A-Z Welcome Service
The A-Z enables quick access to the most important terms. If you cannot find a term you are looking for, please send it to us by email and we will add it immediately.
Abbreviations at Freie Universität Berlin
Here you can find a list of common abbrevations at Freie Universität Berlin.
Academic Senate of Freie Universität Berlin
Here you can find contact information and a brief protrait on the academic senate at Freie Universität.
Here you can find the circular on the prohibition on accepting rewards and gifts (in German).
You can find more information on the Accommodation Service for international guest scientists here.
Annual Pass - Botanic Garden
Freie Universität employees are entitled to an annual pass for the Botanic Garden at a reduced rate. Besides the individual concession, the Botanic Garden also offers a reduced annual “Freie Universität Family Ticket. You can find further information here.
Annual Performance Reviews
You can find more information on the annual performance review here.
Here you can find information on opening a bank account in Germany.
Berlin Immigration Office
You can find more information on Berlin's Immigration Office, how to apply for a residence permit, etc. here.
„Blackboard“ is the central learning platform at Freie Universität Berlin
Blogs are open to all members of Freie Universität Berlin. Find more information on that here.
Board of Trustees
Learn more about the Board of Trustees of Freie Universität Berlin here.
Broadcasting License Fee (GEZ)
Find more information on the broadcasting license fee (GEZ) here.
Find all necessary forms and information here.
Get an overview of the Freie Universität Berlin campus.
Center für Digitale Systeme - CeDis is the center for digital systems and center of competence for e-learning, e-research and multimedia at the University Library.
Certificate of Conduct
Find more information on how to apply for a certificate of conduct here.
Chief Gender Equality Officer
Here you can find the website of the chief gender equality officer at Freie Universität Berlin.
You can find more information here along with the child benefits claim form.
Here you can find the circulars of Freie Universität Berlin.
CMS Content Management System
Official websites of all university institutions and projects of Freie Universität Berlin are maintained through the central content management system (CMS). You can find more information here.
Find more information on continuing education at Freie Universität here.
Continuing Professional Development Policy
You can access the continuing professional development policy here.
Contracts for Work and Services
This is where you will find further information on contracts for work and services.
You can find the templates for using Freie Universität's corporate design here.
Within two weeks of moving into a new place, you need to register at one of the 40 district offices in Berlin. Find more information here.
Double Taxation Agreement
Get to know more about the double taxation agreements here.
Dual Career & Family Service
You can find more information on the Dual Career & Family Service's website.
You can find information on elections at Freie Universität Berlin on the Central Election Board website.
Find out more about the emergency childcare here: KidsMobil.
Find more information on options for staff going abroad here.
Find more information on the Executive Board of Freie Universität Berlin here.
You can find more important information on this matter here.
Section 13 of the Supplemental Rules and Regulations [Teilgrundordnung] of Freie Universität Berlin stipulates the regulations on the elections and responsibilities of the department council (Fachbereichsrat).
For all family matters please see the Dual Career & Family Service.
Division II – Finances, Procurement, and Position Management has compiled a comprehensive glossary on all budget specific and finance related topics, from arithmetical accuracy to visiting professors.
Finding an Apartment
Please find more information on finding an apartment in Berlin here.
Employees at Freie Universität can learn different languages and take lessons and exams at the Center for Continuing Education (Weiterbildungszentrum). Find more information here.
Gender Equality and Diversity
You can find important dates on the university's annual general closure (over the end of the year holidays) in the staff circular "Betriebsurlaub für die Jahreswechsel 2020/2021, 2021/2022, 2022/2023 sowie 2023/2024".
Find everything you need to know about statutory health insurance in Germany here.
You can find more information on the health management at Freie Universität and it's offers here.
Find more information on interoffice mail here.
You can find all job offers at Freie Universität Berlin here.
Jobticket - the VBB Transit Pass
Find an application form for the "Jobticket" and more information here.
Here you can the website of Freie Universität Berlin's Language Center.
Do you want to learn German? Find more information here.
More information on the library system can be found here.
Please see interoffice mail.
The Dual Career & Family Service offers information and consultations.
