FU-BEST Berlin European Studies Program of Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) is a semester program offered in a Fall (September-December) and a Spring (February-May) semesters. Its mission is to educate responsible, global citizens by linking high-quality academic instruction with a broader international experience. FU-BEST aims to provide an intensive and diverse study abroad experience to participants through combining three essential elements: German language instruction, a varied menu of subject courses, and the concept of the “extended classroom.” Small classes, expert faculty, extra-curricular cultural student activities and the availability of day-to-day guidance and support are designed to enable students to make the most of this unique educational opportunity. Using the city of Berlin with its rich cultural, political, and historical offerings as a resource, all courses integrate local field-trips into their curriculum and thus profit from the outstanding location of this fascinating metropolis.
Freie Universität is a Direct Enrollment Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university and pay a Program Fee to Mason that includes tuition.
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Students should not study abroad the last semester of their senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
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 1) you will have to be enrolled full-time while abroad, and 2) similarly to Mason, course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment. Students will be enrolled in a mandatory German language course, offered at all levels (6-8 credit hours for intensive instruction at all levels and 3-4 credit hours for non-intensive instruction at the beginner level). However, those with advanced German skills can take GermanPLUS+ courses (advanced language courses) and German-taught subject courses.
Students will have the option to select from subject courses taught mostly in English by expert faculty, covering such topics and disciplines as cultural studies, art history, comparative literature, the European Union, German history, German and European politics, sociology/psychology, film studies, legal studies, architecture, environmental studies, transatlantic relations, business, music history, and philosophy.
You have the option of choosing a homestay or a fully furnished, single occupancy studio apartment.
Program Cost (2018-2019):
- Tuition and fees (Mason and FU-BEST)
- Housing (single occupancy in apartment or homestay)
- Arrival orientation at FU-BEST
- International Emergency Insurance
- Pre-departure Orientation at Mason
- Round trip airfare
- Other transportation
- Personal spending
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