The FU-BEST program features an elaborate set of learning support and cultural experience activities. Some of these are required, others are optional.
Each semester, all students not only participate in a week-long off-site excursion, but are also invited to visit three important historic sites in and around Berlin on selected Fridays: the Chancellor's Office (Bundeskanzleramt), the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, and/or the former prison complex in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen of East Germany’s state security police (Stasi). Participation in at least one such Friday trip is an integral part of the overall academic program and a prerequisite to receiving full participation credit in all of a student’s subject courses.
In order to enhance participants' German language ability and their interaction with German society, the program not only recommends the selection of a homestay as far as housing is concerned, but also offers the option of a one-on-one tandem partner program, frequent Stammtisch gatherings, and participation in the events organized by Freie Universität Berlin's International Club (www.internationalerclub.de).
In addition, all participants are invited to select two events from a concert, opera, and soccer program, with the tickets made available through the program, in addition to numerous suggestions made by the program staff regarding other cultural opportunities in the city. Program participants also receive a pass for use in all museums associated with the Foundation for State Museums in Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin).