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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.

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Registration 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. Please use the online form to apply for the program.

Please note that the application period for the upcoming German and preparatory courses has already passed!

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 2016/2017 German language courses starting with level B1.

Studienkolleg preparatory courses for refugees

The Studienkolleg at Freie Universität is a year-long course that aims to prepare you to successfully enroll in a degree program at the university.The Welcome Studienkolleg 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.

Family-friendly language and preparatory courses with child-care option

The family-friendly German language and preparatory courses of the Welcome program are explicitly encouraging the participation of women and families with young children. Limited places for child-care during course hours are available at the course place. Interested candidates should indicate their family situation and need of child-care in the registration form.

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 info@welcome.fu-berlin.de.