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Study Abroad

Freie Universität Berlin

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    The FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) Program seeks to educate responsible, global citizens by promoting intercultural sensitivity in a multi-faceted environment. The program aims to provide an intensive and diverse study abroad experience to its participants. Combining mandatory German language instruction and a varied menu of subject courses taught in English and German, FU-BEST is intended to be an accessible opportunity to a wide range of potential participants. Using its concept of the “extended classroom”,  the program’s goal is to link high-quality academic instruction with a broader international experience, encompassing elements of culture, society, history, and politics, in Berlin, in Germany, and in (Central) Europe generally. Small classes and the availability of day-to-day guidance and support are designed to enable students to make the most of a unique educational opportunity.

    Students have the option to participate in an internship at the end of their semester program. Visit the website below for more information.

    Program Highlights:

    • Visit the Chancellor's Office (Bundeskanzleramt).
    • Full-week excursion.
    • Visit the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen.
    • Attend a concert, opera, and/or soccer match.
    • Former prison complex in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, East Germany’s state security police (Stasi).
    • Museum Pass.
    • Choice of housing options (homestay or single apartment).

    Location Berlin, Germany
    Program Type Partner University Program
    Program Term Fall, Spring, Academic Year
    Additional Information A Partner University program is a study abroad experience where students are nominated/accepted by Stony Brook University, and enroll at a partner institution. In most cases SBU faculty or staff are NOT traveling with participants.

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    *Students must maintain full-time status while abroad

    • Mandatory enrollment in a German language course (beginner-advanced levels offered).
    • Additional subject courses are taught in English. Options include History, Psychology, Political Science, Film Studies, Art & Architecture, Philosophy, Business/Economics, and Environmental Studies.

    Applications must be submitted to Stony Brook University first. Information regarding the next steps in the process will be distributed to students who have received formal nominations by the Study Abroad Advisor.

    Program Details

    Language of Instruction English, German
    Language Proficiency German language proficiency is not required.
    Program Term Fall, Spring, Academic Year
    Living Arrangements Participants select between a home-stay (includes breakfast and dinner each day) or a fully-furnished, single-occupancy studio apartment (self-catering)

    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.

    Additional Information

    Grades earned in a Partner University program   WILL NOT  calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students.

    Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.

  • Requirements


    GPA 3.0
    Other Requirements

    Students must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program.

    Sophomore standing and above

    Application Deadline

    Fall/academic year admission: March 15 

    Spring admission: October 15 

    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee $60
    Tuition Rate $ 3,435 per semester for NY residents

    $12,270 per semester for non-residents
    Program Fee $9,850 (includes housing, orientation, cultural excursions, one week-long excursion, semester pass for public transportation, museum pass, required German health insurance, welcome reception and farewell dinner; students selecting the homestay option will also receive two meals per day)
    Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
    International Health Insurance $55 per month approximately
    Other Fees $2,000 (approximately; meals, books, etc.)
    Travel Costs $980-$1,380 (approximately; Students are responsible for their travel arrangements including airfare, visa costs)

    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.


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