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COVID-19 and Freie Universität Berlin – Facts for International Partners

Our most important priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Therefore we opted for digital learning offers without physical during the past semesters. At the same time we maintained and strengthened the advising and counseling services for all our international students.   

Following the positive results of the summer semester, we are aiming to hold the winter semester 22/23 in person as far as this can be safely and reasonably achieved. We wish to ensure that everyone returning to campus in the fall and winter months can do so in a positive manner. Day-to-day life at Freie Universität should continue to comprise all the important aspects of university, and it should continue to be a place for dialogue and exchange.

At the same time, plans are being made to ensure that in-person teaching can be supplemented with online classes. As always, we will be monitoring infection rates and coordinating with various members and committees within the university's governance structures, the federal state of Berlin, and other universities in the city when it comes to making any adjustments to our plans. We will announce the key parameters for the winter semester in due time on this website before the first day of classes.

As the pandemic is still very much a part of everyday life, the Covid-19 Task Force of Freie Universität asks that all employees, students, and guests continue wearing an FFP2 mask indoors – whether in laboratories, seminar rooms, libraries, offices, or in areas of high traffic and hallways. This is a simple and effective way with which to protect yourself and others!

Can international exchange students study completely online during the winter term 2022/23?

No, unfortunately not, as no provisions for remote teaching are in place anymore.