The field of media and communication studies at Freie Universität Berlin has not only a 60-year history, but also a future. Due to the academic expertise at the Institute, the diverse range of courses in the bachelor’s and master’s programs, and its location in Berlin, the capital of Germany and a major media center with a great deal of creative and international potential, the Institute attracts a large number of students every year.
The Institute has nine divisions, where researchers examine the conditions, structures, processes, content, and effects of media communication from different scholarly perspectives.
Research at the Institute falls into one of three main areas: media change; uncertainty, crisis, and risk communication; and political communication and transformation of the public sphere. Several research groups approach each of these areas from different perspectives. Journalists from all over the world continue their education at the International Center for Journalism, which is affiliated with the Institute.