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Information for International Students

Dear Exchange Students,

We are pleased that you are spending the Spring Semester 2021 with us
at the School of Business & Economics at the Freie Universität of Berlin.

We warmly welcome you!

To get you off to an easy start, please take a look the information
gathered here.


General Information for Exchange Students

FUB's Student Mobility Office provides information regarding the formal
prerequisites and conditions for studying in Berlin, information regarding
enrolment, health insurance, residency permits, visa etc.

Arrival and Departure to / from the Campus:

We would like to draw your attention to different ways of getting to and from
the FUB campus:

Top choice: your bike - you can also take your bike with you on the S-Bahn
   or U-Bahn, get off at any time and push the pedals the rest of the way ;-)

S1 towards Wannsee (via Friedrichstrasse, Yorkstrasse, etc.) to the
   Lichterfelde-West S-Bahn station

Bus line 110 in the direction of Oskar-Helene-Heim from
   Zoologischer Garten station to Freie Universität subway station
   (Thielplatz)

Bus line M11 in the direction of Dahlem-Dorf from Neukölln
   to Dahlem-Dorf U-Bahn station

Bus line X10 in the direction of Andréezeile from Zoologischer
   Garten station to Oskar-Helene-Heim U-Bahn station

Bus line M48 towards Busseallee from Berlin-Mitte to the bus stop
   Von-Laue-Str.

o Last but not least: U3 towards Krumme Lanke from S + U Warschauer Straße
   or from Heidelberger Platz with the S41 or S42 ("Ringbahn") to the
   Freie Universität U-Bahn station (Thielplatz)

International Office at the School of Business & Economics

Sandra Hallscheidt
Garystr. 21, room 128
14195 Berlin
https://goo.gl/maps/gg63T8RvQk6FyLF48

+49(0)30/838-52548
Sandra.Hallscheidt@fu-berlin.de

Office hours: on appointment

Online Orientation Days for Exchange Students Spring Term 2021

Due to the global situation, the orientation days will be held online.

Program:

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Opening Session

  • Presentation of the Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling
  • Welcome address by the Student Union (AStA)
  • Presentation of the International Club
  • University Sports at the FU Berlin

12:00 p.m. Exclusive information for exchange students

  • „Berlin- und Deutschlandstudien":  the liberal arts program / courses for exchange students
  • Introduction of the campus tour
  • Advice on Course Booking (Campus Management), ECTS points and transcripts

Links to the meetings will be published soon.


Friday, April 9th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Virtual Campus Tour and Welcome Session for Exchange Students
                   at the School of Business & Economics

Join from the meeting link
https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin-en/j.php?MTID=m5fc0c72d8c77b5b356ddd1dfa5378480 

Meeting number (access code): 121 008 0011
Meeting passworkd:  7NpyV83GXfg

Additional introductory information to the School of Business & Economics  


Distributed Campus

Distributed Campus, the internet portal of Freie Universität Berlin, provides exchange students with a variety of information relating to the exchange period and its organization. Access is provided upon acceptance.

Please consult the portal regularly as it provides all kind of helpful information before, during and after your stay at FUB.


Course Information and Course Registration

  • Overview of all current courses and past semester courses at the FUB can be found within the
    Course Catalog (Spring term 2021).
  • Courses of future semesters are published 6-8 weeks prior to the semester start.

German Language Courses

The Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) at Freie Universität Berlin offers
German language courses for exchange students during the semester.

When enrolled, you must take the onSET German placement test and then register for one of the courses at the level determined in the placement test.

If you would like to attend an intensive language course before the start of a semester, you will find more information about the courses under Preliminary courses.

Courses in English:

Course descriptions

  • English versions of the course descriptions for the Bachelor programs
    in Business and in Economics
    Course descriptions are available in the course catalog in the comments section of each course.
  • English versions of the course descriptions for the Masters programs in Business: here.
  • Students who would like to take part in courses of other faculties than the School of Business & Economics
    have to contact the professor responsible for the desired course and ask permission to participate.
  • Structure of the courses:
    A course is called module and usually consists of two elements. The typical forms of teaching are:
    V (Vorlesung): Lectures
    Ü (Übung): Tutorials

     S (Seminar):
     Besides regular attendance, a typical seminar requires the student
     to write a paper and present it in the classroom. Seminars typically
     require rindividual egistration and some preparation during the semester break.

