An academic calendar consisting of two regular American-style Fall (September-December) and Spring (February-May) semesters (for specific semester schedules, click here).
German language courses
Mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels (9 ECTS / 6-8 U.S. credits for intensive instruction at all levels and 6 ECTS / 3-4 U.S. credits for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment.
A menu of subject courses (6 ECTS / 3 U.S. credits) taught mostly in English by expert faculty, covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, legal studies, architecture, environmental studies, transatlantic relations, business, music history, and philosophy.
Cultural Program and Field Trips
Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible.
A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, the Netherlands, Belgium or other destinations (varying from semester to semester).
Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester.
Academic Regulations and Code of Conduct
To view our Academic Regulations and Code of Conduct, please click here.