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Information for International Students

Dear Exchange Students,

We are pleased that you are spending the fall semester 2020/21 with us
at the School of Business & Economics at the Freie Universität of Berlin.

We warmly welcome you!

To make it easier for you to get started, you will find all important information
for orientation on this page.

  • Orientation Days for Exchange Students Fall term 2020-21

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 2020-21

Virtual Introduction 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.
  • Courses of future semesters are to be 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

  • On the undergraduate level, exchange students can choose from all Bachelor BWL or Bachelor VWL courses on offer.
    The English version of the course descriptions for the undergraduate programs in Business and Economics
    are available: Business , Economics.
    Descriptions can now also be found in the course catalog in the comments section.
  • Course descriptions for the graduate programs in Business (M&M and FACTS) 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):
    Recitation sessions or tutorials, where the material of the lecture is reviewed and
    exercises are solved.

     In addition a module may be a S (Seminar):
     Besides regular attendance, a typical seminar requires the student
     to write a paper and to present the paper in the classroom. Seminars typically
     require registration and some preparation during the semester break.

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

Course registration

  • After enrolment you can register for your selected courses in Campus Management.
  • For the fall term 2020-21, course registration in Campus Management is possible between Oct. 1st and Nov. 20th, 2020.

  • If you want to select courses that you don't see in Campus Management, two steps are required:
    a) Please approach the professor of the course and ask permission to participate.
    b) If permission is granted, please approach the Study and Examination Office of the
    School of Business & Economics and register for the course.
  • Courses without a capacity restriction (according to the course catalog) can be easily
    selected in Campus Management or through the above mentioned process.
  • To register for a course with limited capacity (according to the course catalog)
    please approach the lecture  via email and ask for your registration.

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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.
  • Usually, your home university provides you with a form for your Learning Agreement or you should be able to find it on your home university’s website.
    FUB can provide you with one of our forms, but unfortunately in 98% of the cases home universities automatically reject those and request a Learning Agreement with their own form.
  • 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 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. 
    Exams for English taught courses of the M.Sc. in FACTS, M&M programs will take place before Christmas or latest by mid-January. 
    Summer term: approx middle to the end of July.
    Precise examination dates will be announced during the semester.

    Shorter lecture and exam periods may apply for the english courses of the M.Sc. program in FACTS and the M.Sc.
    in Management & Marketing that take place during the Fall/winter term.
    Please consider the academic calendar when planning your studies at the School of Business and Economics.

  • 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

The FUB has a semester system. The teaching period in the winter term starts around mid-October and ends around mid-February. while the summer term runs from mid-April until mid-July.
Academic Calendar

Examinations for most courses take place  2-3 weeks after the end of the teaching period.
Please take this into account when planning your studies at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the FUB!

All necessary information concerning courses, dates, registration and events you will be able to find on Distributed Campus, after you have been accepted at School of Business & Economics. Please take into consideration, that payment of an Erasmus grant is connected to the duration of your Erasmus stay.

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.