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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: UIC applicants only

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Marlee Stein (stein11@uic.edu) Program Model: Direct Enrollment
Program Features: Study Click here for a definition of this term Academic Areas: Film Studies, Germanic Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies
Open to Non-Degree: No Academic Standing: Undergraduate
Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore Mininum GPA: 2.8
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German Language Prerequisite: none
Provider Sponsor: Freie Universitat
Program Description:
Program features

  An academic calendar consisting of two regular American-style Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-April) semesters, followed by the possibility of enrollment in the FU's Sommersemester (April-July) for students with German language skills at the upper-intermediate or advanced level. Sommersemester enrollment is an option only after completion of at least one regular FU-BEST semester (fall or spring) and passing a language qualification test. Participants can thus enroll in one, two or three semesters. FU-BEST participants from institutions with direct-exchange agreements with Freie Universität Berlin who are interested in the Sommersemester option should consult with FU-BEST staff regarding any special regulations that may be applicable to their enrollment.

Mandatory enrollment in German language, offered at all levels, during the Fall and Spring semesters (6-8 credit hours for intensive instruction at all levels and 3-4 credit hours for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment.

A menu of non-language courses (3 credit hours) taught mostly in English by expert faculty, covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, legal studies, architecture, environmental studies, transatlantic relations, business, music history, and philosophy.

Local field-trips as integral component of many of the courses, in addition to individualized assignments when feasible.A week-long excursion to Poland, Munich, Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Paris, London or other destinations (varying from semester to semester).

Opportunities for contact with German students and German society in general are made available during the semester.