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Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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.
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.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission 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 withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. 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.