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Berlin and German Studies Outside the Law Department

If you study at Freie Universität Berlin for one or two semesters in the context of an exchange program (Erasmus or direct exchange), you may sign up for courses in Berlin and German Studies.

Program: Courses in this program cover key aspects of German history, culture, and society in a European perspective, providing knowledge relevant to an understanding of current affairs, culture and everyday life in contemporary Berlin (and Germany more generally), help you acquire academic and intercultural skills which are useful in a German-speaking academic environment and give you more confidence regarding your spoken and written (academic) German.


  • All courses take place once per week (90 minutes), with up to 25 students per course. At the end of the semester, there is a written exam. Students get 5 ECTS credits per course.
  • About half of the courses are open to students from all academic fields, the other courses are especially for students in Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies. Most courses are taught in German (at B 1 or B 2 level), but there are also courses taught in English (B 2 level). The majority of courses is designed for undergraduate students; there is, however, one course especially for students at Master's level.

Course program in the summer term 2024
(You will be transferred to a website of Freie Universität Berlin outside the Law Department.)