Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 with international assistance in Berlin’s green southwest, as a free alternative to the old university in communist East Berlin. In keeping with its tradition, the university emblem still bears the Latin words Veritas, Justitia, Libertas (Truth, Justice, Freedom).
Today, Freie Universität Berlin, with more than 37,000 students, competes creatively with renowned institutions in Europe and worldwide. A world-class research university and an international network university, Freie Universität is one of the few institutions designated a “university of excellence” by the German government after a nationwide competition. For its outstanding humanities and social sciences, Freie Universität ranks among Germany’s top universities.
Customarily, Berlin’s public universities charge no tuition fees except for some Master’s programs. Students at Freie Universität Berlin pay only ca 300 € per semester, which includes – among other privileges – free public transportation in Berlin and environs.
The coordinator of the BIDS Project supports students from partner schools in finding an accommodation and when taking up their studies in the yet unfamiliar world of Berlin.