About Freie Universitat Berlin
The Freie Universitat Berlin Program is perfectly suited to beginning-level German language students. The University is a well-renown German institution with a population of around 40,000 students, including international students from 80 countries. Students are required to take 6-8 credit hours of intensive German-language instruction in addition to other courses offered in German or in English.
Berlin (pop. 3.4 million) is rich in history and culture. The contrasts between the former East and West Berlin are still evident in the city’s architecture. Students will find easy access via Berlin’s efficient transportation system to other cities around Germany and Europe. With the host-family housing option students live with a family in the Berlin area and learn about the German culture while practicing language skills on a daily basis.
Fall Semester: Late August to December
Spring Semester: February to mid-May
There are no German-language pre-requisites, however, students must have a serious commitment to obtain language-proficiency.
Courses & Credits:
All students enroll in an Intensive German-language course and three additional courses for a total of 4.0 Wheaton credits. Courses taught in English are available in addition to the Intensive German course.
Housing & Board:
Students choose to live in either a single-occupancy furnished studio or with a home-stay family. Board is included only in the home-stay option.
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees and international insurance. Students will pay costs directly to their study abroad university. Please note that this may or may not include a meal plan. Students will book and pay for their own flights.
Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS. This can in turn be used to pay their study abroad university for room and board charges.
Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet
can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to your university’s visiting or international student website for an overview of all additional expenses, which may include visas, international cell phones, and discretionary expenses.
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322