     PG (Project Group):
     These are small groups of students, jointly working on a project.
     Project groups typically require individual registration and some preparation.

Course registration

  • After enrolment you can register for your selected courses in Campus Management (CM)
    between April 1 - April 30, 2021
  • If you want to select courses that you don't see in Campus Management,
    please approach the Study and Examination Office (pbwiwiss@fu-berlin.de)
    and ask to be registered.
  • Courses with limited capacity (according to the course catalog):
    Pre-registration in Campus Management: April 1 - 9, 2021 12:00 p.m.
    Results of distribution process visible in CM from April 12, 2021
  • Registration for Seminars: please approach the lecturer/professor via email.

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Learning Agreements and Certificates of Stay

Learning Agreement

  • Select your courses in coordination with your supervisor at your home university and prepare a Learning Agreement.
  • Your home university provides you with a form for your Learning Agreement.
  • For information regarding the receiving institution (FUB) in the headline of your Learning agreement, please see here.
  • Have your Learning Agreement signed by the International Office. Please send via email!
  • Learning Agreements "Before the Mobility" will be accepted provisionally. All modules and ECTS-credits are still subject to change. Timetable collisions may be possible. Students will be allowed to change their course choice after arrival.
  • Erasmus+ exchange students can make use of the Online Learning Agreement (OLA) instead of the regular Learning Agreement. Registration for the OLA can be done independently from the actual home and host university. Please contact your home university in advance and make sure that they will accept the OLA in order to avoid extra work.

Certificate of Stay

  • Your home university may require you to fill in a document called Certificate of Stay, Certificate of Arrival / Departure. Please send the document via email and state the first date of your lectures/orientation session and as last date the one of your last exam or lecture.

Examinations, Grades and ECTS-Credits

Information about exams, dates, registration and resits

  • Examinations take place during the last lecture or in the 2-3 weeks after the end of the teaching period.
    Fall/winter term approx. middle to the end of February.
  • Short lecture periods apply to the English taught courses of graduate programs of FACTS and M&M.
    Exams take place before Christmas or latest by mid-January. 
    Spring/summer term: approx. middle to the end of July.
    Precise examination dates will be announced during the semester.
     

ECTS-Credits

  • Regular modules in Business and Economics have 6 ECTS
    Modules of the category ABV (general professional preparation) have 5 ECTS
    Language courses may have 5 or 10 ECTS
    Liberal Arts courses have 5 ECTS 
  • 1 LP/1 ECTS is equivalent to 30 working hours (including class contacts, home work,
    preparation, homework and exam)
  • The full semester workload are 30 ECTS.


FU Berlin Grading Scale

1.0 bis / to 1.5

A Hervorragend / Excellent

über / more than 1.6 bis / to 2.0

B Sehr gut / Very good

über / more than 2.1 bis / to 3.0

C Gut / Good

über / more than 3.1 bis / to 3.5

D Befriedigend / Satisfactory

über / more than 3.6 bis / to 4.0

E Ausreichend / Sufficient

über / more than 4.1 bis / to 5.0

F Nicht bestanden / Fail


Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar


Transcript of Records

Please request your Transcript of Records before you leave Berlin!

If you have taken 3 or more courses at the School of Business & Economics:
please download and fill in the transcript application form:

Application Form (German)

Application Form (English)

Hand in the form personally at the Prüfungsbüro (examination office) at the Department of Business and Economics or send via email to pbwiwiss@fu-berlin.de.

If you have taken less than 3 courses at the School of Business & Economics, please request your Transcript via
our online request here: https://userpage.fu-berlin.de/baranov/aris_register.php

In case of questions, please consult: incoming@fu-berlin.de.


Campus App

The campus app ("My Cassis") helps you to find your way around campus, organise your studies, and import courses and events.


International Club and University Sports

You are new in this city and want to get in contact with other students from all around the world.

The International Club helps to get in touch with each other and enjoy cultural life together etc.

Freie Universität Berlin offers a wide range of sports that you can join.
Take a look at the University Sports webpage.