Freie Universität Berlin

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Freie Universität Berlin is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Berlin, Germany.

Student experiences

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General information for exchange students

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Course information and catalogue

Academic calendar

Semester I (Winter semester): approximately October - February
Semester II (Summer semester): approximately April – July

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Language requirement: a minimum language level of B1 (CEFR) in German is required.
The International Office (UU Humanities) recommends a B2 level at the moment of exchange in order to fully participate in the courses.

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Areas of study open to exchange students

Subject area:

  • History
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Film Studies
  • German Language and Culture

Students studying German Language and Culture at Utrecht University, please note the following: when choosing Foreign language and culture: in Berlin you will be enrolled at the Dutch Philology Department as main subject and you may choose German Philology as minor subject.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Most courses at the Freie Universität Berlin are taught in German. If you are not studying at the Department of English Philology or North American Studies, courses in English are very limited.

Housing assistance

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Estimated living costs per month

Your living costs mainly depend, of course, on your personal requirements and habits. You should count on spending a minimum of 900 Euro (rental fees, grocery, leisure time etc.).

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Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS 

Number of places available

Film Studies: 1 place per year
German language and culture: 4 places per year
History: 2 places per year
Comparative Literature: 2 places per year

Additional information


Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).