Freie Universität maintains a worldwide network of liaison offices. Their job is to support the university’s researchers in reaching out internationally.
In April 2005 Freie Universitaet Berlin, in conjunction with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU), opened a joint representative office in New York. This German University Alliance, located in German House, the seat of the German Consulate General and the German UN Mission, represents the interests of the two universities in the U.S. and Canada and works to increase the exchange of students, scientists, and scholars.
With additional liaison offices in Moscow (since 2004), Beijing, New Delhi, Brussels, Cairo, and São Paulo, operated in cooperation with strong partners, large research institutions, or universities, Freie Universitaet Berlin is strategically extending its radius of action as an international network university.
In April 2006 Peking University opened its first branch in Germany, the Confucius-Institute at Freie Universitaet. Its objectives include the promotion of knowledge of Chinese culture, the cultivation of Chinese-German cooperation, and the spread of Chinese languages.
Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has a Berlin Program (Duke in Berlin), that is held in cooperation with Freie Universitaet and Humboldt Universitaet.
The University of California System organizes programs for American students in Berlin and Potsdam. At Freie Universitaet the UC System maintains an office to attend to the needs of the exchange students from California.
Columbia University in New York through its Office of Global Programs in Berlin offers a Berlin Consortium for German Studies. Students from Columbia University and the other universities included in the consortium (University of Chicago, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University) can attend classes at Freie Universitaet for one or two semesters as external students. This temporary enrollment is preceded by a six-week language course.