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.
Find a list of courses offered here.
It is mandatory for all students to enroll in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Why Study German?
Adelphi requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 to study abroad. FU-BEST has a 3.0 GPA requirement to be admitted into their program. If you do not meet these requirements and hope to study abroad, please email email@example.com.
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 Support Services
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
Students are required to submit an online application through the CIE website and must also complete a separate application to the study abroad university to which they are applying.
The application process can seem overwhelming, but here are some guidelines to follow:
- Attend a group advising session at the Center for International Education to obtain an overview of the study abroad process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Complete the Adelphi study abroad application. Click the APPLY NOW button on this page. If you are not sure of which program you want to apply for, complete the general application here.
- Schedule a mandatory meeting with a study abroad advisor by emailing email@example.com.
- 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.
- Apply directly to FU-BEST. Find the FU-BEST application online.
Adelphi Application Deadlines:
Spring: October 15
Fall: March 15
FU-BEST Application Deadlines:
Spring: November 1
Fall: April 1
Students are responsible for their own travel documents, including obtaining a passport and researching entry regulations.
- All students need a valid passport with an expiration date at least six months after your return.
- If you are a citizen of another country, please work with appropriate consulate general for study abroad destination in order to identify and obtain appropriate entry documents. Email the Center for International Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need assistance.
- For students maintaining F-1 international student status, interested in participating in a study abroad program, the following must be completed:
- Contact the Office of International Student Services in order to review your I-20, passport and F-1 visa for review and guidance for participation.
- Request a travel endorsement signature valid for re-entry into the United States.
- Maintain valid F-1 status
- Students studying abroad at FU-BEST for the fall or spring semester receive 100% of their Adelphi academic scholarships.
- Students pay tuition and fees directly to Adelphi University. All other costs, including housing, are paid directly to the appropriate entity.
- 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.
- Read the full Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarships policy here.
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.
- Adelphi Univeristy offers several study abroad tuition scholarships. Find more information here.
- Students who receive a Pell Grant are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers up to $5,000 in scholarship funds for study abroad.
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. Adelphi University has a contract with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), which provides worldwide health insurance coverage. Contact the Center for International Education for more information.
Health and Safety
- Students are responsible for their own physical and mental health while studying abroad and are encouraged to meet with a healthcare provider prior to travel.
- Find updated travel advisories and alerts posted by the U.S. Department of State here.
- For updated health information pertaining to your study abroad destination, visit the CDC.
- All study abroad students are advised to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. Department of State that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.