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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Brian Henry Program type: Direct Enroll
Area of study: European Studies, German, Germanic studies Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English, German Cost for Summer: $7,000-$10,000
Summer Program Duration: 5-6 Weeks, 7-12 Weeks
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Freie Universität Berlin International Summer University


The Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) has been a part of the curriculum of the Freie Universitaet Berlin (FU) since 1998. FUBiS is the first Summer University in Germany with course offerings exclusively taught in English but which also offers students a chance to improve on their German language skills. During its two summer sessions, FUBiS offers courses drawn from the fields of Contemporary History, Political Science, Law, German Studies, Media Studies, Art History and German as Foreign Language.

Location

The FU is one of only eleven institutions in Germany that was awarded the prestigious excellence award by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and thus carries the unoffical title of "Elite University."

Students will receive a FUBiS welcome pack at the FUBiS orientation day. The Welcome Pack includes various materials with helpful tips and addresses on where to go, shop, eat and a guide to activities. Every summer FUBiS offers a variety of extracurricular activities that might include a guided visit through the Reichstag Building (Federal Parliament), a river boat tour through downtown Berlin, as well as day and weekend trips to other German cities or regions. In addition, an event calendar is sent out every week with information on current events going on in the city. If you would like to have detailed information on Berlin in advance, we recommend Berlin's official website.
 

Courses & Credits

The common denominator uniting all FUBiS courses is the interdisciplinary approach. Except for the German language and literature courses, all courses are taught in English. The FUBiS program faculty consists of qualified full and assistant professors who teach courses focusing on important topics in their respective areas of expertise. Students are required to study German throughout their stay. The program offers courses in both English and German, covering topics on Berlin, Germany, and Europe. Each course has a topic-related excursion schedule. Students may enroll in subject courses taught in German provided they have completed at least the minimum prerequisite level of German. Course listings and descriptions are available online.

UNC students may enroll in FUBiS Term II or Terms II + III. Term II students will receive 7 UNC credit hours. Contact the Study Abroad Advisor for credit transfer information for Term III.

FUBiS students have free access to the PC terminals in the university computer lab, including access (free of charge) and printing facilities. There is also free access to the computer facilities in all libraries.

German Majors and Minors
If you hope to receive major or minor credit from your study in Germany, it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you work with the German Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies PRIOR to studying abroad. Be sure that you take information on how to contact this person as well, in the event you have questions or concerns about your major or minor while abroad. A German Literature course, taught in German, is designed especially for German majors and minors who have an intermediate level of German background.

GERMAN MAJORS: There are restrictions on the number of English Language courses that you can take for Major Credit. Please check with the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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Housing

Accommodation choices include single occupancy apartments with private bathroom and kitchenette and single rooms in student dormitories (shared bathroom and kitchen). FUBiS also offers limited homestay options with Berlin resident families, providing single bedrooms and shared bathroom, including breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Click the host program website link at the top of the page for more information.
 
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
 
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
 
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
  3. In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/24/2020
**
Rolling Admission 05/30/2019 07/11/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1