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Free University of Berlin: Admissions 2024, Acceptance Rate

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About Free University of Berlin

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Year of establishment1948
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Also Known AsFU
Accepted Exams
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UG/PG Course Ratio0.69
No.of Campuses4
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Q:   How to apply at FU Berlin?

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For UG

You can apply to FU Berlin through the Uni-assist portal. Uni-assist takes three to four weeks to process your application and forward it to the university. Thus, the university advises students to apply well in advance. There is no interview involved, and you can track your application status through the Uni-assist only.

For PG

International students need to apply through the Uni-assist portal only. The process is similar to that of undergraduate admissions. No interview is required. For international students with an existing FU Berlin degree, the admission process can be done through its application portal. For more information on this, visit the university website and follow the given instructions.

 

Q:   Is it tough to get into the Free University of Berlin?

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Free University of Berlin is one of the top 100 universities in the world and has an acceptance rate of mere 15%. This figure indicates that only 15 out of 100 applicants manage to secure admission in the Free University of Berlin. Also candidates must meet the GPA and English language requirements. Hence, securing admission in this university is a competitive affair.

 

Q:   How is the Free University of Berlin ranked globally?

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Free University of Berlin is one of the top 100 universities in the world with the rank #98 in QS World University Rankings 2024. In Times Higher Education, Free University of Berlin has claimed the spot #102 in World University Rankings 2024 and #101–200 in Impact Rankings 2023. In US News and World Report 2024 Rankings, Free University of Berlin has secured the rank #87 in Best Global Universities, #28 in Best Global Universities in Europe and #5 in Best Global Universities in Germany.

 

Q:   Is there any application fees for FU Berlin?

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Students applying to undergraduate courses at FU Berlin through the Uniassist need to pay a non-refundable amount of EUR 75. For the first desired course of study, the application fee is EUR 75 through Uniassist, and for each additional course, it is an extra EUR 30. International graduate applicants need to apply through the Uniassist as well. Thus, the application fee is the same as for UG – EUR 75 (non-refundable).

 

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Q:   Does the Free University of Berlin provide scholarships to international students?

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Yes, the Free University of Berlin provide scholarships to international students in order to help them fully concentrate on their studies without the worry of expensive tuition fees. This scholarship programme supports talented students with 300 euros per month,  for a minimum of two semesters starting in October (Extensions are possible).

 

Free University of Berlin Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :Euro 100
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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SOPNot required
LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNeeded for few courses
CVNeeded for few courses
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Summer15ᵗʰ Jan 2025
Winter15ᵗʰ Mar - 4ᵗʰ Sep 2024
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Q:   What are the Free University of Berlin admission requirements?

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The Free University of Berlin admission requirements are:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have reached the equivalent of second-semester sophomore status or beyond at 4-year universities and colleges, and be  in the process of completing their B.A./B.S. degree
  • Must have a very good command of English
  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.0 
 

Q:   How long is the processing time for FU Berlin?

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The processing of an application typically takes four to six weeks, however, it can take even longer towards the end of the application period. To avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application at least four weeks before the deadline.

For undergraduate programs, the university generally releases its decisions by:

Undergraduate Programs

Intakes

Deadlines

Summer

February

Winter

August/September

For graduate programs, FU Berlin reverts to applications as PDF documents through the application portal.

Graduate Programs

Intakes

Deadlines

Summer

February-March

Winter

July or September

 

 

Free University of Berlin Fees, Duration & Entry Requirements 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
M.A.(66 courses)
– / –Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 4.5 - 7.5, TOEFL: 72 - 80, PTE: 59 - 75
MS(22 courses)
– / –Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 4 - 5.5, TOEFL: 43 - 80, PTE: 43 - 59
B.Sc.(16 courses)
– / –Duration3 years-66 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5 - 5.5, TOEFL: 71 - 80, PTE: 58 - 59
B.A.(44 courses)
– / –Duration3 years-42 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5 - 6.5, TOEFL: 94 & Above, PTE: 75 & Above
B.Pharma(1 course)
– / –Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5.5 & Above, TOEFL: 72 & Above, PTE: 59 & Above
MBA/PGDM(4 courses)
– / –Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5.5 & Above, TOEFL: 72 & Above, PTE: 59 & Above
MIM(4 courses)
– / –Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5.5 & Above, TOEFL: 72 & Above, PTE: 59 & Above
BDS(1 course)
– / –Duration5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS
BBA(2 courses)
– / –Duration3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 5.5 & Above, TOEFL: 72 & Above, PTE: 59 & Above
MBBS(1 course)
– / –Duration75 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS
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Q:   What are the eligibility requirements at Free University of Berlin?

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For undergraduate programs, FU Berlin requirements differ depending on the course and major. It accepts 10+3 years of education degree, i.e., either a grade 12 qualification and a one or two-diploma in the respective subject or a grade 10 qualification with a three-year diploma. For international applicants, a German language proficiency test score is compulsory as all UG programs are offered in German only. The university accepts any one of these as proof of German language proficiency:

For the Mono-Bachelor North American Studies course, any one of the English proficiency test scores is required:

Note: Exact score requirements will vary depending on the course. Check the official website for more details.

