Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for its undergraduate FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) program for Fall 2017 and beyond.
Based on the U.S. academic calendar, FU-BEST offers a strong intensive German language program as well as an exciting menu of content courses taught mostly in English but also in part in German.
There is no language prerequisite for participation in this program, but all participants are obligated to enroll on-site in German language training at their particular level.
· A “GermanPLUS” module is available for students at the Advanced German language level: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/prog/germanplus/index.html.
The content courses cover topics from a variety of disciplines, ranging from political science, history, philosophy, and sociology to music history, architecture, film studies, marketing/management, environmental studies, sociology, and art history.
· New courses starting in 2017: “Green Business: German and European Sustainable Entrepreneurship” (http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/prog/courses/33_Green-Business.html), “Heritage of the Reformation in Germany and Europe” (http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/prog/courses/32_The_Reformation_Heritage.html), and “Migration: Dynamics and Controversies in Europe and Berlin” (http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/prog/courses/34_migration.html).
· An internship option, tied to academic credit, is available after every Spring semester:http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/prog/internships/index.html.
The very reasonably priced program has hosted participants from a wide range of mostly U.S. colleges and universities, featuring almost 50 formal institutional partnerships. Student feedback has been very positive.
Every semester features a week-long off-site excursion (in the case of Fall 2017, the participant group will be divided in three and will travel to Netherlands/Belgium, Dresden/Prague, and Krakow/Warsaw, respectively), as well as local field-trips and cultural events.
· Participants are housed in homestays or single-occupancy apartments, but may also opt out of these choices if they set up their own housing sufficiently in advance of the program.
Our application deadline for participation in the Fall 2017 semester is April 1, and November 1 for the Spring 2018 semester. Please note, however, that different deadlines may apply at different U.S. institutions.
Students may apply directly to FU-BEST (after approval at their home institution) or via their home college/university (especially where an institutional partnership exists).
For full details on courses as well as other features of the program and application materials, please visit www.fubest.org and click on the many links to all the information and documents (including course syllabi).