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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
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 Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
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.

Eligibility

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.

​Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

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.

Housing

Students have the option of staying in:

Excursions

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)

Included:

  • 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 Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

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

First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. 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.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments and financial aid:
Payments

Scholarships

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

Application Deadline:

March 15, 2020

 

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 Martha Sadler
Email intlex@gmu.edu
Phone +1 703-993-2154


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2020 07/06/2020
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.