Freie Universität Berlin is one of Germany's premier institutions of higher education. Founded in 1948 by students, scholars, and scientists with the support of the American allied forces and politicians in Berlin, the university nowadays holds an enrollment rate of circa 32,000 students. Freie Universität Berlin is ranked nationally and internationally among the top research universities in Germany. In 2018, the Times Higher Education magazine published its World Reputation Ranking which upholds the university’s status as one of the top five most prestigious universities in Germany.
In 2007, after an intense, nation-wide competition, Freie Universität Berlin became one of nine German universities to be awarded an Elite status by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2012, the university was granted the honor of being named university of excellence in the Excellence Initiative competition for the second consecutive time. Freie Universität Berlin won the highest number of grants and was selected for its outstanding graduate programs, excellent research clusters and successful internationalization strategy.
Freie Universität Berlin is proud of its strong international profile and focus on featuring leadership in international education. Whether international students come to study at Freie Universität Berlin as part of an academic exchange program or choose to complete their entire studies in Berlin, the university’s student body is diverse and continuously includes a large percentage of foreign students. Numerous partnerships with foreign universities help to maintain these important intellectual, academic and cultural interactions, which students, faculty, and staff at Freie Universität Berlin value greatly.
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