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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, German
Housing: Campus Housing, Flat/Apartment, Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Direct Enrollment
Language Courses Offered: German Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Government and International Policy, German, Global Affairs, History
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:

Freie Universität Berlin Summer School (FUBiS)

Berlin, Germany (Summer)

FU Berlin Library
Study in Berlin this summer and earn six transfer credits at one of Germany's most prestigious universities! The city of Berlin is one of Europe's most dynamic capitals, a city of contrast and fusion. Fodor's Travel calls it the "only European city without official closing hours!" FUBiS offers semi-intensive German language classes at up to five different proficiency levels. In addition, FUBiS offers subject classes on various topics. Most subject classes are held in English by distinguished German and international faculty. Students can take a combination of language and subject classes. This allows them to improve their language skills as well as further their knowledge of a subject matter.


Mason undergraduate students only. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Courses Available

Students will earn 6 transfer credits on this program. Students should combine one A-Track course with one B-Track course.

Choosing Courses Abroad

This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.


Students have the option of staying in:


This program comes with two excursions included in the program fee - a river boat tour through downtown Berlin and a guided tour through the Reichstag building and Federal Parliament. Additional excursions are available for purchase directly from FUBiS.

Program Cost

Summer 2019: 

Term II:
$5,648 (shared apartment)
$5,988 (single apartment)
$6,063 (homestay)

Term III:
$4,126 (shared apartment)
$4,386 (single apartment)
$4,446 (homestay)


  • Tuition and fees for 6 credits (Mason and FU-BiS)
  • Housing (shared apartment, single occupancy apartment, or homestay)
  • International Emergency Insurance
  • Some excursions
  • Weekly movie time presenting popular and well-known German movies
  • Student ID (reduced prices for meals at the dining hall of the Freie Universität, student tickets for sights, museums, etc.)
  • Access to libraries and computing (including internet/WI-FI) and printing facilities on the campus
  • Welcome and farewell buffet
  • Pre-departure Orientation at Mason

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Passport fees
  • Meals
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
  • Personal spending
  • Optional excursions

Program Payments

Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 must be received by April 18, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments and financial aid:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Early-Mid March


Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Mikaela Spencer
Phone 703-993-2641
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/11/2019
Rolling Admission 05/25/2019 07/06/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative. They will be updated when received from the partner university.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.