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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
English
Suggested G.P.A.:
3.0, 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
12-15
Non-Rutgers Students:
No
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Berlin European Studies Program of Freie University (FU-BEST) is located in a large villa on the Freie University campus in the suburbs of southwest Berlin 
  • Take a variety of classes in English, including cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, political science, sociology and comparative religion, alongside beginner or intermediate German language courses
  • Utilize all of Freie University’s facilities and extra-curricular activities, plus specially organized excursions throughout Berlin, such as a trip to a concert, opera and soccer game!
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.


Academics
In order to have an idea of what classes are available in the FU-BEST program, you should visit the FU-BEST website.

When looking for courses, please note that prior knowledge of German is not required for this program, but there is mandatory enrollment in a German language course.  German language classes are offered at all levels. For the intensive, double-course track (Beginner to Advanced German you will receive 6-8 RU credits.  For the single course track (Experiential/Elementary track) you will receive 3-4 RU credits.

You can choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, architecture, philosophy, and film studies.  Please note: Books and readers are included in your fees and distributed on-site in Berlin.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the FU-BEST 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 FU-BEST. Please note that the U.S. credit conversion listed on the FU-BEST website differs from Rutgers credit equivalencies.  Furthermore, courses that have 65 contact hours are worth 4 Rutgers credits and courses with 45 contact hours are worth 3 Rutgers credits.  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
Fall Semester: Late August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late April
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the FU-BEST 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
There are two housing options through the FU-BEST Program. You can choose to live in a fully furnished apartment or stay with a local German family. The apartments are fully furnished single-occupancy apartments, each one with its own bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided. Participants must bring their own towels. Each apartment also contains a TV-set and a coffee-maker. These apartments are about 30 minutes by bus and metro from the program site. You are in charge of all your own meals when selecting this option. You can have daily access the Mensa (the name of Freie University’s dining hall) during the weekday. The meals are inexpensive and you can purchase a meal card at the Mensa.

If you choose to stay with a local family, you will have your own key and your own room. Bathroom (and other facilities) may or may not be shared with others in the home. The homestay includes breakfast and dinner.

For more information about housing options, please visit the FU-BEST website.


Financial Information
Program Cost: 2017-2018
Fall $12,864
*Spring 2017  $13,030
Academic Year $23,638
 
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES (Billable)  
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PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE (Non-billable)  
•Travel to/from Germany Major Medical Insurance
•Meals All Personal Expenses
•Supplemental Course Fees  

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.


Scholarships
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.