The FUBEX program at the Freie Universitaet Berlin (FU) is open to all majors. 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 unofficial title of "Elite University."
The exchange program with UNC is based on the collaboration of UNC's American Studies program and the John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) at the FU.
A metropolis of 3.4 million people, the city of Berlin has a rich and dynamic past which spans many centuries. It offers a spectacular diversity of cultural offerings, features countless museums, world renowned orchestras, opera houses and theatres and myriad opportunities to experience life in a large German city. There is ample opportunity for recreation and a first-class public transportation system provides easy access to various destinations within the country and outside of its borders.
The university boasts an enrollment of 40,000 students and a strong international profile, featuring leadership in international education, a large percentage of foreign students, and numerous partnerships with foreign universities, especially those in the US. The exchange program with UNC is based on the collaboration of UNC's American Studies program and the John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) at the FU although this exchange is open to ALL majors. Students do NOT need to be taking courses in the American Studies program but will need to take one JFKI course and their advisor in Berlin will most likely be from the JFK Institute.
Students may have various course completion options within each course that result in different credit decisions and credit amounts. Please contact the study abroad advisor to discuss your credit plans.
The exchange is open to students from all majors; American Studies majors are encouraged to apply and may be able to use courses from the JFKI to fulfill major credits. The language prerequisite is 2 semesters, completed by the start of the program.
Those students with 2 or 3 semesters of German study will take classes in English at the JFK Institute. The Institute is an interdisciplinary department within the Freie Universitaet (FU), offering programs of study spanning across seven disciplines: history, political science, sociology, economics, culture, literature, and English. For information about classes, click "JFKI Institute" here. Please note that the FU does not offer any German language courses for beginners. German language proficiency (level A2) is required. Students with two or more semesters of college German however can enroll in intermediate and advanced German as a foreign language course. German language courses which are offered during the semester are free of charge. If students wish to enroll in a German language course, they have to take a placement test which is offered during the orientation period shortly before the semester starts. Without this test, exchange students are not eligible to take language classes. For more information on these courses click here.
Students with at least four semesters of previous German study must take at least one class at the JFKI taught in German or English. In addition, these students may enroll in other FU courses taught in German in the many FU departments. Students with four or more semesters of German can also take an advanced German language course free of charge during the semester.
A mentor from the JFKI is available to assist students with questions about the academics and life in Berlin.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the pre-semester German language program for an additional cost. This program will help you to ease into the German academic and general life. The pre-semester language program is only available for students with intermediate or advanced German.
For more information on the program and academics click here.
In order to access a search engine to check on courses and a syllabus click here. Put in a department you are interested in, i.e. Philosophie, or Geschichte and then click on Suche Starten. A number of courses will appear and then you can also select the semester you wish to look at. Note that the course catalog is updated only approximately six weeks prior to the beginning of a new semester.
Students on this program may choose to live in dormitories of the Freie Universitaet, which are spread across various neighborhoods in Berlin. Dorm rooms are typically single rooms in shared suites (co-ed), or studios, and are arranged by the FU. Berlin is a large city; whether you live in a dorm or not, you will commute just as most Berliners do. Those students not wishing to live in the dorm may find their own housing in Berlin.
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 exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. 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.