Whether coming to Freie Universität as a student or a researcher, it will be useful, and often imperative, to learn German.
Most degree-seeking students will need a working knowledge of German. For details, see the section on German Skills for Application & Registration for Degree Programs.
The Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) is the central institution for learning languages at Freie Universität Berlin. It offers intensive German language classes during the semester break as well as courses during the semester. It has a Center for Independent Language Learning, which is a useful resource available to all the members of Freie Universität. The Language Center also has a tandem program, which pairs learners of different languages to practice with each other.
German language skills are important for candidates who wish to start or continue a course of study in Germany. With this in mind, Freie Universität regularly offers German courses for refugees who wish to start or continue their studies.The objective is to pave the way for these students to enter a regular degree program. New German courses starting at the B1 level will start in September 2017.
The International Summer and Winter University of Freie Universität Berlin (FUBiS) offers an academic program that is designed for international students but is also open to adult learners and professionals. For program participants, there are semi-intensive and intensive German classes at five different proficiency levels (A1 – C1). The classes run 3-6 weeks.
The Berlin European Studies Program of Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST) program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment, and most classes are taught in English. However, there is mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels, during the fall and spring semesters.
Several further education institutions in Berlin offer German language courses. Please check the following website of the Berlin Adult Education Center (“Volkshochschule”), which has branches in every Berlin district and offers a wide range of courses besides languages.
The Goethe-Institut and the Carl Duisberg Centren are institutes specialized in German language courses and not only based in Berlin – so you may even be able to find them in your home country! The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) provides useful information about learning German within and outside of Germany.
German courses can be downloaded or practiced online at: