Freie Universität Berlin 

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Date of Establishment


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University Type


Best Known For

Political Science

Lecture Mode

Physical, Hybrid


The Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) was founded in 1948 and has its main campus in Dahlem, Berlin. In terms of student population, it is one of the top 20 universities in Germany. During the Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012, Freie Universität was named Berlin's first "Excellence University." As a member of the Berlin University Alliance, the FU Berlin was included in the second funding line of the Excellence Strategy in 2019. According to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the university is the most popular place for top international scientists and young academics to study in Germany. Freie Universität, as a full university, offers over 150 courses in a wide range of subjects through eleven departments and four central institutes. The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is a medical school affiliated with both Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. The Dahlem Research School (DRS) is the umbrella institute at Freie Universität Berlin that brings together outstanding structured doctoral courses. At Freie Universität, the main research areas are organized in various structures, such as interdisciplinary focus areas, clusters of excellence, and collaborative research centers. Freie Universität thrives as an international network university on its diverse contacts with universities and organizations in Germany and abroad, which provide critical incentive to research and teaching.Today, Freie Universität is well connected globally, with approximately 100 university-wide partnerships, approximately 330 university partnerships in the Erasmus mobility network, and approximately 45 institute partnerships. Every year, approximately 600 international scientists contribute to the diversity of teaching and research at Freie Universität. Due to the history of its founding, Freie Universität still bears the terms truth, justice, and freedom in its seal to this day.

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Summer, Winter

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Application Mode :

Uni-assist, Online

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Highly competitive

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