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Freie Universität Berlin (FU BERLIN)

189 reviews
4.19 / 5 based on 189 reviews
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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universität Berlin
5.0/5
Languages
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I had an easy time, but I had lived in Germany for a year already. German is a difficult langauge, so be sure to interact with Germans as much as possible. Don't get lazy and speak your mother tongue. If you want to do that, you can stay at home.
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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universität Berlin
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Berlin, despite being the capital, is a very cheap city. Housing is extremely reasonable and night like is priced well. Expect the same prices in the rest of Germany.
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Overall, Travel, Housing, Nightlife, Telephone, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universität Berlin
2.5/5
Academic
Course recommendations
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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
German academic life is geared toward the self-motivated, directed student. If you always need a little push, it's very easy to get lazy here. Watch out!
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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
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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universität 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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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universität Berlin
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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anonymous
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Freie Universität Berlin
0.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Universitites in Germany don't have the campus structure that the United States has. When living in a great city like Berlin, take advantage of it and do what all the other students do: find a WG with others where all the action is. I recommend East Berlin, such as Prenzlauerberg, Mitte or Friedrichshain.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
none
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