Participants in FUBiS can choose between German language courses and other classes taught in English, or a combination of both. The classes taught in English cover diverse subjects, for example, European politics, architecture, art history, and German literature. For all of the courses, the students can earn internationally recognized credits. The academic program takes place on the campus of Freie Universität, and it is complemented by excursions, for example, a boat trip on the Spree River and a guided of the Reichstag. The participants can also take day and weekend trips to Potsdam, Rostock, and Leipzig.
The Summer University was initiated in 1998, and the winter term was added in 2007. In 2010 the academic quality of FUBiS was recognized by the Forum on Education Abroad. In 2014 approximately 500 students from abroad participated.