The Free University Berlin will prospectively offer spots at the following Australian partner universities:
Students of the Free University will apply for a spot in the general Australia program; a ranking of the preferred partner universities will be made in the online application form.
For the academic year 2020/21: November 14, 2019
Information about the possible duration of your exchange (a semester or full academic year) can be found on the sites of the respective partner universities. The academic year usually starts in late July and ends in June of the following year.
For semester spots, students can apply for a stay of one or two semesters; for academic year spots, students can only apply to go abroad for the full academic year.
The partner universities offer nominated FU students a full tuition waiver. Some partner universities grant an additional scholarship to cover living costs; please find more detailed information under the links of each partner university.
Further information on financing can be found here.
Please send in your applications documents as early as possible to get potential questions or issues out of the way in time. Feel free to come by our office hours for a personal consultation.
The following documents should arrive at our office on the day of the application deadline:
You will find the link to the application form here; it will be online about 4 weeks before the application deadline.
With details of your study program and your current semester (Fachsemester). You can download your current certificate of enrollment from the student’s administration website (Zedat Portal).
“Leistungsübersicht über begonnene und abgeschlossene Module” – available in your Campus Management under the tab “Noten & Punkte”.
Including a transcript of records; the copy does not have to be certified.
A detailed CV in English. Please attach a picture in the top right corner. Should you need to inform us about specific details, e.g. concerning your schooling, please do so in written form on an additional piece of paper (1 page maximum length).
A detailed explanation of your study proposal in English, no longer than 2 pages.
Please divide your letter in two parts:
What made you choose your program of study? Why do you want to study in Australia? What classes would you like to take at the partner university? Which area of study in your field would you like to focus on during your time in Australia and why? What advantages can you take from this direct exchange for your studies here at Free University?
Preference list of partner universities
Please explain your choice of universities in the preference list you gave in the online application form. Briefly explain your top 3 choices. Why are these universities the best universities for your particular area of study? To help you, feel free to check our partner universities’ websites for further information. (Your preference list and explanations will only be seen by our selection committee and not by the partner universities).
One to two letters of recommendation by at least one lecturer of the Free University Berlin; visit the sites of each partner university for further information.
Please give your lecturer the following “Tips for letters of recommendation” (download in English or German). The letter of recommendation should be sent as a PDF-document to the Büro für Internationale Studierendenmobilität directly by your lecturer. After the application process, the letter of recommendation will be archived; we do not hand out the letters of recommendation to students or transmit them to others.
It is necessary for applicants to have a very good knowledge of English in order to be able to follow the classes while abroad. The following language tests are accepted:
We only accept the official report; you need to reach at least grade A (80%).
IELTS (test report form)
We only accept the official test report which is sent directly to our office; you will additionally receive a copy of your score results. Please see details under the link of the partner universities.
TOEFL (official score report)
We only accept the official score report in the internet based TOEFL (iBt). The test result cannot be older than two years. When booking a TOEFL appointment, please make sure to provide the institution code of Free University (Code: C507) in order for the test results to be sent directly to our office. You will receive an examinee score report and can view your test scores online.
We strongly recommend you to ask the TOEFL test centre to send several copies of the official score report directly to Freie Universitaet Berlin-office of student mobility (TOEFL Code: C507), as this is free of charge when passing the test. Furthermore, we can send copies of your official score report to other institutions such as the DAAD. As it usually takes about 4 weeks for official score reports to arrive, we strongly recommend taking the test as early as possible! Should you have passed one of the language proficiency test within the past 2 years, please submit a copy of your test result with your application. The test result should be submitted by the deadline, and can be submitted no later than 2 weeks after the application deadline. Please note that without a test result, you won't be invited for an interview.
Please name each document as follows: YourLastName_DocumentTitle (e.g. Schmid_StudyProposal). All documents (except for the letter of recommendation) should then be sent in as separate PDF-documents within one zip folder, which should also have your last name.
You will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submitting your application. In case you don't receive an E-Mail from us after a week, please get in touch with us. However, please refrain from sending several emails after having submitted your application, as this slows down our working process
A nomination by the Free University for one of our partner universities always includes a full tuition waiver; further information can be found on the pages for each partner university.
Our exchange agreements always include an enrollment as a non-degree student for the duration of your stay. It is not possible to graduate from the partner universities.
Whether you will get credit at the FU for the classes you take at the partner university will be decided by your department. We recommend talking to the responsible parties before going abroad.
Students have the option to take a leave of absence for one or two semesters.
Please note that because the exchange is based on reciprocity, the final number of spots available at each partner university can only be published shortly before the application deadlines.