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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Enrollment Restrictions:
Completed college-level conversation or advanced grammar German courses prior to application
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Founded in 1948, Freie University was established in Western Berlin by students and scholars, protesting the unfair treatment of university students in East Berlin. The university was founded upon the principal that a university, its students, and its scholars should be free of political influence
  • The Freie University campus today has over 15 departments, 100 subjects of study and approximately 31,000 students, and prides itself on its research and international focus
  • Take advantage of Freie’s intensive, six-week German language program for international students before beginning your regular semester coursework
Your Host City: Berlin
Once divided, Berlin is once again the center of German politics, arts, and cultural life and the gateway to Eastern Europe. It is an East-West metropolis with something for everyone.  Traverse the streets of Berlin and you will find the monumental Brandenburg Gate, the shops and bustling commerce on the Ku'damm and the hip Hackesche Hoefe district.  In the Tiergarten the "House of World Cultures" presents a wealth of events and exhibitions featuring cultures from outside Europe.

You will be enrolled in a mandatory six-week intensive language course that will help you improve your German language ability.  The pre-semester course is worth 6 ECTS credits (3 RU credits). In order to obtain credit, you will have to show a certification of participation to the Freie University International Office. 

In order to have an idea of what classes are available at Freie University, you should visit the Freie University website.  When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Freie University and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the Freie University. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Spring Semester: Early April – Late July (Sommersemester)
Academic Year: September  – Late July
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Freie University web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Accommodations and Meals
Freie University does not offer any on-campus housing. The Studentenwerk, Schlachtensee and ARWO-Bau are three housing organizations that are popular amongst students.  You can also look for rooms in shared student apartments on the internet and advertisement in weekly newspapers.

Studentenwerk is the central student housing organization that manages Freie University student residence housing.  Housing varies from single to double rooms depending on the residence hall. Rents range from 150 Euros per month to 400 Euros per month. You will have access to kitchen facilities in your residence, so you can cook for yourself. Your residence will have a refrigerator, stove-top, microwave, and food storage areas. You should wait until your arrival to purchase any utensils or cookware as some of these items may already be provided. For more information, please visit the Studentenwerk website. 

Schlachtensee is a privately-run student village. Schlachtensee provides housing in single rooms within an apartment of six students, sharing a common room (with TV), bathrooms, and a kitchen (with cooker, fridge, dishes, and cookware).  The student village also provides housing in single rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen on each floor (up to 16 rooms per floor). Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, bookshelf, closet, and chair. The rent includes bed linen, access to a computer room with printer as well as Internet and WLAN, and access to a small gym.  For more information, please visit the Schlachtensee website.

ARWO-Bau is a housing organization that provides furnished apartments. These apartments are located close to the university’s campus and cost 345 Euros per month.  For more information please visit the ARWO-Bau website.

Financial Information
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.    For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

DAAD Undergraduate Awards- Available to students studying in Germany.  For more information please visit the DAAD website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.