Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of eleven German universities successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. Its future development strategy is focused around three strategic centers: for cluster development, for international cooperation, and for graduate studies.

Like many other German universities, Freie Universität Berlin pre-checks applications from prospective foreign students with non-German general university entrance qualifications through uni-assist. Foreign students also need to have a proof of German language proficiency. If the student’s educational background is not sufficient for admission to Freie Universität Berlin, a transition year at a Studienkolleg may be an alternative.

Exchange Students and Scholarships

Detailed information on funding for international students in Germany may be obtained from the database of the German Academic Exchange Service .The Freie Universität Berlin does not award any grants or scholarships. Students who are not German nationals will obtain grants according to federal legislation only in exceptional cases.

A central objective of Freie Universität Berlin is to establish, extend, and coordinate international relationships. The International Office ( is responsible for implementing exchange, scholarship, and mobility programs and for supervising foreign guests.
Freie Universität Berlin has over 130 partner universities.

Freie Universität Berlin
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