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Education Abroad Office

Freie Universitat Berlin European Studies Program

Area: Global Direct
Location: Berlin
Country: Germany
Term: Fall, Spring, Academic Year

The UofSC direct-enroll program at FU-Best is designed to help American students gain first hand knowledge of life and culture in Germany. Freie Universität Berlin European Studies program is located in Berlin on the Lankwitz section of the FU-Best campus. Students will have the opportunity to get to know Germany very well and the 3.4 million residents of Berlin. FU-Best is located in a charming, quiet section of the city, yet within easy reach of the city's downtown areas.

Cost: program fee paid directly to host institution + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, undergraduate standing

Students pay tuition and fees to FU-Best at a rate determined by the host institution. Tuition and fees (which includes housing) will be around $10,000USD per semester. The cost of living will vary based on your lifestyle. Students should budget accordingly, and realize that all costs are estimates and may fluctuate based on the exchange rate.

Each course at FU-Best is worth 5 ECTS, or 2.5 UofSC credits. A student will need to make sure they take enough courses to cover full-time enrollment (i.e. 12 UofSC credits / 24 ECTS). Students will also be required to take a German Language course, but prior language knowledge is not required. 

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Local field trips are organized as part of many courses. Your tuition covers the cost for a transportation pass, museum pass, and other activities. A week-long excursion is planned during the semester. There are several opportunities for students to meet and spend time with local German students and the local community.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. Additionally, students must purchase the German insurance package, which is included in the program fee.

Students have several housing options. They can choose to live in a homestay with a local family, which includes breakfast and dinner. Or they can opt for a fully furnished, single-occupancy studio apartment.

The FU-Best calendar runs like a traditional US calendar with the fall semester beginning in September and ending in mid-December and the spring semester from January through mid-May. Students can study at FU-Best for the fall, spring, or academic year.

Orientation is required for all students attending FU-Best, and is held prior to the start of classes. Orientation dates are provided on the Master Calendar and more information is provided in the student handbook that is given to students when they are accepted into the program.

Students do not need a visa to study in Germany. However, students will be required to apply for a permit which extends the customary 3-month limit on stays by visitors; this permit is issued by the Office for Foreign Residents (Ausländerbehörde) in Berlin; the relevant forms will be completed on-site.

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