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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Website Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CMU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: 3. Direct/External Programs Language of Instruction: English, German
Abroad Opportunities: Study Abroad
Program Description:
Freie Universität Berlin  -  FU BEST (Berlin European Studies)

•             Based on the U.S. academic calendar, FU-BEST offers a strong intensive German language program, covering all levels, as well as an exciting menu of over 30 content courses taught mostly in English but also in part in German. The programs is particularly interesting for Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and Business students. Please follow this link to information (including syllabi) regarding our subject courses:
•             There is no language prerequisite for participation in this program, but all participants are obligated to enroll on-site in German language training at their particular level, ranging from absolute beginner to advanced.
•             The content courses cover topics from a variety of disciplines, ranging from political science, history, philosophy, and sociology to music history, architecture, film studies, marketing/management, environmental studies, sociology, and art history.
•             Every semester features a week-long off-site excursion, as well as many local field-trips, cultural events, and related opportunities.
•             Participants are housed in homestays or single-occupancy apartments, but may also opt out of these choices if they set up their own housing sufficiently in advance of the program.
•             The cost of this program is, by current standards in higher education, quite affordable in our view, enabling a growing number of students to participate. See for details. Students study on an actual university campus, not at a separate non-university-related site.
•             The application deadline for participation in the Fall semester is April 1, and November 1 for the Spring semester. Students may apply directly to FU-BEST (after approval at their home institution) or via their home college/university (especially where an institutional partnership exists). More than 40 U.S. colleges and universities have concluded partnership agreements with the FU-BEST program since its inception in 2005, including the University of Pittsburgh, by the way.
•             For full details on courses as well as other features of the program and application materials, please visit and click on the many links to all the information and documents.