Courses for Exchange Students at the Law Department
Lecture Course in Lecture Hall 3
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The Law Department of Freie Universität Berlin offers a variety of interesting courses to its guest students.
The following list of courses is an overview which courses international exchange students can expect. Similar courses will be available in each academic year, however slight changes in the number of ECTS-credits and even in the availability of courses may occur.
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue (with dates, time schedules, venues, and instructors' names) will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February for winter semester courses and from late February to mid August for summer semester courses. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft" in order to access the Law courses.
Guidelines for ERASMUS students and for ERASMUS Mundus students: The Law Department of Freie UniversitätBerlin allows ERASMUS students and ERASMUS Mundus students to freely choose their classes. There are no mandatory courses to attend and no minimum ECTS credits that need to be obtained. ERASMUS students and ERASMUS Mundus students can decide which and how many subjects they want to complete. The rules of the respective home university are important, and students should ask the ERASMUS (Mundus) Coordinator at their home universities before their departure to Berlin. ERASMUS students and ERASMUS Mundus students are supposed to select the majority of their courses from our German-taught course program. In addition to the courses taught in German, they may select one or two courses per semester taught in English. Advice for ERASMUS students and for ERASMUS Mundus students, who study another subject in addition to law at their home university: The ERASMUS partnerships and ERASMUS Mundus admissions are only related to places for studying law. As a result, subjects at other Departments (for example Economics or Politics) cannot be attended. There can be exceptions for individual circumstances, and after the exchange students' arrival these can be personally agreed upon with the students and class teachers. However we are unable to guarantee entry into non-law related classes. ERASMUS students and ERASMUS Mundus students who are enrolled for other disciplines (not for Law) cannot be admitted to Law courses.
Guidelines for Themis students: Themis students are required to take 30 ECTS worth of courses (including exams) from our English-taught course program in International Law and Business Law. They need to pass at least 24 exam credits in order to qualify for the 'Joint Certificate in International and Business Law'. Themis students who are fluent in German may choose one non-accredited Themis class from our regular German-taught course program. This subject must have a focus on business law, comparative law, or international law. German language courses do not count towards the Themis credit requirement.
Guidelines for Direct Exchange Students (students from Australia, North America, South America, Africa und Asia as well as DAAD scholars): The Law Department at Freie UniversitätBerlin allows direct exchange students to freely choose their classes. There are no mandatory courses to attend and no minimum ECTS credits that need to be obtained. Each exchange student can decide which and how many subjects he/she wants to complete. The rules of the respective home university are important, and students should ask their coordinator at their home universities before their departure to Berlin.
At the Law Department of Freie Universität Berlin students do not have to register for courses via the electronic Campus Management system. As most of the courses are given as lectures, exchange students do not have to register in advance for most of their courses. However, registration may be necessary for small classes (i.e. seminars, soft skills courses). Guest students should check the course descriptions in the course list given above and - if necessary - register via e-mail before they arrive in Berlin. Registration for reading classes, practicals and tutorials can be done during the first week of the lecture period. The registration process is explained by the ERASMUS Office / International Office during orientation week (the second week in October or April).
Change of Course Selection
Subject selection can still be changed after arrival in Berlin. According to our experience, guest students generally take two to three weeks time to try out many courses before they confirm their final subject selection.