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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
Minimum 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:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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.

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 language is not required for this program, but there is mandatory enrollment in a German language course. German language classes are offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced (including the German+ program). Opportunities for contact with German students, and German society in general are made available during the semester.

You can choose from a wide variety of courses (3 credit hours) taught mostly in English by expert faculty, covering such topics and disciplines as: cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, legal studies, architecture, environmental studies, transatlantic relations, business, music history, and philosophy.

GermanPLUS+ is a package consisting of two German language and three subject courses, all taught in German and designed to meet the needs and interests of students with advanced German language abilities.

Please note: Books and readers are included in your fees for all courses, and are distributed on-site in Berlin.

Add-On Summer Internship Program (apply early Feb)
Spring students have the opportunity to sign up for an add-on Summer Internship after their studies at FU-BEST!  Students interested in doing an internship in Berlin in combination with their studies can apply for an 8-week credit-bearing placement (full-time; 35-40 hours per week) following the end of the Spring semester. The internship allows students to explore an enriching academic experience in Berlin by immersing themselves in a German workplace and gaining valuable intercultural experience along with skills for their careers. Internships are sought with organizations and companies in Berlin that match each student’s professional and academic background, previous work experience, and career goals.

Cultural Programs / Field Trips
Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses. A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, the Netherlands, Belgium or other destinations (varying from semester to semester; included in the program).

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.  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.  Add-on Internship is worth 5 RU 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: Mid-August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-May
Spring+Summer Internship: Mid-May – Mid-July
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
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.