Language Immersion

Summer: FUBiS (Germany)

Berlin, Germany

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer II 2024
Jun 01, 2024
Jul 13, 2024
Mar 01, 2024
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore


Program Advisor

The Program

Wide-range of German language and content courses.

No previous knowledge of German is required for subject courses offered in English. Language courses are offered on all levels. Courses in History, Literature, and Economics are offered in English. Students can combine a subject course with a language course. 


Summer FUBiS

Program Locations




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.

Watch video Life In Berlin


Rutgers students may enroll in any in-person language classes in FUBIS Term II. 

Program costs include numerous organized tours and weekend trips to other German cities and to leading museums and cultural institutions. To see a list of excursions offered in Summer II click here. These places will afford you a first-hand experience of Germany’s rich cultural heritage, Germany's emerging leadership role in the European Union, as well as its coming to terms with the legacy of National Socialism and the Holocaust and the lasting effects of the Cold War division on the country from 1945 through the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. 

Course Offerings

  • Click here for Summer II
  • Courses taught in German will be offered at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. German-language topics courses are also available for students who place out of these levels of the language track. There is no German language prerequisite to be eligible for this program nor are students required to take German-language courses; beginning German language students are also welcome.
  • Courses taught in English on a broad array of topics will give a unique, yet thorough, insight into German culture and society at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Both the courses taught in German and those taught in English may be counted toward the relevant requirements for the German major and minor, as well as toward the degree requirements of other Rutgers programs. Students should consult with their degree program’s Undergraduate Director in advance to confirm how credits will be applied to that program.

Students can learn more about course offerings here

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Student Voices

Hear from recent alumni who spent time in Berlin with FUBiS during the 2022 program! YOUTUBE


Information Sessions:

December 8 @ 2:45 pm

December 12 @ 10:30 am

December 15 @ 10:30 am

Housing and Meals

Freie Universität Berlin – like most German universities – does not own any student dorms or housing facilities. FUBiS arranges appropriate off-campus accommodation for the duration of the program as an optional service at the student’s request. Accommodation options can be chosen during the registration process. Accommodation is subject to availability.

Students will stay in a single room in a shared apartment (Studentenwerk) at FUBIS student dormitories.


Students will stay in individual rooms of approx. 12 sqm within a shared apartment of up to 6 bedrooms, sharing the bathroom and kitchen. The open living structure offers a familiar atmosphere and makes getting to know each other easier. The kitchens are equipped with cooker, fridge, cookware, and dishes.

Each room is furnished with a bed (including bed linen), a desk, bookshelf, a closet, and a chair. Towels are not included, so please bring your own. There is a laundry room with card operated washing machines and dryers available as well.

Learn more on their website. 

Watch a video.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
Program Cost NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
UG Semi-Intensive w/ homestay $6,820 $7,490
UG Semi-Intensive w/ apartment $6,580 $7,240
UG Intensive w/ homestay $5,760 $6,530
UG Intensive w/ apartment $5,510 $6,280
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    *Housing (either single room in shared apartments, or homestay)
•    Some meals (Homestays include daily breakfast, one additional meal, and commission)
•    Some excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    Emergency Medical Access Abroad

* For housing in all other options students will need to pay the difference directly to the provider.

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
Meals* $600
Personal Expenses $500
Total $2,300.00
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, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, 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.



Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.

There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships. 

There are several opportunities for students to obtain financial assistance for FUBiS Summer Program in Berlin.  Please, go to FUBiS website for specific details.

In the past, the German Department has been able to make average summer awards of approximately $1,850 to currently enrolled Rutgers students, in some cases more. The German Department hopes to be able to continue making such awards available.

Applicants seeking scholarship assistance from the German Department should indicate this on their application. If you feel your financial situation deserves special attention on our part, please include this information, along with an explanation, within the "personal statement" section of the program application.

Funding is available for graduate students as well as undergraduates, but graduate students are also encouraged to ask about additional potential funding from their home programs. All awards are subtracted from your final payment.


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.

The Rutgers German Department awards a select amount of students generous scholarships. No additional application is needed. German majors and minors have priority but all students will be considered. For more information, please contact Dr. Nicholas Rennie