Free University of Berlin Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,,Germany

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Srishti Chatterjee

The Free University of Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) is one of the 13 German universities funded through the German government’s Excellence Strategy. It receives EUR 340 million annual funding from the government and over EUR 130 million as external funding. Founded in the late-1940s, FU Berlin is a leading research university that submitted a joint proposal, along with its Berlin partners like TU Berlin, Humboldt, and Charité, entitled Crossing Boundaries for an Integrated Research Environment. As a result, the Berlin University Alliance won funding as the only University Consortium of Excellence. These institutions’ ultimate goal is to turn Berlin into an integrated research environment, thereby making it one of Europe’s leading research hubs. FU Berlin ensures research and practical opportunities are available to all students. Through the Dahlem Research School, FU Berlin promotes the training and development of junior scholars and scientists. The university has partnerships with over 100 universities worldwide, and 17 percent of students from the exchange programs are from different countries. In the past decade, FU Berlin has been a part of comprehensive and vibrant joint research projects in various fields. It also has multiple Collaborative Research Centers (DFG) – nine as the host university, 10 as a participating institution, and four as a part of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. In 2018-2019, it had an academic staff of 358 part-time and 127 full-time faculty, and the numbers continue to grow with each passing year.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

FU Berlin has 16 academic departments and central institutes that offer over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects. It has 73 undergraduate degree programs, 105 master’s programs, and 52 doctoral programs. All undergraduate programs are taught in German only except the Mono-Bachelor North American Studies course. At the master’s level, 23 courses are taught in English offered by FU Berlin or jointly through other universities.

To know more about courses taught in English, visit this link:

You can also check out other courses through this online course catalog:

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

For undergraduate programs, FU Berlin requirements differ depending on the course and major. It accepts 10+3 years of education degree, i.e., either grade 12 qualification and a one or two-diploma in the respective subject or a grade 10 qualification with a three-year diploma. For international applicants, a German language proficiency test score is compulsory as all UG programs are offered in German only. The university accepts any one of these as proof of German language proficiency:

For the Mono-Bachelor North American Studies course, any one of the English proficiency test scores is required:

  • IELTS: Overall 5.0 or higher
  • Cambridge CAE/CPE: B2 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT: 80 or higher

Note: Exact score requirements will vary depending on the course. Check the official website for more details.

For graduate programs, each department has different admissions requirements. Thus, score requirements will vary as per course or choice of major apart from a mandatory bachelor’s or master’s degree, which should be equivalent to the country’s standard of education. German or English proficiency tests are required depending on the medium of instruction of the selected course. Check the respective school website for details.


English proficiency tests accepted

TOEFL: 80 or higher

IELTS: Overall 5.0 or higher


Cambridge CAE/CPE: B2 or higher

German proficiency tests accepted





German proficiency in CEFR: C1 or higher

Apart from this, some standardized test scores may be mandatory for particular courses, while some courses may be test-optional. Check the website for details.

What all documents are needed for application?

All documents submitted during the application process need to be original drafts and in English or translated into English. Students should also get their documents evaluated by trusted credential evaluators.

For UG aspirants, the following documents are required:


For PG students:

  • Academic transcripts
  • German or English proficiency score report
  • Standardized test score report
  • Resume/CV
  • Essays or SOP, as per course requirement
  • Two to three LORs
  • Additional or optional supplements such as cover letter, video statement, portfolios, etc.
  • Financial documents
  • Proof of German statutory health insurance
  • Fee waiver form, if any

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

Students applying to undergraduate courses at FU Berlin through the Uniassist need to pay a non-refundable amount of EUR 75. For the first desired course of study, the application fee is EUR 75 through Uniassist, and for each additional course, it is an extra EUR 30. International graduate applicants need to apply through the Uniassist as well. Thus, the application fee is the same as for UG – EUR 75 (non-refundable).

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

International students do not need to pay any tuition fee at FU Berlin except for some graduate and continuing education programs. Students only need to pay certain fees and charges each semester. For Winter 2020-2021, these compulsory charges are as follows:

  • Enrollment fee/re-registration fee: EUR 50
  • Contribution to Studierendenwerk Berlin: EUR 54.09
  • Contribution to the student union: EUR 18.80
  • Contribution to Semesterticket (unlimited public transport travel in Berlin): EUR 20
  • Transportation ticket contribution (tariff area ABC): EUR 198.80, includes EUR 5 of the Social Fund

Note: These fees and charges are subject to change. Check the university website for the current academic year fee structure.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

FU Berlin does not provide any scholarship or financial aid to international students. However, there are individual and private scholarships and awards that can be availed by international students. For Indian students, scholarship programs like DAAD and a few alumni scholarships are also available. If a student is pursuing any doctorate program, then the expenses or costs will be covered as per the amount dispersed as a research grant. However, these students are not allowed to work as per university rules. For details on this, visit the respective course and school website.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

FU Berlin has two intakes across all types of programs – Summer and Winter. Deadlines for undergraduate programs are as follows: 

Undergraduate Programs








For graduate programs, each department and course has a different deadline; however, intake-wise deadlines are as follows:

Graduate Programs






June or August

Note: Check the official website for current academic year deadlines.

How to apply to UG courses?

You can apply to FU Berlin through the Uni-assist portal. Uni-assist takes three to four weeks to process your application and forward it to the university. Thus, the university advises students to apply well in advance. There is no interview involved, and you can track your application status through the Uni-assist only.

How to apply to PG courses?

International students need to apply through the Uni-assist portal only. The process is similar to that of undergraduate admissions. No interview is required. For international students with an existing FU Berlin degree, the admission process can be done through its application portal. For more information on this, visit the university website and follow the given instructions.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

For undergraduate programs, the university generally releases its decisions by:

Undergraduate Programs







For graduate programs, FU Berlin reverts to applications as PDF documents through the application portal.

Graduate Programs






July or September

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What are the chances to get into this university?

The Free University of Berlin does not specify any particular criteria for consideration of a student profile. However, it looks for a student with a strong academic record, practical/work experience in the relevant field, and varied interests. Language proficiency tests are compulsory, as most of the courses are taught in German. Also, it will be useful for students to communicate and move around the city. Yet, getting admission is quite challenging, mainly due to the high volumes of applications and competitive applicant pool.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

In 2018-2019, FU Berlin admitted 33,000 students in its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and 4,000 doctoral students. Out of the total doctoral students, 35 percent were international students.


Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

International students enrolled in full-time degree programs can work for a maximum of 90 days (or 180 half days) per year. An exception to the 90 days rule is made for students working as student assistants or student tutors. They do not require a work permit nor are restricted to the working hours, given that there is a close association between their studies and their part-time employment. Also, internships do not fall under the 120-days rule, and no separate permission is required for internships that are a part of a degree program.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

The Free University of Berlin has four campuses in Berlin city – Campus Dahlem (main), Geocampus Lankwitz, Düppel, and Campus Benjamin Franklin. The university has 11 academic departments, one joint medical school with Humboldt University, and four transdisciplinary central institutes.


Is on-campus housing available?

FU Berlin mainly offers accommodation to international exchange and program students as well as international visiting scholars. For regular degree students, it has a minimal number of accommodation options. Thus, students need to apply for housing at the earliest because the rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Apart from this, the university offers a contact point for the accommodation of international guest scientists. More information on this can be found here. Living costs for international students will depend on a student’s requirements and preferences. Thus, a student can expect to spend EUR 600-700 per month on rent, grocery, leisure, etc. Students need to prove that this monthly amount is at their disposal, independent of any job, to obtain a residence permit for study purposes. Check the official website for more details on this.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

Address: Freie Universität Berlin, Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin, Germany


Contact No: +49-30-838-1

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