Direct Exchange

Freie Universität Berlin currently has more than 90 direct exchange programs with universities from all over the world. This includes the exchange of students from our partner universities abroad and our university based on reciprocity. Our partners waive the tuition fees for FU students and some even offer a scholarship for living expenses. Please note that there are universities that require our students to pay for additional fees, such as health insurance or the orientation week. We also advise you to get informed about the additional costs of studying abroad, such as visa or language certificates (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) in advance.

What are the advantages of the Direct Exchange Program?

  • We take care of your application at the partner university

  • No tuition costs

  • Some universities offer scholarships for living expenses

  • We take care of you - Before and during your exchange, we assist you when you need help

Who can apply?

Only full-time students who are currently enrolled at Freie Universität Berlin can apply for our direct exchange programs.

You can find a complete overview and some first information here:

All of our direct exchange partners, sorted by countries (PDF)


Please see each of the regions for more information:

You can find an overview of all partner universities of Freie Universität Berlin, including other exchange programs, here. Note that we offer direct exchange programs only at a selection of these universities.

Who makes the decision over admission?

Freie Universität has partnerships with the best universities in each respective country. Though we can nominate the students for a direct exchange, our partners have the last say and decide who can study at their university and who will receive a scholarship. This is why Freie Universität has to carefully make sure that our candidates meet the academic and language requirements of our partners.

Please note that only our partners can determine which academic level is appropriate for our students. It may be possible that graduate students (MA) are only allowed take undergraduate courses (BA) at the partner university. We advise you to get informed about this on the websites of our partner universities.

Experience Reports

Former direct exchange students talk about their study abroad.


If you are interested in one of our direct exchange programs, you are welcome to visit the Student Exchange Office during our office hours and receive more specific information. We kindly ask you to look at our website beforehand. You can find the application deadlines for all of our programs here.


Student Exchange Office

Studierenden-Service-Center (SSC)

Iltisstr. 4 (U-Bahnhof Dahlem Dorf)

14195 Berlin


Ms. Sabine SIMON

Tel: +49 (0)30 838-73930

E-Mail: auslstud@fu-berlin.de

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Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 16.30

To get an appointment please contact us via E-Mail or phone. You may also directly come to our office and draw a number for the same day.