FU-BEST employs the concept of the "extended classroom" to tie the academic work carried out in the regular classroom to the tremendous variety of historical, political, cultural, and societal sources and opportunities available in contemporary Berlin. Many subject courses feature field-trips and assignments that take advantage of these sources and opportunities.
The "extended classroom" concept is also tied to the fact that FU-BEST subject courses meet for 2.5 hours per week. All students are required to complete one small "independent project" encompassing a three-page report on a specific site in the city (such as museums, memorial sites, etc.), as assigned by each course's teacher. The German language sections also feature regular field-trips in the city, in each case led by the teacher.