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Program Description:
FU-BEST Freie University Berlin
Karina von Tippelskirch
Germany is a founding member of the European Union, and with over 82 million people it has the largest population among the EU member states. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck's German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has. The Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) is located at Freie Universität (FU), one of Germany’s premier institutions of higher education. The university is located in an area called Dahlem, approximately 30 minutes from the center of Berlin by the U-bahn and buses. The FU-BEST Program is located in a large villa on FU campus.

Program Details
 
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: early January to late April

Academics
Students are required to take either 6-8 credits of intensive German or 3-4 credits of non-intensive (for beginners only). Most FU-BEST elective courses are taught in English, in such disciplines as cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, comparative religion, and philosophy. Course registration for the FU-BEST program takes place on a first-come first-serve basis, so it is to your advantage to turn in your application early. Courses and grades from FU-BEST will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.


Living Arrangements
You have the choice of living in a homestay or in a single apartment in Akademia Residenz, alongside local and international students studying at one of Berlin's various universities. Homestays includes breakfast and dinner. Apartments are a 50 minute commute to the campus and a 20 minute commute to the center of Berlin. Cable internet is available in all apartments and WIFI access is provided in the ground floor common areas. Housing is included in your program fee, but you are responsible for the security deposit if you choose to live in an apartment.

Please note: SU students are not permitted to "opt out" of the two FU-BEST housing options and rent an apartment independently.

Visa
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany, but international students who are not from Canada or the EU will most likely need a visa in order to enter Germany.  FU-BEST will provide some support during the application process, but each student is responsible for obtaining their own visa. All non-EU participants are required to apply in Berlin for a permit which extends the customary 3-month limit on stays by visitors.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except Work Study. The program fee includes housing, some meals with homestay, on-site orientation, a monthly public transportation pass, events and a one week-long excursion, course materials, pre-departure meeting, International ID card, and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. For program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
FU Best Freie U Berlin Budgets 2018-2019.pdf

Contact
Cara Hardy, Counselor, crhardy@syr.edu  

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and FU-BEST application.

Please note: due to the limited number of spaces in this program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date.


Syracuse University
FU-BEST
  • Download and complete the FU-BEST application. Check the FU-BEST website for the application deadline. 
  • Follow FU-BEST instructions for how to submit your competed application.
  • Follow FU-BEST instructions for supplemental documents.
Website
FU-BEST


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2019 05/17/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.