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Incomings: An die Freie Universität Berlin kommen

A warm welcome to new students joining us!


Applications must go to the local Erasmus coordinator at your home university, who will make the selection and nominate the students for participating in the exchange program.

About Semesters and Courses

At FU Berlin, the academic year is divided into two parts, called semesters. The lecture period of the winter semester starts mid-October and extends to mid-February. The lecture time of the summer semester starts mid-April and ends around July 20th. A number of courses are offered as blocks between each semester's lecture periods. This includes the intensive language courses. An exchange student usually will stay for one semester.

Available Courses

Exchange students are invited to attend all lectures and seminars which fit into their curriculum. Current course descriptions can be found in the course catalog of the university and of the department (more up-to-date). The final list of classes for the winter semester is usually available in June, and the classes for the summer semester in January. See the separate description for an advanced view of future courses, plus information on the ECTS credit points.

Language Requirements

Usually, lectures are given in German, English is the exception. The course language is specified in the course catalog in the course descriptions under the term "Unterrichtssprache/Course language".

Further Information

Tutor for International students and Mentoring

You may enjoy support provided by our Tutor for International Students and/or International Mentor.

At the end of your stay - Transcript of Records

A prerequisite for obtaining a transcript of records is your registration for all your courses in Campus Management.

To obtain the transcript of records, fill in the form (English version, German version) with the courses you have taken and the exams that you have passed (or that you are planning to take), and bring it to the Erasmus Coordinator. It will take a while (several months) until the transcript of records is issued, because all grades need to be entered and be visible in Campus Management.

Usually, the grades are entered into our Campus Management system only after the make-up exam (the second exam for those who failed the first exam) is graded. If you do not intend to take part in the make-up exam, you can ask your teachers to enter your grades as soon as they are known, in order to speed up the process.

Upon completion, the transcript of records will be sent to your home university. You may also get a scanned copy, if you prefer to have one.