For graduate programs, each department has different admissions requirements. Thus, score requirements will vary as per course or choice of major apart from a mandatory bachelor’s or master’s degree, which should be equivalent to the country’s standard of education. German or English proficiency tests are required depending on the medium of instruction of the selected course. Check the respective school website for details.

Test Name

Scores 

English proficiency tests accepted

TOEFL: 80 or higher

Or
IELTS: Overall 5.0 or higher

Or

Cambridge CAE/CPE: B2 or higher

German proficiency tests accepted

DSH

Or

TestDAF

Or

German proficiency in CEFR: C1 or higher

Apart from this, some standardized test scores may be mandatory for particular courses, while some courses may be test-optional. Check the website for details.

 

Q:   What is the Free University of Berlin annual tuition fee?

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Free University of Berlin programs comprise of an extensive academic portfolio comprising of a wide variety of courses under the 173 degree programs, 78 undergraduate programs, 9 postgraduate programs, 95 consecutive masters programs, and 51 doctoral programs. The annual tuition fee for some of the most popular courses in the Free University of Berlin are listed in the table below:

Course1st Year Tuition Fee
LL.M.INR 8.49L
 

Q:   What GPA do you need for Free University of Berlin?

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Candidates must have successfully completed at least two semesters of university- or college-level coursework at their home institution, and they must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (students with GPAs below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but admission cannot be guaranteed until their overall qualifications are more carefully examined).

 

Free University of Berlin Accommodation & Meals

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Q:   How many campuses does the Free University of Berlin have?

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Free University of Berlin has four major campuses. Located in the south-western of Berlin, Dahlem Campus is home to several departments like humanities, social science, history, law, business, economics, political sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics. The campus also houses 106-acre large Botanical Garden and John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. The Lankwitz Campus comprises the Institute of Geographical Sciences, Institute of Meteorology, Institute of Geological Sciences, and the Institute for Space Sciences. The campus also has university archives. Duppel Campus houses most of the auxiliary divisions of the Veterinary Medicine Department. Located in Steglitz, Benjamin Franklin Campus is the merged medicine department of the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin.

 

Free University of Berlin Rankings 2024

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#151-175
#101-150
#301-400
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#20
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Q:   What is the Free University of Berlin ranking?

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Free University of Berlin is one of the best and top-rated German universities in the world. It is consistently ranked among the best universities by major global ranking bodies every year. The Free University of Berlin ranking is as follows:

#98 in World University Rankings 2024 - QS World University Rankings
#91 in World University Rankings 2023 - Times Higher Education (THE)
#97 in Best Global Universities 2023 - US News and World Report Rankings 

 

Q:   Is the Free University of Berlin good for international students?

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The Free University of Berlin is one of the top 100 universities in the world with the rank #98 in QS World University Rankings 2024. The university offers 51 doctoral, 9 postgraduate and 98 undergraduate degree programs in various fields like social sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, mathematics, languages, cultural studies, law, economics, business, and arts. It is counted among the top international universities for the high population of international students and teachers. The university also has collaborations with numerous international organizations and institutions from various countries like France, India, Turkey, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Great Britain, Netherlands, Russia, etc. It provides the students with outstanding internship and job opportunities through the tie-ups it has developed with well-established firms over the years. It is one of the best universities for international students.

 

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Free University of Berlin FAQs

Q:   Do I need a residence permit to work while studying in Germany?

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All persons from non-EU countries need to apply for a residence permit for study purposes to work while studying in Germany.
 

Q:   Who are the notable alumni of the Free University of Berlin?

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The Free University of Berlin is associated with many notable alumni belonging to various fields. They are:

  • Shoucheng Zhang - A successful physicist known for his work on topological insulators
  • Jürgen Kocka - A well-known German historian.
  • Klaus Wowereit - Berlin's former mayor.
  • Hartmut Zinser - A successful German religious studies scholar
  • Michael Stürmer - A German historian popular for his part in the 1980s Historikerstreit
  • Wolfgang Becker - A famous German film director
  • Ingeborg Gräßle - Member of the Parliament of Europe
  • Michael Roes - German filmmaker and writer
  • Mario Laserna Pinzón - The founder of Bogotá's Los Andes University
 
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Approximately 23% of the students at the Free University of Berlin are international students.

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Yes, the graduate and post-graduate courses are taught in English at the Free University of Berlin.

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The processing of an application typically takes four to six weeks, however, it can take even longer towards the end of the application period. To avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application at least four weeks before the deadline.

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The English language requirements at the Free University of Berlin are:

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IELTS6.5 (at least 6.0 in every band)

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The admissions process at the Free University of Berlin is extremely tough, with an annual acceptance rate of 15%. 33,500 students attend the institution, with 13% enrolled in foreign bachelor's programs, 29% in master's programs, and 38% in doctorate degree programs. The Free University of Berlin

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