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Letter of the Dean

Dean: Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz

Dean: Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz

Dear Exchange Students,

I am very pleased that you are spending your semester abroad at the School of Business & Economics at the Freie Universität Berlin.

I warmly welcome you!

We will do our best to ensure that you feel comfortable at the School and can actively participate. You will learn with motivation, celebrate good grades, but will also persevere in a self-disciplined manner when the lecture contents turn out to be difficult, reading materials endless and exams insurmountable (they are not!).

Teaching, learning and any work in the School are demanding. Therefore, never hesitate to use all the support offers: the consultation hours of the International and the Examination offices, your professors, buddies, study groups and workshops. Be there, whether digitally or in person, and work continuously. Sustained commitment will reward you with valuable insights. Above all, however, I wish you that you enjoy your studies and everyday study life, because intrinsic motivation not only helps through difficult times, but outlasts them.

The current pandemic situation poses a challenge. Many courses have been redesigned and supplemented by online offers to enable not only persons belonging to a risk group to study but also to be prepared for a worsening pandemic situation. Normal classroom teaching is only possible to a limited extent and under special hygiene conditions. Our common goal is to return to normal university life on campus as soon as possible. To achieve this goal, we must be able to rely on each other and, in particular, adhere to the necessary health and safety guidelines. We know how important it is for students to experience belonging and to connect you with fellow students and build communities.

This is new to us too and things will not always run smoothly regardless of the effort. I count on your understanding, flexibility and patience. In all of this, it will be important that you keep in touch with the lecturers and your fellow students. Please keep yourselves updated on our homepage and on Blackboard.

I wish you a successful start into this fall semester!

Prof. Dr. Dieter Nautz

Dean of the School of Business and Economics