Free University of Berlin: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Free University of Berlin began as an international institution from the time it was founded in 1948, Berlin, Germany. Supported by American Allies and Berlin Politics, the institution was set up by students and academicians and is currently a renowned name in the list of top German universities. Out of 33,000 students receiving education at the university, 13% in Bachelor’s course and 27% in Master’s course are international students.

    Free University of Berlin has 11 departments and a total of 178 courses to choose from. Multiple surveys have placed the university amongst the 5 best universities in Germany. The research-based public university has hosted 5 Nobel Prize winners as its staff and is globally ranked at #104 by Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2019. Admissions at Free University of Berlin are available in 2 intakes of Winter and Summer. 


    Free University of Berlin has always secured respectable rankings in prestigious surveys-

    • Times Higher Education ranked the university 24th amongst universities in Europe.
    • Ranked 6th among Best Global Universities in Germany by US News.
    • Ranked 1st nationwide in the subject category of ‘Arts and Humanities’ by Times Higher Education.
    • 117th in World University Rankings 2020 by Times Higher Education.

    Campus and Accommodation

    • Free University of Berlin has four central institutes and six graduate schools. Most of the facilities are centred at the main location of Dahlem School of Education, however Institute of East European Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies and JFK Institute of North American Studies form an integral part of the university.
    • The University Library is the central attraction of the institution. It’s equipped with individual and group work rooms and has manuscripts, research texts and e-content. Campus Library containing academic and research material for Psychology, Science, Maths, Computer Science and Cultural Studies is also accessible to students.
    • The Botanical Garden and Museum is another treasure on campus and is located at the Königin-Luise-Street. On the same street is the University sports complex for the sports enthusiasts.
    • Students at Free University of Berlin are active participants in the educational and cultural system. Their representation is made through the student body. Furthermore, engaging students in cultural aspects apart from academic excellence is of utmost importance and thus choir, theatre, orchestra and many other groups are formed.

    Housing facilities/Residence

    • The university offers accommodation to students in association with ERG Universitätsservice GmbH. These residential rooms are available at Studierendenwerk Berlin and Studentendorf Schlachtensee. The apartments at IBZ are available only for doctorates and scientists.
    • Single rooms with shared facilities and single/studio apartments are available for accommodation. In the single room with shared facilities option, students get the basic facilities of washroom, kitchen, and internet, dryer and washing machine (available for additional fee).
    • Studio apartments consist of the basic amenities along with gym, gaming room, study area, TV area, and laundry services. Studio apartments are available at Neon Wood and The Student Hostel.
    • The rate list for these accommodations is as follows-
    Type of room Monthly rental
    Standard room (The Student Hostel) 844 EUR
    Standard Plus room (The Student Hostel) 971 EUR
    Single room with shared facilities (Dormitory Halbauer Weg) 250 EUR


    • Free University of Berlin has a course catalogue offering 178 courses on Mono Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral level in the humanities, arts, science and natural science discipline. Some of the courses are solely associated with the university, while others are in cooperation with other prestigious universities.
    • English is the medium of teaching for a lot of courses considering the lack of German language knowledge in a lot of international applicants. Some popular courses from the aforementioned category are MS in Data Science, MA in Global History, MA Sociology- European Societies, and MS in Mathematics.
    • The university also offers some master’s courses for continuing studies candidates in the field of marketing, management, anthropology, science, research, etc.
    • MS in Data Science is a popularly chosen course by international candidates as it is taught in the English medium. Applicants need to produce an English language proof along with certain specific score requirements in the bachelor’s degree. Knowledge of computer programming languages such as C++, Java, Python, etc. is mandatory.

    Free university of Berlin Application Process

    Application portal: Online portal 

    Application fee: 10 EUR

    Supporting documents: Following documents must be kept ready in order to draft a successful application at Free University of Berlin-

    • School and University certificates
    • Final certificate of first degree with grade.
    • Translation of certificates (if not originally in English) by sworn translators or an agency that provides translations for government purposes.
    • German language proof
    • English language proof
    • Statement of purpose.
    • Financial guarantee proof
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Copy of passport
    • Resume (if applicable)
    • Motivational letter
    • APS Certificate for students from China and Vietnam.

