enjoyed doing it. To add, Zero percent attendance helps here. Curriculum: According to the BITS curriculum, first-year courses are...

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

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