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Contemporary Challenges Credits
Language Immersion

Freie University (Germany)

Berlin, Germany

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spring 2021
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
German
No
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
3.0
Restrictions

Completed college-level conversation or advanced grammar German courses prior to application

Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

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.

Berlin, Germany

Program Location

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Bridge in Berlin, Germany

Germany

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

 

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 Universitywebsite.  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

 

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.

Spring Semester

Early April

Late July (Sommersemester)

Academic Year

September

Late July

Housing 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

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per semester $10,000 $13,200
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Preliminary language program
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Housing $4,500
Meals $5,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $145
Books and Classroom Materials $600
Student Union fee $320
Local Transportation $600
Personal Expenses $5,000
Total $17,365.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $11,350 $14,550
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Preliminary language program
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Housing $1,600
Meals $1,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $145
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Student Union fee $160
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $7,205.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

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.

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