FU-BEST is committed to creating a safe and secure study abroad experience to all program participants. The well-being of all students is the highest priority. FU-BEST believes that the support and the preparation of the staff and faculty on-site as well as the responsibility of all participants contribute to a successful and safe study abroad experience.
The staff of the FU-BEST program is regularly in contact with the university management, local and foreign authorities, partner institutions and study abroad associations about health and security standards. The FU-BEST team is prepared to provide support to students with information about local health and safety services and to arrange for assistance in case of an emergency. All important information is shared in pre-departure information emails, during on-site orientation meetings and throughout the program with team, faculty and all program participants.
FU-BEST wants to make sure that all participants receive the needed help in case of a health issue. For the duration of the program, health insurance is mandatory according to German law. For this, every FU-BEST participant will be enrolled in the German insurance package. In addition, a briefing on safety guidelines, medical services and local emergency numbers is part of the orientation meeting on-site.
Berlin is in general a safe city and the campus of Freie Universität Berlin is located in a quiet residential area. Although the program and the university make all reasonable efforts to ensure the safety of their students, a risk-free environment is not guaranteed. Participants should follow the same certain precautions they would take in their home countries while abroad. Students are expected to pay attention to safety requirements and to carefully study all given safety guidelines. In case of immediate danger, participants should call 112 anywhere in the European Union for police, emergency medical service or fire brigade. Furthermore, students should also inform their relatives and the FU-BEST staff about their personal situation in case of health issues or any other unforeseen events.
The following section may provide further advice in case of major national and international civil emergencies (without any claim of completeness):