About Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of the German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy.

Freie Universität can thus take its place as an international network university in the global competition among universities. Development and assessment of research projects takes place within various focus areas, research networks, and platforms for interdisciplinary collaborative research.

The university’s performance in the Excellence Initiative provided funding for several new graduate schools and transdisciplinary research clusters. In particular, the graduate schools play a key role in the development of internationally competitive research centers of excellence.

Freie Universität Berlin is a full university with 15 departments and central institutes offering over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects.

University Maintains Excellence Status

Cutting-edge Research in Alliances
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Freie Universität Berlin participates in four clusters of excellence, where cutting-edge research topics are investigated in interdisciplinary groups together with partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

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International Newsletter from Freie Universität Berlin
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The international newsletter in English makes it easy to keep informed about the university, even when you are abroad.

Facts and Figures

Freie Universität in a Nutshell
Ob Nobelpreis, Max-Planck-Forschungspreis oder Leopoldina-Mitgliedschaft: Angehörige der Freien Universität können große Erfolge aufweisen.
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For a quick overview of general information about Freie Universität Berlin including statistics on student enrollment and external-funding expenditures, see