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Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program, Germany (Direct Enroll)

The Program

If you want to get a sense of the reunified Germany and the challenges of the post-Cold War era in a fast-changing Europe, there is no better place to go than Berlin. Located in the heart of Europe, this metropolis with some 3.4 million inhabitants will offer you unrivalled educational, intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities.  As the newest capital in Europe and the laboratory for the fusion of East and West, it is one of the most exciting cities politically in the world. In addition, Berlin is a city that never sleeps, offering something for everyone. If high culture is your thing, Berlin is a virtual mecca, with numerous museums, concerts halls, opera houses, theaters, and film houses. And if popular culture is your thing, well…nothing beats Berlin’s art and underground scene.

The Freie Universitat Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) is housed at one of Berlin’s premiere public universities. Founded in 1948, the “FU” is located in the lovely southwestern sector of the city, which is within easy access to the heart of the city. You will take intensive German at either the beginning or intermediate level, in addition to an exciting menu of content courses taught mostly in English but also in part in German. Topics range from political science, literature, history, film, art history, sociology, to philosophy. Every semester features a week-long off-site excursion to places such as Krakow, Vienna, Nuremberg/Prague and Belgium as well as several local field trips and cultural events.

The Academics

You will receive 14-17 UConn graded credits on this program. A German language course is mandatory. It may include an eight credit sequence such as GERM 1131-1132, or 1133-34 or  3 credit GERM 3233, 3234, or 3245 or a combination.

In addition, you select two or three courses in German/European history, art history, cinema, philosophy and contemporary issues such as European Business Cultures, European Union Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics and Policy in Europe. See the table below for a list of Germany-Berlin, Freie University BEST Course Equivalents.  Other courses may be accredited following the UCONN course accreditation process.  Most courses are available both spring and fall semesters, although some are offered one semester. Non-language courses (3 credit hours) are taught mostly in English by expert faculty. Local field-trips are an integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ARE 4993 Foreign Study European Business Cultures 3 6/30/2018
COMM 4993 Foreign Study FU Best 22 Media Politics 3 6/30/2018
ECON 2493 Foreign Study 24 Europe in the Global Economy 3 6/30/2020
GERM 1131 Elementary Level I A1 Beginner 1 Intensive 4 6/30/2018
GERM 1132 Elementary Level II A2 Beginner 2 Intensive 4 6/30/2018
GERM 1133 Intermediate Level I B1 Intermediate 1 Intensive 4 6/30/2018
GERM 1134 Intermediate Level II B2 Intermediate 2 Intensive 4 6/30/2018
GERM 3233 Building Language Skills Through Culture I B3 Intermediate 3 Intensive 3 6/30/2018
GERM 3234 Building Language Skills Through Culture II C1 Advanced 1 Intensive 3 6/30/2018
GERM 3245 German Grammar and Etymology C2 Advanced 2 Intensive 3 6/30/2018
GERM 3293 Foreign Study FU Best 14 Theatermetropole Berlin: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart (Theater Metropolis: Past and Present) 3 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study Islam and Europe, Historical and Contemporary Dimensions 4 6/30/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study FU-BEST 8 Modern German History in European Context: A Thematic Approach 3 6/30/2022
HIST 3993 Foreign Study FU-BEST 23 History of Modern European Diplomacy 3 6/30/2022
POLS 3412 Global Environmental Politics FU-BEST 18 European Politics and Policy in Europe 3 12/31/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3412 Global Environmental Politics Environmental Politics and Policy in Europe 3 12/31/2017
POLS 3993 Foreign Study FU-Best 2 Integration, Conflict, and Security in Europe 3 12/31/2019
SOCI 3271 Topics in the Sociology of Culture FU-Best 20 Pop Culture: European-American Trends 3 6/30/2022

The Experience

There are two housing options available: a homestay or a furnished studio apartment. If you elect the homestay, you will be placed with a German family who will provide you with breakfast and supper. If you decide on a single apartment, you will be responsible for your own meals, but the price will be 300 Euros less than the homestay. For lunch, you can procure inexpensive hot meals at the university “Mensa” cafeteria. As a student at the FU, you will have access to the library, computer facilities, and the gymnasium. In addition, you will have a one-week break, which will allow you an opportunity to take an extended trip to anywhere in Europe.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/29/2018 05/18/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: German Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3