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What distinguishes us – 10 arguments for the School of Business & Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin

1. A course of studies with a highly scientific aim.

We guarantee you, as a student of our Bachelor’s and Master’s studies, a university education with a recognized, high scientific standard. A standard by which we would like to be measured. We expect from our students that they will become involved in their studies with scientific curiosity and conduct them with an appetite for performance. We would like you to profit from the broad choice of scientific offerings in our School.


2. Strong in research.

Universities distinguish themselves, as opposed to colleges of applied sciences, through the union of research and teaching. Thus current research results can be shared in the teaching by the researchers themselves. This is why universities are measured primarily by their successes in research. The Freie Universität has a long tradition in international research involving external financing. Concerning externally financed research, the School of Business & Economics has distinguished itself with an extremely large number of projects that are financially supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the most renowned German sponsor of research. As a rule, outstanding dissertations result from these projects.


3. Strong partners.

Cooperation with the economic departments of the John.-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, of the Institute for Latin-American Studies, of the Institute for East-European Studies and, the legal and geographic sciences departments, which regularly hold events at our School, provides for an interdisciplinary and broad offering of subjects. Furthermore, cooperation exists with non-university research establishments, like the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and various Max-Planck- and Leibniz-Institutes.


4. The Freie Universität Berlin. One of the largest German universities.

The large number of specialties at the FU Berlin offers you, as a student in our School, excellent opportunities to look into disciplines in the neighborhood of Business & Economics: Law and Politics, Sociology and Philosophy, History and Information Sciences, Educational Sciences, and Psychology are only some of the fields of knowledge that you can cross repeatedly on your way through the division of business administration and economics. The School of Business & Economics at the Freie Universtität Berlin consists of comparatively many professorships and departments. This allows you as a student to choose from a large number of courses in the areas of Business Administration and Economics and to combine disciplines.


5. International. From the very outset.

Over the decades, the School of Business & Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin has networked closely with international business establishments and organizations in economics, science and society. Renowned scientists from national and international universities stay at our School for presentations, seminars or guest teaching positions or guest professorships. Research centers, such as the doctoral program “Research on Organizational Paths” (www.pfadkolleg.de), sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and residing in the division of business administration, have developed into discussion forums in international research because of their interdisciplinary and international orientation. The Deutsche Bundesbank endowed chair is regularly occupied by internationally renowned scientists from the area of monetary theory and policy, and international finances.


6. Rankings.

The division of Business Administration at the Freie Universität Berlin belongs to the strongest and most renowned business divisions of all German universities; it regularly stands among the foremost places in the rankings. In view of its research output, the Department of Economics regularly reaches the foremost places in the current rankings as well. According to the current “Handelsblatt-Ökonomen-Ranking” (Handelsblatt economist rankings), some of the professors with the strongest economic research in Germany - Kai Konrad, Helmut Bester, and Giacomo Corneo - work here.


7. Libraries at the FU Berlin.

With a media inventory of around 8.5 million volumes (2.2 million in the university library) and 20,000 ongoing magazines and journals, the library system of the FU Berlin is the largest of all the German universities. The School of Business & Economic’s library, which is a part of this system, distinguishes itself through one of the largest German-language collections and offers students multifaceted research support. Get an glance on our library through a virtual tour.


8. Econet. The network of the School of Business & Economics’ alumni at the FU Berlin.

Econet is the chapter of the Ernst-Reuter Association (ERG) in which graduates (alumni) of our School have joined together – an outstanding contact register for our students.


9. Green campus Dahlem. Successful and relaxed studying.

The School of Business & Economics at the FU lies within the large campus of the Freie Universität Berlin in Dahlem – a green villa district in the southwest of Berlin. The School buildings, surrounded by lawns, are in the immediate vicinity of the law school, the university library, the Henry-Ford building with Auditorium Maximum, and the Mensa with a roof terrasse. The subway station “Thielplatz” in the Line No. 3 is within walking distance from the School of Business & Economics and connects Dahlem with the Kurfuerstendamm in 19 minutes.


10. The capital city factor.

The proximity to the political center of Berlin is reflected in intensive contacts between scientists from our School and representatives of federal policy: Many professors from the Department of Economics attend political advisory councils and committees and are regularly consulted as advisors by the Federal Ministry. Berlin, as the capital of Germany and as an international center of science, offers you as the student interesting employers and many opportunities for internships. National and international representatives from politics, economics, the sciences, organizations, and foundations meet in Berlin for exchange, offering students optimal conditions for socializing and networking.