Academic Calendar

Semester, application and enrolment dates

Academic calendar

Winter semester 2016/2017

Summer semester 2017

Semester duration

October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017 April 1 – September 30, 2017

Teaching activity

October 17, 2016 – February 18, 2017 April 18 – July 22, 2017

Holiday

December 19, 2016 –
January 2, 2017

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Feast Days

October 3, 2016 (Day of German Unity)

April 14, 2017 (Good Friday)
April 17, 2017 (Easter Monday)
May 1, 2017 (May Day)
May 25, 2017 (Ascension Day)
June 6, 2017 (Whitmonday)

Re-registration

For summer semester 2017: by February 17, 2017 For winter semester 2017/18: by July 21, 2017
Application for semester on leave Latest November 28, 2016 Latest May 30, 2017
No teaching activity From February 19, 2017 From July 23, 2017

Application

Winter semester 2016/2017

Summer semester 2017

Undergraduate programmes
(all combination bachelor's programs,
first semester and advanced)

Information on whether you are
required to apply to Freie Universität
Berlin directly, or via uni-assist, or via
"hochschulstart.de" (only in German)
please see International Students.

Undergraduate programmes with restricted admission (application directly to Freie Universität Berlin):
by July 15, 2016

Application via "hochschulstart.de" (only in German):

  • Applicants with university entrance certificate (Abitur or equivalent) dated before January 16, 2016 have to apply by May 31, 2016

  • Applicants with university entrance certificate (Abitur or equivalent) dated later than January 16, 2016 apply by July 15, 2016

Letters of Admission sent by the end of August 2016.

Undergraduate programmes with restricted admission (application directly to Freie Universität Berlin): by January 15, 2017

Application via “hochschulstart.de (only in German) for undergraduate programs with summer semester admission:
by January 15, 2017

Letters of Admission sent by the beginning of February 2017.

Studienkolleg
(preparatory course):
One-year course in a school-like setting with Feststellungsprüfung (assessment test - subject related university entrance qualification).

Externe Feststellungsprüfung (external assessment test - without attending the preparation course).

All courses by July 15, 2016



All courses by March 15, 2016

No admission for summer semester

Master´s programs

Application see here.

Doctoral programs

See here.

Lottery procedure
(online application only)

September 08 – September 14, 2016 March 08 – March 12, 2017

Studienplatztausch
(Exchange of study placements)

August 15 – October 10, 2016 February 15 – April 10, 2017

Entrance exam for those with professional qualifications

May 31, 2016 -

Enrollment & registration

Winter semester 2016/2017

Summer semester 2017

For all combination bachelor's programs and single-subject bachelor's with restricted admission Deadline stated in Admission Letter

Enrollment for programs with no limited admissions (except combination bachelor's programs)

German students and foreign nationals with German education (Bildungsinländer) who fulfill all other requirements (such as language skills)

All others are required to apply via uni-assist for programs with no limited admissions within the deadline

August 1 - September 8, 2016

February 1 - March 8, 2017

Course registration (bachelor’s & master’s Students) For information on registering, courses and examinations (deadlines and details), see Campus Management.
Studierfähigkeitstest Veterinärmedizin
(Aptitude Test Veterinay Medicine)
For students beginning their studies in winter semester: by written invitation only, see here.
Studierfähigkeitstest Pharmazie
(Aptitude Test Pharmacy)
For students beginning their studies in winter and summer semester: by written invitation only, see here.
Nebenhörer (visiting student, who is a full-time student elsewhere) October 17 – November 14, 2016 April 18 – May 16, 2017

Language tests (by invitation only)

Foreign language tests
(free of charge)

Deutsche Sprachprüfung DSH
(130,00 Euro)

Language Center (Sprachenzentrum, see "Sprachtests/Sprachtests Studienbewerber/innen" for dates, application and information).

For further information on the German language test for higher education (DSH) at Freie Universität Berlin, see DSH website (only in German).

Future dates

Winter semester 2017/2018

Summer semester 2018

Teaching activity: October 16, 2017 - February 17,2018
Holiday: December 27, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Teaching activity: April 16 - July 21, 2018

Events for current students

Informational event for Freie Universität students starting their programs during the summer semester 2017, with an introduction to Campus Management. Also suitable for master's students who have changed to Freie Universität:

  • Thuesday, April 4, 2017: 10:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Habelschwerdter Allee 45 (in German)

Orientation days for international students at Freie Universität Berlin starting their programs during the summer semester 2017, with an introduction to Campus Management:

Informational event for prospective students

Presentation (pdf file) Organization of Studies and Campus Management