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Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program

FU-BEST is a semester program offered in a Fall and a Spring semester. Our mission is to educate responsible, global citizens by promoting intercultural exposure in a multi-faceted environment. We aim to provide an intensive and diverse study abroad experience through combining three essential elements: German language instruction, a varied menu of subject courses, and the concept of the “extended classroom.”

Small classes, expert faculty, and the availability of day-to-day guidance are designed to enable students to make the most of this unique educational opportunity. Using Berlin's rich cultural, political, and historical offerings as a resource, all courses integrate local field-trips into their curriculum and thus profit from the outstanding location of this fascinating city.

We look forward to welcoming you to Berlin!

Registration for Spring 2022 Online is closed

During the Spring Semester 2022, FU-BEST offers online courses in addition to their regular on-site semester! You can choose from four subject courses taught in English and five German language courses from the Beginner to the Advanced level. Our courses are open to students of all subject areas and offer an interdisciplinary approach to overarching issues and themes relevant to European Studies in Berlin and Germany today.



Quality Improvement Program


FU-BEST has successfully completed the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) of the Forum on Education Abroad. By going through this process, our program has demonstrated that it is in conformity with the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and maintains a commitment and dedication to offering high quality programs in education abroad.