Mensa (student cafeteria)
Here you can find more information on the opening hours, locations and offers at the Mensas and cafeterias on campus.
Occupational Accident Insurance
Find more information on occupational accident insurance here.
Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health Management
Here you can find more information on occupational health management at Freie Universität here.
Occupational Medicine Center
Please refer to the Occupational Medicine Center for more information and contact details.
You can find a description of the responsibilities and contact information of the Occupational Safety Service here.
Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Council can support members of Freie Universität with regards to legal matters. The advice does not include labour, general civil service and private law matters.
One-off annual payment
Find more information on the one-off annual payment here.
Organizational Chart of Freie Universität Berlin
See Working Hours.
Employees, pursuant to Section 28 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector governing the the German federal states as it applies to Freie Universität Berlin (TVL FU), and German civil servants (“Beamte/Beamtinnen”), pursuant to the Special Leave Act (SurlVO) of March 7, 2007, may receive paid leave on request for specific exceptional circumstances without their salary or remuneration being cut for the respective period. This applies to the following occasions, among others:
- 25- and 40-year work anniversaries → one working day (a separate regulation applies to civil servants; please refer to Circular V of February 2007).
- Spouse/partner goes into labor → one working day
- Death of a spouse/partner, child, or parent → two working days
- A member of your household becomes seriously ill → one working day per calendar year
- Medical treatment, if this needs to take place during working hours → the medically required period of absence, including travel times
Parental Allowance and Leave
Find more information on the Dual Career & Family Service's website.
Please see Residence Permit.
Peer Counseling (Help with Addiction)
Find more information on the peer counseling (for help with addiction issues) here.
Peer Counseling Service
Find more information on the peer counseling service here.
Personal Liability Insurance
Find more information on the topic of personal liability insurance here.
Personnel development - find the division's homepage here.
Phased Return to Work
Private Health Insurance
Find more information on private health insurance here.
Find out more about the purchasing process at Freie Universität Berlin.
Reception for New Appointees
Recycling and Waste
At the end of your employment and upon request, the personnel department can issue a reference in cooperation with your supervisor. Subject to approval, you can apply for an interim letter (Zwischenzeugnis) during your employment. Please note that reference requests are subject to time limits and might not be granted during certain periods.
Reimbursement of Expenses
You can find information on the reimbursement of expenses in the glossary of budget system terms.
Find all information (explanations and self-service portal Elsa) here. (in German)
Representatives for Individuals with Severe Disabilities
Research Sabbatical for One Semester
The Passport Service at Freie Universität can help you with applying for a residence permit.
Retirement Provision for Civil Servants
Here you can find more information and application forms about the additional private pension for civil servants (in German).
Retirement Provision for Employees
Find more information on the supplementary pension scheme, VBL (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder) here.
Social Counseling Service
Social Counseling Service at Freie Universität Berlin.
Social Security Scheme
Here you can find more information on the social security scheme in Germany.
Staff Circulars (Personalblätter)
You can access the staff circulars here.
Find more information here.
This is where you can find the Circular on Rights and Obligations in Labor Disputes.
Student Records and Registration Office
Here you can find information on the Student Records and Registration Office (e.g., enrollment, CampusCard, termination of studies)
Find more information on the website of the Sustainabilty and Energy Unit.
Taking Leave for Further Education and Training (Bildungsurlaub)
Learn more about the opportunity to take leave for further education and training (Bildungsurlaub).
Learn more about taxes in Germany here.
Here you can find more information as well as the agreement on telecommuting and remote working.
Find more information on the telephone system, for example: "how to set up your telephone" here.
Please see ordering process.
University Sports Center
Visit the University Sports Center website to find all information and offers.
You can find further information on your yearly paid vacation leave here.
Learn more about the supplementary pension scheme, VBL, here.
Welcome Event for New Employees
Find more information on the welcome event for new employees here.
Wikis offer a wide range of opportunities to plan and implement projects in teaching, studying, research and administration. The central wiki sites are open to all members of Freie Universität and its project partners.
You can find more information on regulations regarding you working hours here.
The Computing Services team – ZEDAT – can advise you on setting up your work computer and fixing problems you might encounter later on. They are also responsible for providing any software you need for your work.