Free University of Berlin
Veritas - Iustitia - Libertas

Free University of Berlin has got a motto: Veritas - Iustitia - Libertas what can be translated from Latin into English as Truth - Justice - Freedom. As we can see here the most vital word expressing the most essence of this famous university is Freedom.

If you go back to the time when the University was founded, and it was on December 4th, 1948, it was the post war time.

About Berlin 1945 we have also mentioned-you can read more about that period to understand better the situation and circumstances connected with Berlin.

You can understand what kind of time was it in Berlin and Germany in general. And at time of destruction and political split of the country students and scholars dared to think about and finally decided to found another university- the free one opposed to the other one which was declared to be democratic.

You can guess that the other university is Humboldt university of Berlin.

Politics is such a complicated thing that better not to enter its dark waters.

That is why we should just mention that as a result of those times when Berlin was divided into two parts- West Berlin which was called a free zone and East Berlin which considered itself to be democratic appeared Free University of Berlin.

The United States strongly supported the newborn university and generously donated it, that later Free University was able to construct several new central building complexes including the Benjamin Franklin university clinic complex and the Henry Ford Building, the central lecture building.

It is good that in a contemporary Berlin there are three universities and sometimes they say four universities including the University of Arts.

In any case that fact makes Berlin one of the biggest scientific and educational centers not only in Europe but also worldwide.

Students from all over the globe consider Berlin when looking for a good advanced education. And taking into account that high education in Berlin is very cheap or even free of charge, it is getting more attractive for German prospective students as well as foreign ones.

Nowadays all universities in Berlin are busy with the Truth as was mentioned in the motto of Free University of Berlin.

The Truth, Science and Knowledge are ruling and are the main things in Berlin but not political opposition.

Free University of Berlin (or Freie Universitaet Berlin is the German way) having approximately 34,000 students, is one of Germany’s largest universities.

It has distinguished itself in the field of the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and medicine. It has unique programs such as Jewish Studies and Dutch Studies and and regional institutes for North American Studies, Eastern European Studies, and Latin American Studies. Its “Dahlem Conferences” have a worldwide reputation as a forum for interdisciplinary exchange.

It should also be emphasized that Free University of Berlin is one of the leading research universities in Germany and has attained a reputation thanks to its modern and international character. It is the largest of the four universities in Berlin.

Free University of Berlin is listed as one of nine German top-universities also known as elite universities. It could win in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a national competition for universities organized by the German Federal Government.

As you can see Free University of Berlin is the coolest university and if you think of high education opportunity in Germany also, do not forget about this great university. To become a student of this university is doable as a lot of other people manage it year by year.

There are some demands and requirements on the part of the university which you should study and fulfill in the right way and timely.

There are two languages in the university-English and German. If you do not speak German you have a great opportunity to learn it in Berlin and also use it in your studies together with English.

Video of the Free University of Berlin is a great thing you can enjoy. It is very informative and gives a good hints how the things are in the university. It touches upon the historic background of the university and shows a range of important issues prospective students should know about their future Alma Mater.

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Below you can find a brief information about the Free University of Berlin and some details:

  • Acronym: FUB
  • Address: Freie Universitaet Berlin Habelschwerdter Allee 45 14195 Berlin Tel.: + 49 / 30 / 838-1 ( University Telephone Exchange) The President of Freie Universitaet Berlin Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin Email:
  • Student Registration, Applications and Admissions Office: Tel. + 49 / 30 / 838-700 00 (Info-Service Freie Universitaet Berlin) Email: (Info-Service Freie Universit?t Berlin) Homepage:

  • Fees and Contributions: except in the case of continuing education courses and auditing, Freie Universitaet Berlin does not charge any tuition fees (Studiengebuehren) for undergraduate programs (that is, programs accessible to candidates with a secondary school diploma who have never studied at a university before). Instead, the university only charges “semester fees and contributions” (Semestergebuehren and Semesterbeitraege). The Student Records and Registration Office can provide information on exceptions. For your reference we quote some statements of the University about fees for the winter semester 2011/12 that you have a general idea about the expenses students usually bear, the total amount is EUR 244.70, broken down as follows: EUR 50.00 as the enrollment / re-registration fee (Immatrikulationsgebuehr or Rueckmeldegebuehr, respectively), EUR 41.20 as the social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) to the student union (Studentenwerk) EUR 8.50 as a contribution to student government (Studentenschaft), (incl. EUR 1 for financing Semester Ticket Office) EUR 145.00 for the semester ticket transportation pass (Semesterticket), Fee Zone ABC, including EUR 5.00 for the social fund (Sozialfond).

    It should also be considered that students normally bear their costs for accommodation, food, books and other expenses. On the other hand, according to German law students are allowed to work 4 hours per day and totally 180 days or just 90 days per year and that makes life of students not full of starvation, if parents can not support them. In other words students normally work in Berlin during their studies.
  • Facilities: suburban campus, sport facilities and activities, study abroad / exchange programs, distance learning / online courses, library
  • Foundation year: 1948
  • Population range in Berlin: around 3,500,000 (registered inhabitants)
  • Type: Non Profit
  • Status: Public
  • Fields of study: arts & humanities (bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate degree), business and social science (bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate degree), language & cultural studies (bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate degree), medicine & health (bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate degree), science & technology (bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate degree)

  • Admissions: local and international students accepted, admission based on student school marks
  • Motto: Veritas - Iustitia - Libertas (Truth - Justice - Freedom)
  • Accreditation: Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung
  • Certificates And Degrees: bachelor's degrees (3, 4 or 5 years), master's degrees, doctorate degrees
  • Academic Calendar: semesters
  • Total Students Enrollment: around 34,000
  • Total Staff: 2,500-2,999
  • Partners: 130 partnerships worldwide
  • Year Of First Accreditation: 1948

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Free University of Berlin gives a great opportunity for its students to absorb all the best what it gives and use it for their future career regardless of where they plan to live.

Living and studying in Berlin is a good experience one can have. Of course, it is not that easy to become a student in Berlin. Even if you are brilliant and most likely a genius but German authorities for foreigners is a great challenge for many prospective students and they try to treat all the same way-the way of bureaucracy. It is good to be goal oriented and follow the dream. And keep doing it even if you will not obtain your visa from the first attempt. We will also write about this side of becoming a student later. As we think it is good to have a clear cut understanding about the procedures of obtaining visa for Germany and further studying in Berlin.

If you have a special experience with Free University of Berlin, just share it with our readers. This way you can help to others in their search of the most reliable and understandable source of information.

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