One of the main objectives of Freie Universitaet Berlin is to constantly develop its international profile. New study programs were introduced, for instance the Master of Arts in International Relations, a joint program of the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, of Humboldt Universitaet Berlin, and of Universitaet Potsdam. The international study programs are intended for students from abroad (because the language of instruction is English) as well as for students of Freie Universitaet who would like to prepare for research or for a job in the globalized job market.
The Summer University of Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUBiS) is an intensive summer program for students from abroad who would like to combine language courses and courses from the humanities and social sciences. A variety of courses are offered during a six-week program in June/July and a four-week program in July/August. Since the number of students has been constantly increasing, Freie Universitaet also offers a four-week winter term.
The study program FU-BEST (Freie Universitaet Berlin European Studies) is especially intended for American students interested in studying abroad and gaining insight into the German language and German culture, as well as into those of its European neighbors. The academic year coincides with the academic year in the United States. After successful acquisition of the German language, students can continue their studies during the summer semester at Freie Universitaet.