FU-BEST is based on an academic calendar consisting of two regular American-style Fall (September-December) and Spring (February-May) semesters (for specific semester schedules, click here).
Mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters (6-8 credit hours for intensive instruction at all levels and 3-4 credit hours for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment.
A menu of subject courses (3 credit hours) taught mostly in English by expert faculty, covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, legal studies, architecture, environmental studies, transatlantic relations, business, music history, and philosophy.
A special package of advanced German language courses and German-taught subject courses for advanced German Studies students or students of other subjects with advanced German language abilities (GermanPLUS+).
Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible.
A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations, varying from semester to semester, please see upcoming destinations here).
Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general, for example through volunteering opportunities or a language tandem, are made available throughout the semester.