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Welcome to Freie Universität

“Welcome to Freie Universität Berlin” is an extensive package of academic offerings and services aimed at making it easier for people who have had to leave their homeland to gain access to study programs.

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German Language Classes

German language skills are important for candidates who wish to start or continue a course of study in Germany. With this in mind, since November 2015 Freie Universität has been offering special German language courses for up to 70 refugees who are prospective students. The objective is to pave the way for these students to enter a regular degree program (three days a week).

Attending Selected Courses

Refugees living in Berlin or Brandenburg who are interested in a degree program have an opportunity to attend selected courses from the university free of charge (6 weekly credit hours maximum).

From the 2016 summer semester onward, formal certificates of credit for coursework within the program can be earned. These certificates will then be eligible for credit as part of a later degree program.

Studienkolleg Preparatory Program

The Studienkolleg at Freie Universität is a year-long course that aims to prepare you to successfully enroll in a degree program at the university. Starting with the 2016/17 fall/winter semester, we will be offering introductory classes in the natural and life sciences, humanities, and economics along with integrated German language classes at the B2/C1 level.

Advising Refugees

The Language Center of Freie Universität holds special office hours for refugees. The advising is offered in Arabic, English, and German.

The Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling also holds special sessions for advising refugees about studying at Freie Universität. These sessions are offered in Arabic, German, English, and Farsi. The various languages are scheduled on different days, so please refer to the schedule. These sessions provide information about what degree programs are offered and how they are organized, as well as details about the bureaucratic formalities required for enrollment.

Using the University Libraries

Refugees who do not yet have an address (Meldeadresse) may be issued a visitor’s card by the University Library of Freie Universität at no charge. With this card, all the printed and electronic resources of the library may be used on site. The visitor’s card may also be used at all of the other libraries of Freie Universität Berlin.

You are welcome to attend an introduction to using the University Library: "How to Use the University Library and Its Electronic Resources."


Please use the online form to apply for the program.