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Course Information & Registration

Courses in English

  • Courses in English are offered every semester but are limited and vary.
  • There is a manual "how to find courses in English". 
  • We have prepared a list of courses in English that are offered at
    the School of Business & Economics for the current semester.
  • There is a Liberal Arts course program in English designed for exchange students with a focus on Berlin, its culture, history, economy...
  • Please use your our Reference/Archive to find courses in English that were offered in previous semesters. 
  • New course catalogs are available approx. 8 weeks prior to the semester start.

German Language Courses

Exchange students have two options to learn German during their stay at
Freie Universität Berlin:

  • The Pre-Semester intensive German language course
    It takes place in the six weeks preceeding the start of each semester.
    It  offers classes at four different levels and combines intensive
    language training, designed to enhance students’ study ability at the
    University, with a well-rounded cultural programme.

    To be admitted to the courses, you are required to have a German language
    proficiency of at least an A1 level (CEFR).

    Participants will be allocated to the different courses (A2, B1, B2, C1) on the
    first day of the course by using the electronic onSET-Deutsch placement test.

  • The Semester-long German language course

    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 test.

    The test determines the level of your German language skills.
    The Language Center assigns you to a semester language course.
    You can choose the intensity of the course, with either 5 or 10 ECTS.

Course Descriptions & Syllabi

  • Course descriptions are available in the comments section of each course in the course catalog.
  • Syllabi of individual courses may be available in links from the comments section of the course catalog. If not, syllabi may be made available by the lecturers at the beginning of the semester.
  • If a Syllabus is needed to coordinate your Learning Agreement with your home university coordinator, please approach the lecturer via email.
  • English versions of the course descriptions for the Bachelor programs in Business and in Economics and the Master programs in Business are available in the links below. 

Course registration

  • After enrolment you can register for your selected courses in Campus Management (CM) between October 1 - October 31, 2021.
  • How to register for courses (modules) and exams is shown in the manual that is linked below. 
  • 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. Please don’t forget to state your Student ID number (Matrikelnummer), course title and course number.
  • Courses with limited capacity (as stated in the course catalog): 
    Pre-registration in Campus Management: October 1 - 8, 2021 12:00 p.m.
    Results of distribution process visible in CM from October 112021
  • Registration for Seminars and Project Groups: please approach the lecturer/professor via email prior to the semester start.


  • Exams 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.
    Spring/summer term: approx. middle to the end of July.
  • Precise examination dates will be announced during the semester. Please check the exam plan in the link below.
  • Shorter lecture periods apply to the English taught courses of the graduate programs in Business (FACTS and M&M). Exams take place before Christmas or latest by mid-January. 

Course Structure

  • A course is called module.
  • It usually consists of two elements, two forms of teaching.
  • The typical forms of teaching are:
    V (Vorlesung): Lectures
    Ü (Übung): Tutorials
    S (Seminar): Seminar 
    PG (Projektgruppe): Project Group 
  • Seminars consists of one form of teaching.
    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.
  • Project Groups are formed within a course and consist of a small number
    of students, jointly working on a project defined in the course.

ECTS Credits & Grading Scale


  • Undergraduate and graduate modules in Business and Economics have 6 ECTS.
  • Modules in the category ABV (general professional preparation) have 5 ECTS.
  • Language courses 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.
  • Detailed information (in German) on ECTS / LP can be found in the study and examination regulations of the respective programs.

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