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Freie Universitšt Berlin (FU BERLIN) reviews

188 reviews
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Jordan
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, School for International Training: Central European Studies
Freie Universitšt Berlin
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
No.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
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.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
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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Anne
Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States
Humanities, Undergraduate, Lexia
Freie Universitšt Berlin
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Expect to feel homesick even of you are an experienced traveler. Do not hold back from new experiences. If possible, plan your study abroad for at least one year. It takes a good deal of time to get comfortable with the basics like transportation, cool places to go, people to hang out with, etc. Leave yourself enought time to really settle in and don't wish the time away.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
1
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Advertise your school in study abroad circles as a school in the most fascinating city in the world. Its a city on the brink of a whole new future and one that has a fascinating past.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
1
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I loved my study abroad. It allowed plenty of time for academics, travel, social activity and independant exploration. Helpful hint - be sure to drink plenty of water after your flight overseas. I was dehydrated after I landed in Berlin and was sick for my first 2 days!
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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universitšt Berlin
4.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had been better prepared for the relaxed German university system.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
If you want to experience in Berlin while attending a very academically challenging university, go to the FU - but make sure you're motivated enough to take full advantage.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Have fun!
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ingridvalde
Universitetet i Bergen, Bergen, Norway
History, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Freie Universitšt Berlin
3.8/5
Academic
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.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
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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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Anne
Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States
Humanities, Undergraduate, Lexia
Freie Universitšt Berlin
3.8/5
Housing
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.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
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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bokern
Sciences Po Paris, Paris, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Freie Universitšt Berlin
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Nomber of Marxist Profs in Political Science at Freie Universitšt Berlin.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
1
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Look for a job or an internship parallel to your studies, most of German students do so and in Germany, this is a more important criterium in favour of your career than the studies you did.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Don't accept any place in a students' residence but look rather out for a room mate -it's quite popular and you'll find good offers at www.zitty.de --the bi-weekly city-magazine where you'll find as well anything else...
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