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Freie Universität Berlin (FU BERLIN)

Kaiserswerther Straße 16-18, 14195 Berlin, Germany
4.12 / 5 based on 186 reviews.

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86% of students recommend
186 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (186)
Student life
4.5/5
5 stars (78)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (72)
Languages
4.3/5
3 stars (36)
Expenses
4.0/5
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Overall
4.4/5
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Berlin is very close to the borders with Poland, so it is a very nice opportunity to visit it! Read Review
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186 reviews of Freie Universität Berlin

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HOUSING    
by Anne Marie, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States
Humanities, Lexia
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: With a family
Why? Living with a family provided a glimpse into the everyday culture that I was looking for. If a student is searching for an experience that can teach them about a diffferent culture, the best advice I can offer is to immerse yourself as fully as possible in that culture.
Personal comments:
I enjoyed eating, speaking and traveling with my family while in Berlin. Stories were exchanged, viewpoints were argued and a deeper understanding of two different cultures was achieved through my time in a home stay. My personal opinion is that living with other American students during my time abroad would have been a waste of time because it is too easy to slip back into what you know. One of the main reasons a student should study abroad is to broaden their horizons. Living with a family in Berlin did that for me.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Farah, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
As favourite night spot, I can't decide myself for a particular one, but I would say all the area of Friedrischain as well as Kreuzberg has plenty of cool nightlife and very nice and well decorated cafés and bars. I wouldn't miss the bar GOA in Friedrishain, were you can enjoy great cocktails (although pretty expensive!) while you are laying on Arab/Roman-style sofas with no shoes on, and under a faded warm light. One event you cannot miss if you happen to be in Berlin in July is the LOVEPARADE, the biggest tecno party event in Europe. It doesn't even matter if you are a tecno fan or not (I don't consider myself to be one), it's just about dancing and having some fun. Coloured hairsprays and wild costumes are the trendiest thing in Loveparade, nothing is too exagerated.
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ACADEMIC    
by ingridvalde, Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen, Norway
History, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
The courses are so many, so you have to do a list in before and check out your interests, then after the first or second week (but not later!) decide what you are going to do that term. My interaction with other international students was so bad because history is a subject mostly German students study. I saw only five (from a few thousand overall students) international students at the Institute of History. If you want to get in touch with students at all, do not go at too many lectures. You get to know students if you go to seminars and have to cooperate with them.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
I had a lot of work only to make appointments with lecturers for a test at the end of the term. That happens when you take a lot of lectures. If you take seminars you have to write 10-15 pages long papers, which is a very good training in writing papers. There are not many exams at the end of the term. All in all that gives you the opportunity to get a lot of practice in academic writing, which is very positive but also very time-consuming.

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by Farah, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
I learned a lot of German, more than what I expected, and I have to say with a pretty good accent. And 90% of the sucess was due to talking with people: germans and other internationals. The clue is to avoid going around with people who speak your own language, or to simply make use of English. I tried to speak in German in all situations. A language exchange is also very useful: meeting some German person who lears your language (Spanish in my case), and speaking one day in German and the next day in Spanish. You learn a lot of your mistakes, because it should be a person who points your mistakes out.
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EXPENSES    
by Konstantina, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I spent less in food, housing and nightlife because they are cheaper in Berlin rather than in Athens. I spent more in telephone because it was more expensive. I spent more in traveling because I was traveling more often than in my home country.
Travel, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Overall, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
none
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OVERALL    
by Jordan, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, United States
International Relations, School for International Training: Central European Studies
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
No.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
SIT is a wonderful program and I recommend it for those wishing to experience actual culture, even when it shocks, surprises, or upsets you.



FINAL COMMENTS

When you choose to be an internationally-oriented person, you must endure all aspects of a foreign culture, whether or not they agree with your own cultural sensibilities. SIT gives you the chance to go to another place, experience an unfamiliar culture in a homestay while avoiding the heterogeneity of Western university life, and become far more independent. The excursions to Poland, Austria, Croatia, and Serbia & Montenegro gave me a firsthand perspective on both societies that have grown immensely since large scale conflicts, and those that are still in the aftermath. While my homestay might not have been subjectively the most enjoyable part, it allowed me to expand my consciousness about class in German society and how this manifests on the familial level.
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