Freie Universität Berlin

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Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 by professors and students, in response to the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. The idea of founding a free university found widespread support in the international community, including financial support.


The future development concept of Freie Universität is based on three key strategic centers: the Center for Research Strategy, which focuses on research planning; the Center for International Cooperation; and the Dahlem Research School, which supports next-generation academic talent.


The main features of Freie Universität’s research activities include the broad variety of global academic and scientific cooperation arrangements in place as part of alliance projects and networks with other entities active in research, alongside the university’s innovative support concepts for junior scholars and scientists and the scope of the external funding the university raises.


Freie Universität Berlin is not only the site of education for over 30,000 students across 11 departments, but also offers a wide array of possibilities for those just starting out in a particular occupation, such as vocational training, opportunities for cooperative academic education and vocational training, and traineeships in administration.

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Student services

The Student Services Center is open throughout the year. You can contact the Info-Service Studium without pre-registration. The service at the Info-Counter Mensa II (Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26) is available at the same time. The office hours of all further service facilities are listed below.

The central contact point for all kind of requests about your studies is located in Iltisstr. 4, subway station Dahlem-Dorf. On the ground floor employees of the Info-Service Studium receive the visitors. On the first and second floor the offices of the General Academic Advising, the Psychological Counseling and the International Student Mobility.

Housing services

We arrange accommodation for international exchange and program students as well as international visiting scholars of Freie Universität Berlin. We have a certain number of accommodation available for student accommodation, for which you can register via this website. Please note: The number of accommodations is limited, the distribution is based on the "first-come-first-served" principle. If all options are written off, the registration closes.

Library services

At 2.5 million items, the University Library is the largest lending library at Freie Universität Berlin. A wide range of databases, electronic journals and e-books is provided.The library portal Primo is the central search interface for searching and accessing local and outside resources, such as books, e-books, journal articles, etc.; the Primo mega-index contains nearly one billion datasets.

ICT services

Here you will find IT services for students and employees of Freie Universität Berlin, as well as for guests and students in exchange programs.The IT supply of Freie Universität Berlin is based on a cooperative supply concept with 4 central IT service providers: CeDiS, eAS, UB and ZEDAT are the central IT departments of Freie Universität Berlin. 

Medical services

Unlike in many other countries, you are not obliged to register with a doctor in Germany, but you can choose your doctor yourself. In addition to general practitioners (Hausärzte), there are specialists. If you have to consult a doctor it is best to ask acquaintances for advice. 

Student Life

Campus life

Freie Universität Berlin has four main campuses. To help you find your way around, we have compiled brief descriptions, addresses, and maps of the four main campuses and other important institutions.

The Campuses of Freie Universität Berlin: Dahlem, Lankwitz, Düppel, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Benjamin Franklin Campus.

Sports facilities

The KRAFTKLUB at the GeoCampus in Lankwitz offers a versatile range of cardio and weight machines for a variable total body workout on a training area of around 200 square meters. We have the right offer for everyone. Whether dance class, relaxation workshop or catamaran sailing on Rügen, we fulfill your leisure time needs! In addition to many course offers in the health sector, we promote your health and exercise through the project "move4health" directly in the Unialltag. Regardless of whether in the office or in the sports hall, university sports offers specifically interesting sports and exercise programs specifically for employees of the FU.

Student clubs

Since 1990, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany has sponsored more than 80 Local Student ERASMUS Initiatives at German universities. At Freie Universität Berlin, a group of FU students voluntarily organizes the DAAD-affiliated International Club. Not only do these students take care of incoming students who are in Berlin for a semester or more, they also help outgoing students prepare their studies abroad. 


The system of accreditation was implemented in Germany on the part of the German Rectors' Conference within the framework of the Bologna Process which aims at creating a collective European space for higher education. 

The system is designed to secure the quality of academics and teaching acccording to collective European standards. The process of accrediation is completed by an agency for accreditation. At the end of this process, the Accrediation Council awards their seal of approval to the respective degree program.

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