№ 312/2010 from Oct 18, 2010
Freie Universität Berlin will begin listing the apartments it has available for visiting scholars with the International Center for Academic Exchange (IBZ). An organization has just been founded in Potsdam that aims to make guest houses near German universities as well as international meeting places for foreign scientists and scholars more visible. The International Center for Academic Exchange, supported by Freie Universität and the institutes of the Max Planck Society, with its 78 apartments is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. It is situated at Rüdesheimer Platz in the Berlin district Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
The apartments at Wiesbadener Str. 18 are available to scholars from abroad. They can be rented for periods lasting from one month to two years. The International Center for Academic Exchange in Berlin was built in 1983. It was financed with funds from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the State of Berlin.
The International Centers for Academic Exchange (IBZ) have been a unique success story in the German research landscape since the 1950s. International Centers for Academic Exchange or guest houses have been built in the vicinity of most of the universities in Germany to make suitable housing available for the increasing number of visiting scholars from abroad. Many of the IBZ present academic and scientific lectures, discussion series, evening concerts, sports activities, and parties. Some of them have nursery schools. Scholars from around the world can find information about the various IBZ and their activities on the new web site www.ibz-deutschland.de .