Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program deadline

spring 2021 deadline: December 17, 2020

FU-BEST (Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program) is a semester program of Freie Universität Berlin for incoming students based on the American calendar, but open to all nationalities. It is offered in Fall (late August through mid-December) and Spring (February through mid-May) and features a combination of university-standard German language instruction from Beginner to Advanced levels and a large menu of subject courses (primarily in the humanities and social sciences) taught mainly in English.

Last call for applications for the semester-long online courses of Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST)! We have extended the deadline for our Spring Online Semester 2021 to Thursday, Dec. 17. Application is possible online at

FU-BEST offers five subject courses in English as well as four German language courses on various levels online. Our courses are open to students of all subject areas and offer an interdisciplinary approach to overarching issues and themes relevant to European Studies in Berlin and Germany today. They will run from Feb. 8 to May 14, 2021.
Students can choose and combine from the following online course program:
  • German Language and Culture, Beginners (A1) to Advanced (C1)
  • Artistic Diversity in Central Europe - Exploring Art in Germany from 1900 to the Present
  • To Hell and Back: Germany and Europe in the 19th and 20th Century
  • The Human Condition and the Totalitarian Experience
  • Media Politics and Structures in Germany and Europe
  • Understanding Pop Culture: European-American Encounters
All courses feature 30 contact hours and 4 ECTS credits upon successful completion and can be combined with one another. For the full program including syllabi, dates, and fees please visit


To get a first impression of our courses and faculty, attend their free introductory lectures on our Youtube channel. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have.


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