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Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Once divided, Berlin is once again the center of German politics, arts, and cultural life and the gateway to Eastern Europe. It is an East-West metropolis with something for everyone. Traverse the streets of Berlin and you will find the monumental Brandenburg Gate, the shops and bustling commerce on the Ku'damm and the hip Hackesche Hoefe district. In the Tiergarten the "House of World Cultures" presents a wealth of events and exhibitions featuring cultures from outside Europe.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available in the FU-BEST program, you should visit the FU-BEST website.
When looking for courses, please note that prior knowledge of German is not required for this program, but there is mandatory enrollment in a German language course. German language classes are offered at all levels. For the intensive, double-course track (Beginner to Advanced German you will receive 6-8 RU credits. For the single course track (Experiential/Elementary track) you will receive 3-4 RU credits.
You can choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, architecture, philosophy, and film studies. Please note: Books and readers are included in your fees and distributed on-site in Berlin.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the FU-BEST and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at FU-BEST. Please note that the U.S. credit conversion listed on the FU-BEST website differs from Rutgers credit equivalencies. Furthermore, courses that have 65 contact hours are worth 4 Rutgers credits and courses with 45 contact hours are worth 3 Rutgers credits. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late April
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the FU-BEST web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
There are two housing options through the FU-BEST Program. You can choose to live in a fully furnished apartment or stay with a local German family. The apartments are fully furnished single-occupancy apartments, each one with its own bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided. Participants must bring their own towels. Each apartment also contains a TV-set and a coffee-maker. These apartments are about 30 minutes by bus and metro from the program site. You are in charge of all your own meals when selecting this option. You can have daily access the Mensa (the name of Freie University’s dining hall) during the weekday. The meals are inexpensive and you can purchase a meal card at the Mensa.
If you choose to stay with a local family, you will have your own key and your own room. Bathroom (and other facilities) may or may not be shared with others in the home. The homestay includes breakfast and dinner.
For more information about housing options, please visit the FU-BEST website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
DAAD Undergraduate Awards- Available to students studying in Germany. For more information please visit the DAAD website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.