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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.   

The lectures of the summer semester 2021 will end on July 16, 2021. Some 4,000+ classes are offered every week and more than 20,000 students actively participate in virtual lectures and seminars. All students will be able to take their exams at the end of this term. Several hundred exchange students from partner institutions are part of this continuing experiment to teach and learn an entire semester online – we deeply value their commitment and our partners’ trust.
The university acts very carefully and our crisis team monitors the situation closely to be able to adapt to any changes in a quick and responsible manner.


The coming winter semester officially starts on October 1. Classes will start on October 18, 2021 and run until February 18, 2022, with an examination period until the end of February 2022. In line with the Senate of Berlin Freie Universität has made the decision to offer in-person teaching for most classes in the coming winter semester 2021/22. This will be the case if certain conditions are fulfilled (such as vaccination offers for everyone, low rates of incidence etc.). Most probably teaching formats suitable for smaller groups will be held physically, whereas lectures for bigger groups will be taught online. The details of the teaching formats and the hygiene framework are in the process of development and dependent on the further development of the situation.

We physically hosted a high number of exchange students from our partner universities in our accommodation options during the summer semester and we are prepared to do so during the coming winter semester as well.


Can international exchange students study completely online during the winter term 2021?
Part of classes will be offered online, this includes the exams as well.
If students opt for a complete remote winter semester from home they should inform our Incomings team (incoming@fu-berlin.de) as soon as possible. Exchange students from outside the EU will need a health insurance valid in Germany in order to be enrolled at FUB, even if they do not travel to Germany.
If students studied this summer semester online from home at FUB and now want to come to Berlin in person for the winter semester they will need the required health insurance and will also have to pay the full semester fee (around EUR 265)  for the winter semester 2021/22. Students will be informed about the procedures by our Incomings team.
If students already booked accommodation via the Freie Universität’s accommodation service and want to cancel, they should contact the accommodation service directly: accommodation@fu-berlin.de . You can find information as well as the general terms and conditions of our accommodation options here: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/unterbringung/general_terms_and_conditions/.