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Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 2.5
Areas of Study: Culture, European Studies, German, Human Rights, International Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Religion/Theology Class Status: 2) Sophomore, 3) Junior, 4) Senior
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
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Spend part of your summer studying at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. This is a premier destination for research and study in Europe. Freie Universität is ranked nationally and internationally among the top research universities in Germany. Freie Universität won the highest number of grants and was selected for its outstanding graduate programs, excellent research clusters and successful internationalization strategy. The university campus is located in a charming and mostly residential section of former "West-Berlin". Yet – thanks to Berlin’s superb public transportation network – it is within easy reach of the city's downtown areas.
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About Freie University

Berlin is a city of contrast and fusion: East meets West, history meets future, art meets underground. As a European center of politics, culture, and art, countless people are attracted to Berlin’s unique cultural vibrancy, sizzling creativity and raw charm.

While studying at Freie Universität, you can take courses in German language, History of European Art, Hitler's Germany, Fashion in 20th Century Germany, and Martin Luther & the Reformation. 

Freie Universität is ideal for students studying German or history but is also a great fit for a cultural program that builds international experience.

Studying during the summer in Berlin offers students an immersive program that ranges widely in courses and excursions.

Choose from three different tracks:

 

  • Semi-intensive language taught in German with a subject course from the following:

    • Berlin 1900-2017: Literature, Culture and Politics (taught in English)
    • History of European Art: Centers and Protagonists (taught in English)
    • Deutsche Kultur – 100 Jahre Literatur, Film und Kunst (taught in German)
    • Seduction and Terror: Hitler's Germany (taught in English)
    • European Union - Between Integration and Crisis (taught in English)
    • 1517: Martin Luther & The Reformation (taught in English)
 
  • Two subject courses from the following:
    • One from the list above
    • One from the following:
      • Fashion in 20th Century Germany
      • Creating a Solo Performance 
 
  • Intensive German language taught in German (9 US credits)
    • For German majors, this fulfills the major's study abroad requirement

Requirements

  • This program is open to all undergraduate students!
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing with the institution. 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 
  • Students must be at least 18 years old and have completed one year of higher education at the beginning of the FUBiS program.
  • Students must have health insurance that is valid in Germany.
  • Students interested in partaking in a course taught exclusively in German, such as Business German or courses on German Literature must have language proficiency on an advanced Intermediate level (Mittelstufe II) in order to fully benefit from these courses. Most courses are taught in English. Language proficiency on an advanced Intermediate level (Mittelstufe II) is a necessary prerequisite for participation in these courses, too.
  • Must comply with all deadlines for applications, document submissions, deposits and other payments.
     

Costs

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Accommodations 

  • Student Village (single rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen on each floor; furnished with a bed, linens, desk, book shelf, closet, chair)
  • Studentenwerk (individual rooms within an apartment of up to 6 bedrooms, sharing the bathroom and kitchen; kitchen is equipped with cooker, fridge, cookware, and dishes; furnished with a bed, linens, desk, book shelf, closet, chair)
  • Apartment at the Akademia Residenz Berlin (single occupancy apartments; fully furnished with a sofa and bed, en-suite bathroom with a shower; kitchenette/pantry kitchen; kitchen equipment, dishes, pots/pans, fridge, kettle, stovetops, linens are all provided; Cable Internet is available in all apartments; WiFi access in all common areas on the ground floor)
  • Homestay with Berlin family (costs include daily breakfast, one additional meal and commission; private bedroom with linens, bed, desk, and place for clothing and personal items)
  • Seminaris Campus Hotel (comfortable rooms for 1-2 persons; air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, minibar, safe, telephone, TV, breakfast buffet, internet access, and access to the gym and sauna are included in the price)
  • Jugendgästehaus Lichterfelde (youth hostel; single rooms are furnished with a bed, linens, and a closet; breakfast is included in the price; bathrooms are on each floor; no regular kitchen, but a small tea kitchen with a microwave and water boiler)
  • Individual Accommodation (flats and share apartments, hostels, and hotels are all options for students who are looking for their own accomodations)

How to apply 

  • Students first need to apply with Concordia to verify that the courses will be suitable for their program. Then students will apply with Freie Universität and will later choose courses and their accommodations.
  • The easiest way to apply is by using the Online Registration Form. https://sslsites.de/registration.fubis.org/?language=en&term=2 
  • A non-refundable program fee applies in addition to the tuition. The program fee is due along with the tuition, at the latest, one week after registration. The program fee includes:
    • Official FUBiS transcript (sealed copy sent to student's home address)
    • Guided tour through Reichstag Building and the Federal Parliament
    • River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin
    • Weekly Movietime presenting popular and well-known German Movies
    • Student ID (reduced prices for meals at the dining hall of the Freie Universität, student tickets for sights, museums etc.)
    • Access to libraries and computing (incl. internet/wifi) and printing facilities on the campus
    • Welcome and farewell buffet

 Excursions

  • River Boat Tour Through Downtown Berlin (June 7th, 2017; included in program fee)
  • Visit of the Reichstag building and the Federal Parliament (Date TBA; included in program fee)
  • Kreuzberg Tour (June 10th, 2017; 10 Euro)
  • Street Art Tour (June 10th, 2017; 10 Euro)
  • Daytrip to Leipzig (June 17th, 2017; 60 Euros)
  • Weekend excursion to Lübeck (June 24th-25th, 2017; 130 Euros)
  • Weekend excursion to Dresden (July 1st-2nd, 2017; 130 Euros)


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.