    Free University of Berlin Cost of Attendance

    • Free University of Berlin does not charge tuition except for the continuing studies program. Rather, students are to pay the semester fee which is mostly subject to change every semester.
    • The semester fee for winter 2020-21 is 312.89 EUR. The breakdown for this fees comprising cost of living in Germany is as follows-
    Fee type Amount per semester
    Enrollment fee 50 EUR
    Contribution to Students Support Service 54.09 EUR
    Contribution to Students Union 10 EUR
    Transportation ticket contribution 198.8 EUR
    • Living expenses in Berlin can cost about 600-700 EUR on an average. This includes rent, food, study material, health insurance, clothing, etc.

    Financial Aid for International Students

    • Free University of Berlin does not offer scholarships in Germany for international students on its own, but does associate with the Center for International Cooperation (CIC) that bridges this gap. Short time financial assistance is provided to maintain international associations.
    • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships every year for Russian Federation. These can be availed by students pursuing language courses, masters and doctoral programs, and academic internships.
    • German Research Organizations, like DFG, FhG, MPG, etc. also offer grants for research projects or individual researchers.
    • The Library of John F. Kennedy institute offers grants to multiple students every year from its impressive collections. Advanced scholars and Ph.D. candidates can avail this scholarship.

    Alumni Network

    Free University of Berlin reserves benefits for alumni in the networking, invitation and discount categories. These benefits are as follows-

    • Invitation to university events.
    • Opportunity for networking.
    • Access to multiple newsletters from the university.
    • Registration for email updates from the university.
    • Discount on sports program, GasthorerCard CLASSIC and Annual Longnight of Sciences.

    Notable Alumni

    • Andrea Fischer, Former member of German Bundestag
    • Michael Roes, German Writer and Filmmaker
    • Jacques de Caso, Historian


    Free University of Berlin takes part in the European Career Fair, apart from the other career fairs across Berlin and Germany. Stellenticket Freie Universität Berlin is the job portal where students can look for a position that suits one’s interest and qualifications.

    International Career service is also provided at the university to hone the skills of students who wish to work abroad. Free University of Berlin also posts vacancies for professorships, academic and non-academic staff. These vacancies are also available on university job portal and students with the desired credentials can apply for the same.

    Students placed in the Financial Services sector have bagged the highest package which can range from 1,00,000 EUR-1,45,000 EUR. As per educational degree, Master of Science pass outs have proved the most successful.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.Sc Finance, Accounting and Taxation
    winter (31st May 2020)
    M.Sc Management and Marketing
    winter (31st May 2020)
    B.Sc Computer Science
    fall (7th Sep 2020)
    B.Sc Business Administration
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    Exam Scores: IELTS5.0|TOEFL80
    Application Deadline: 31 May, 2020
    Exam Scores: IELTS5.0|TOEFL80
    Application Deadline: 31 May, 2020

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Data Science

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    Exam Scores: IELTS5.0|TOEFL80
    Application Deadline: 31 May, 2020

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Computer Science

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    Exam Scores: IELTS5.0|TOEFL80
    Degrees Available: M.Ed
    Application Deadline: 31 May, 2020

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Computational Sciences

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    Exam Scores: IELTS5.0|TOEFL80
    Application Deadline: 31 May, 2020


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    9.0 /10

    My father's friend is working here at this university as a professor. When he came to know about my interest in computer science and that I have completed my bachelor's in it and I want to opt for my masters further. He suggested me to apply to this university as the faculty of computer science was very efficient there. I applied to the university online by paying an application fee of € 75.

    Fees :

    My program is a two-year program divided among four semesters. For every consecutive semester, I have to pay a semester fee of € 312. There is no tuition fee charged by the university.

