Course Access and Course Composition at the Law Department of Freie Universität Berlin

Erasmus students

Erasmus students have a free course choice. There are no mandatory courses and they can take as many courses as they wish. Erasmus students can take courses according to their individual interest and according to the rules set by their home university. We suggest 30 ECTS-credits per term.

Themis students

Themis students are required to take 30 ECTS-credits worth of courses (inclu­ding exams) from our English-taught course program in International Law and Business Law. They need to attempt exams worth of 30 cre­dits seriously and 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 course from our regular German-taught legal 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.

Overseas students and students from other exchange programs (i.e. DAAD scholars)

Overseas exchange students and students from other exchange programs have a free course choice. There are no mandatory courses and they can take as many courses as they wish. If you belong to this group, you can take courses according to your individual interest and according to the rules set by your home university. We suggest 30 ECTS-credits per term.

Each law student is allowed to take a maximum of two soft skills courses throughout his/her studies at the Law School of Freie Universität Berlin. This rule also applies to incoming exchange students from partner universities.

Erasmus students:

Unfortunately not. You will be allowed to choose among a large number of law courses.

In addition to that you can take one German language course (level A2 to C1) per semester and courses from the cultural program for incoming exchange students ("Berlin and Germany in a European Perspective") that the FU Incoming Team presented to you during the orientation days.

Themis students:

Unfortunately not. If you speak German though, you will be allowed to take one German language course (level A2 - C1) in addition to your Themis courses.

Overseas students in Law-to-Law exchange programs:

Unfortunately not. You will be allowed to choose among a large number of law courses.

In addition to that you can take one German language course (level A2 to C1) per semester and courses from the cultural program for incoming exchange students ("Berlin and Germany in a European Perspective") that the FU Incoming Team presented to you during the orientation days.

Should you not know, if you are a participant of a Law-to-Law or of a university-wide exchange program, please ask the International Office at the Law Department.

Overseas students in university-wide exchange programs and DAAD scholars:

Yes, you are allowed to take courses from all departments and study programs for which you have been enrolled at Freie Universität Berlin. One German language course (level A2 to C1) and courses from the cultural program for incoming exchange students ("Berlin and Germany in a European Perspective") are also open to you.

However, courses from continuing education Master's programs (with tuition) might be excluded.

Should you not know, if you are a participant of a Law-to-Law or of a university-wide exchange program, please ask the International Office at the Law Department.

Unfortunately not. The courses from our Master's programs are only available to the (fee-paying) students who have been admitted to these programs.

No. You can work independently in our library and you don't have to take courses.

However, you should keep in mind that we will not be able to provide you with a supervisor and that you won't get ECTS-credits from Freie Universität Berlin for doing research. Please check with your home university, if this will be a problem.

Erasmus students:

Unfortunately not. Please choose courses from your own study program.

Students from other exchange programs (i.e. direct exchange students from university-wide exchange agreements, DAAD scholars):

Yes, you are allowed to take courses from all departments and study programs that you've been enrolled for at Freie Universität Berlin. However, courses from our continuing education Master's programs are available to (fee-paying) Master's students only.