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Information for International Students

Dear Exchange Students,

We are pleased that you are spending the Fall Semester 2021/22 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

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

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


Office hours: on appointment

Orientation for Exchange Students Fall Term 2021/22

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

This event takes place ONLINE

10:00 a.m. Opening Session
- Presentation Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling & ISFU 
- Welcome address by the General Students Committee
- Presentation of the International Club
- University Sports at FU Berlin

Meeting Link:
Meeting-Number: 188 522 8515
Passwort: yVsXMpmf565

12:00 p.m
-  Liberal Arts program for exchange students "Berlin- und Deutschlandstudien"
- Introduction of the Campus Tour
- Tips and Tricks regarding course registration (in Campus Management), ECTS credits and transcripts of records

Meeting Link:
Meeting-Number: 188 255 3840
Passwort: rQwBJDuM785

Friday, October 8, 2021 

We meet at Rost und Silberlaube, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin
10:00 a.m. Meeting point for the Campus tour to the School of Business & Economics Nr. 19 
including Introduction to the School of Business & Economics and meeting with Buddy Students

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. Link to: Distributed Campus

Please consult the portal regularly as it provides 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 in the
    Course Catalog (Fall 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.

Between September 20,2021 and October 6, 2021 please register for the onSET German placement
. The test determines the level of your German language skills and assigns you to a language course.
You can choose the intensity of the course, with either 5 or 10 ECTS.

If you would like to attend an intensive German language course before the start of a semester,
please follow 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/lecturer responsible for the desired
    course and inquire about participation.
  • Undergraduate students can only participate in undergraduate courses.
  • All exchange students can participate in the Liberal Arts program.

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): Seminar
    Besides regular attendance, a typical seminar requires the student
    to write a paper and present it in the classroom. Seminars typically
    require individual registration and some preparation during the semester break.
    PG (Project Group): 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 October 1 - October 31, 2021
  • If you want to select courses that you don't see in your Campus Management
    account, 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: October 1 - 8, 2021 12:00 p.m.
    Results of distribution process visible in CM from October11, 2021
  • Registration for Seminars: please approach the lecturer/professor via email
    prior to the semester start.

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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.
  • Shorter 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.


  • 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 School 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 online : 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.