Visit Germany! FU-BEST: Fall Semester 2019

Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) is currently accepting applications for its undergraduate program for Fall 2019 and beyond. The application deadline is April 1, 2019! For participation in the Spring 2020 semester, the application deadline is November 1, 2019.  

Based on the U.S. academic calendar, FU-BEST offers a strong intensive German language program as well as an exciting menu of subject courses taught in English. 

There is no German language prerequisite for participation in the program, but all participants are obligated to enroll on-site in German language training at their particular level.

The subject 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.

A "GermanPLUS+" module that offers subject classes taught in German and special language classes is available for students at the Advanced German language level:
An internship option, tied to academic credit, is available after every Spring semester:  

Every semester features a week-long off-site excursion 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.

The program enjoys a high recommendation rate and has hosted participants from a wide range of mostly U.S. colleges and universities, featuring almost 50 formal institutional partnerships.  

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). Institutions wishing to become official partners of the program are invited to contact Dr. Dirk Verheyen at

For full details on courses (including course syllabi) as well as other features of the program and application materials, please visit

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments you might have.