FU-BEST was founded in 2005 and is aimed primarily at North American students. The semester dates are adjusted to coincide with the North American academic schedule. There is a fall semester (September–December) and a spring semester (April–July). In 2011 the program was the first of its kind in Germany to be successfully evaluated by the American Forum on Education Abroad, one of the largest professional organizations in the United States for educational programs abroad. FU-BEST, based at Brentano St. 50-52 in Steglitz, is organized for Freie Universität by the ERG University Service GmbH.