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Welcome Program

“Welcome to Freie Universität Berlin” is an extensive package of academic offerings and services aimed at making it easier for people who have had to leave their homeland to gain access to study programs.


Application is usually possible on a rolling basis. However, some parts of the program have different application deadlines.It is advised to check the site for updates regularly. The application to the Welcome courses takes place via uni-assist.

Please note that the application period for the upcoming German and preparatory courses starts on the 30th of April, 2021 and ends on the 30th of June.

German courses

German language skills are important for candidates who wish to start or continue an academic degree in Germany. With this in mind, the Freie Universität offers in the winter semester of every year German language courses starting with level B1.

Preparatory courses for refugees

The preparatory course of the Welcome-program is a year-long course that aims to prepare you to successfully enroll in a degree program at the university.The Welcome program will be offering introductory classes in the natural and life sciences, humanities, and economics along with integrated German language classes at the B2/C1 level.

Guest student program for refugees

Refugees living in Berlin or Brandenburg who are interested in a degree program have an opportunity to attend selected courses from the university free of charge. Formal certificates of credit for coursework within the program can be earned. These certificates will then be eligible for credit as part of a later degree program.

Buddy program

The orientation on Campus is for newcomers often very difficult. The Buddy program allows interested refugees to match up with a Mentor (Student or employee of the Freie Universität), in order to ease the transition into academic life.

Advising offers

For questions regarding studying at the Freie Universität, interested refugees can seek advice from the Student Service Center. The Welcome program and The Center for Academic Advising also offer open Welcome-Office hours for refugees.

Other offers for refugees

The Welcome@FUBerlin program's additional offers for refugees:
* Participation in Sport courses
*Participation in Computer courses
*Tandem program
*Using libraries


Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions. For further questions please contact beratung@welcome.fu-berlin.de.