About Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 by professors and students, in response to the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. The idea of founding a free university found widespread support in the international community, including financial support.

The future development concept of Freie Universität is based on three key strategic centers: the Center for Research Strategy, which focuses on research planning; the Center for International Cooperation; and the Dahlem Research School, which supports next-generation academic talent.

The university offers a comprehensive range of studies and highly competitive programs at all academic levels. While it enjoys a particularly strong reputation in the social sciences and humanities, it is also home to cutting-edge research in the natural and Earth sciences as well as computer sciences and mathematics.

As reflected in its name, Freie Universität Berlin has valued academic freedom as one of its core principles since its founding in 1948. Early on, the institution gained a particularly international outlook, and today it has become the premier choice for students and scholars coming to Germany from abroad.

The research performed at Freie Universität is marked by excellence within disciplines and encouragement for interdisciplinary orientation, a broad variety of academic and scientific networks, and areas of focus that enjoy high international visibility and competitiveness.

The university’s main campus is located in Berlin-Dahlem, where the peaceful residential setting offers an ideal atmosphere to focus on learning or conducting research.

Student Lift in Freie University Berlin

The Student Services Center is open throughout the year. You can contact the Info-Service Studium without pre-registration. The service at the Info-Counter Mensa II (Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26) is available at the same time. The office hours of all further service facilities are listed below.

The central contact point for all kinds of requests about your studies is located in Iltisstr. 4, subway station Dahlem-Dorf. On the ground floor employees of the Info-Service Studium receive the visitors. On the first and second floor the offices of the General Academic Advising, the Psychological Counseling, and the International Student Mobility.


The system of accreditation was implemented in Germany on the part of the German Rectors' Conference within the framework of the Bologna Process which aims at creating a collective European space for higher education. 

The system is designed to secure the quality of academics and teaching according to collective European standards. The process of accreditation is completed by an agency for accreditation. At the end of this process, the Accreditation Council awards their seal of approval to the respective degree program.

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