Combining mandatory German language instruction and a varied menu of content courses taught in English and German, the FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) program is intended to be an accessible opportunity to a wide range of potential participants. Using its concept of the “extended classroom”, the program’s goal is to link high-quality academic instruction with a broader international experience, encompassing elements of culture, society, history, and politics, in Berlin, in Germany, and in (Central) Europe generally.
Berlin, Germany offers a rich, dynamic, multicultural metropolis with 3.4 million inhabitants. The city offers countless museums and world-renowned orchestras, opera houses, and theaters as well as ample recreational opportunity in parks, forests, and at the area’s many lakes.
Courses are taught mostly in English by expert faculty, covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, legal studies, architecture, environmental studies, transatlantic relations, business, music history, and philosophy.
It is mandatory for all students to enroll in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Housing & Meals
The FU-BEST program offers three housing options: Homestay (including breakfast and dinner); fully furnished single occupancy studio apartments; and independently arranged housing.
The apartments utilized by the FU-BEST program are located about 30-45 minutes by bus and metro from the program site. This is not at all unusual, since German (and more generally, European) universities tend to be commuter-student institutions. The apartments are single-occupancy studio apartments, each one with one living room/bedroom, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided for the dual-use couch-beds
Student Services Support
Freie Universität Berlin offers a large number of resources, including advisory services, counseling services and academic services. The Academic Advisory Services offers students and prospective students individual appointments for advice regarding their studies on such topics as whether to enroll at university, what subject best suits them, and where to best enroll; lack of knowledge or specific prerequisites, doubt over chances of admission; orientation for newly enrolled students, selection of the wrong major, problems in coordinating courses, alternatives to quitting without a degree. In addition, Freie Universität also has other counseling services for students with more diverse issues and challenges that may arise during the course of their studies.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
In order to be accepted into an Adelphi study abroad program students are required to:
Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to apply to study abroad at FU-BEST.
Schedule a mandatory meeting with a study abroad advisor by emailing email@example.com.
- Complete the Adelphi study abroad application. Click APPLY NOW below.
- Once the Adelphi Study Abroad application is completed, proceed to complete the FU-BEST online application.
Meet with your academic advisor to explore programs and course options. It is important that the school you are interested offers the courses you need to take in order to graduate on time.
Select the courses you are interested in enrolling in and fill out the AU Course Equivalency Form. Courses must be approved before you depart for your program.
Spring: October 15
Fall: March 15
FU-BEST Application Deadlines:
Spring: November 1
Fall: April 1
Scholarships: 100% Adelphi academic scholarships apply during the fall and spring terms. Students pay their regular Adelphi tuition and fees (housing is paid directly to Freie Universitat).
Students should carefully review their finances when considering a study abroad opportunity. Please set up an appointment with Adelphi University's Student Financial Services (basement of Levermore) to understand how studying abroad will impact your financial aid and scholarship package.
All students studying abroad with Freie Universitat are automatically enrolled in the German Insurance Package. You will also need to enroll in the CISI international Insurance, a worldwide coverage plan. For more information about CISI insurance please contact the CIE office.
All students studying in Germany have to apply for a study visa (Visum zu Studienzwecken) at the German Embassy in their home country prior to studies in the Federal Republic of Germany. Further information about visa regulations will be made available once you are admitted into the program.
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