    10 /10 academic/food
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    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular

    Free University of Berlin comparison

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    collegedunia score6.1 Out of 106.2 Out of 106.2 Out of 104.3 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 83 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 127 QS World University 2022
    # 59 Center for World University Rankings 2021
    # 74 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 128 QS World University 2022
    # 66 Center for World University Rankings 2021
    # 38 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 50 QS World University 2022
    # 41 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 301 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 347 QS World University 2022
    # 333 QS World University 2021
    subject strength# 83 for Computer Science by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 83 for Design by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 83 for Arts by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 74 for Biology by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 74 for Archaeology by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 74 for Chemistry by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 38 for Computer Science by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 38 for Astronomy by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 38 for Aerospace Engineering by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 301 for Electrical and Electronics Engineering by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 301 for Management by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 301 for Aerospace Engineering by Times Higher Education 2022
    programsUG Programs -41
    PG Programs -48
    PG Programs -11
    Doctorate Programs -3
    UG Programs -15
    PG Programs -57
    Doctorate Programs -1
    UG Programs -51
    PG Programs -63
    exam scoreGRE - 309
    GMAT - 625
    TOEFL - 100
    IELTS - 7
    GMAT - 700
    TOEFL - 110
    IELTS - 7.5
    GRE - 320
    GMAT - 700
    IELTS - 7.5
    TOEFL - 104
    IELTS - 7.5
    TOEFL - 99.5
    cost to studyHostel + Meal - USD 5992 Per YearAverage Tuition Fees   USD 9976.71
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 7326 Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 144
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 144
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 23310 Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 3330
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 3570
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 41615 Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Graduate Employability Ranking- #90 (THE- 2019); Highest paid degrees- Masters in Science (126,000 USD); Masters in Finance (129,000 USD); Masters of Arts (80,000 USD); LLM (86,000 USD).

    Graduate Employability Ranking- #34 (THE, 2019); Doctorate (106,000 USD); PhD (103,000 USD); LLM (100,000 USD); Masters in Science (66,000 USD).

    Tie-ups with around 800 start-ups set up by alumni and faculty. 
    PhD: $172,000
    Masters in finance: $119,000
    Masters in Science: $72000-85000 

    Graduate employability rankings’ 20: #191-200.
    Top paid degrees: Masters in Finance- $199,000
    Masters; $157,000.
    MS: $98,000.
    Others: $90,000

    application requirements

    Admission application via uni-assist; graduation certificate & transcripts; translated documents in German or English; proof of English language proficiency; sufficient knowledge of German language (if required for master’s program); Statement of purpose; Financial guarantee proof; LORs; Resume (if applicable); Motivational letter.

    Language proficiency (English & German); Academic transcripts; Enrolment certificate; application through uni-assist; Copy of the passport; LOR, Statement of purpose, Resume

    Applications are invited through Uni-assist, German language proficiency is required for most UG program, GRE/GATE scores are required for some masters programs.

    International students can only apply for winter semester. German language proficiency is mandatory for most programs.

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    Free University of Berlin Admissions

    Winter Deadline Deadlines

    July 31

    Application deadline

    Summer Deadline Deadlines

    January 31

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    On Campus
    Single Apartment
    $2,662 / Year
    Single Room
    $3,330 / Year


    FUBiS does not provide its own hostel or housing facilities.


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    Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin

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    Bus Station

    Altensteinstr./Fabeckstr. (Berlin)0.23 km
    Reichensteiner Weg (Berlin)0.33 km
    Hittorfstr. (Berlin)0.42 km
    Ehrenbergstr. (Berlin)0.53 km
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    Book Store

    Schleichers Buchhandlung Dahlem Dorf eK1.03 km
    BerlinAntiquariat2.60 km
    Press Point Am Olivaer Platz Engin Kirbas5.81 km
    Thieme & Frohberg GmbH5.86 km
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    Train Station

    S Botanischer Garten (Berlin)1.53 km
    S Sundgauer Str. (Berlin)1.66 km
    Berlin-Zehlendorf2.74 km
    Ehemaliger Betriebswerkstatt der BVG2.76 km
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    Hotel Steglitz International2.57 km
    Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann3.44 km
    Hollywood Media Hotel Berlin6.26 km
    Ringhotel Seehof Berlin6.38 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Truman Plaza1.00 km
    Zehlendorfer Welle1.99 km
    Steglitzer Kreisel2.52 km
    Das Schloss2.59 km
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    Pharmacy at Asternplatz1.28 km
    Forst Apotheke2.45 km
    Germania Apotheke2.73 km
    Schmargendorfer Apotheke2.80 km
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    TaxiBBI.de2.10 km
    Hubschraber Landeplatz2.71 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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