Large groups of students and tourists walking outside of the University in Berlin on a sunny day.
Freie Universität Berlin
Dates to Remember

Exchange Dates to Remember

Fall 2018 Applications

Applications Due: September 21, 2018
Interviews: September 24-28, 2018
Decisions: October 1, 2018

I spent the Summer Semester of 2016 in Berlin, Germany at Freie University.  It was an incredible experience which I recommend highly to any law student. The diversity of my classmates and the lens through which subjects like international law, human rights, the United Nations, and Economics are viewed in Europe allowed me to view our legal system from a perspective that I would not have been able to get here at UConn Law.  

Jonathan Anderson, '17
Berlin, Spring 2016

My experience in Berlin was extremely positive, benefiting all aspects of my life, personally and professionally. I enthusiastically recommend a year of study in Berlin to any and all students who are fluent in German.

Brent M. Houston


Founded in 1948 by students, scholars and scientists who wanted the opportunity to be free to pursue their training, teaching and research activities outside of the scope of political influence, it is now one of the top ranked universities in Germany. The three guiding principles of truth, justice and liberty underscore the values contributing to the legal education.

Students choosing to study at Freie Universität will have a large variety of legal courses to choose from and will work with a German Law professor to select a suitable group of courses tailored to the students' academic preferences and demonstrated fluency level. More than 4,000 students, 25 professors, and over 100 adjunct professors and faculty assistants make the Law Department one of the biggest in Germany.

The Department of Law is structured into three academic parts: civil law/private law, criminal law and public law. Their research in legal studies include Europeanization and international interlinking of law, emphasizing not only in European and international law and comparative law, but also in international economic and regulatory law, law in social practice and age and demographic change within the field of law.

Language Requirement

Students with a knowledge of German are preferred for this program because they will have more options in terms of coursework. However, there are a number of courses taught in English. Set up a meeting with Carrie Field, Director of Graduate and Exchange Programs, to discuss your eligibility of this program.

The programs have different requirements, and participants usually do not need to prove the same level of proficiency in German as regular students.


Each year the International Programs department and the Office of Financial Aid work together to create an appropriate semester or year budget for the exchange program. This budget is based on the UConn Law rate of tuition plus the living costs associated with the program. 

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Term Schedule

Students choosing to study at Free University Berlin can opt to attend the university for the full academic year or for one semester in the fall or spring. Please note that the academic calendar at Free University Berlin does not align with the UConn Law’s academic calendar. Students typically opt for the spring semester which runs from March through July.

First and second year day division students are eligible to study internationally in the second or third year. Evening division students and four-year day students are eligible to study internationally in their third or fourth year.  Applications are due in February of the prior academic year. 

Students choosing to study at Freie Universität Berlin can opt to attend the university for the full academic year or for one semester in the fall or spring.

Fall Semester October to mid-February
Spring Semester April to July
Full Year October to July
Program of Study

The Law Department at Freie Universität Berlin allows direct exchange students to freely choose their classes. There are no mandatory courses to attend and no minimum ECTS credits that need to be obtained. Each exchange student can decide which and how many subjects he/she wants to complete. Exchange students will have the opportunity to study from a number of different subject areas and under many different professors.  

Study Programs:

Overview of all courses offered by the Law Department:

The Law Department at Freie Universität Berlin also offers a list of classes taught in English.  

Additionally, students are able to take courses offered at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

The Culture

Freie Universität is located in Germany's capital city of Berlin and there's nothing this historic city does not offer. It's home to 39 universities, 20 courts, 56 theaters, 157 museums, 1,931 sports clubs, a lake, a river, and a canal system, all meandering through 12 different neighborhoods. Berlin is a city offering unlimited cultural exploration. While living in Berlin, students can explore Museum Island, Charlottenburg Palace, parks, planetariums, lectures, readings, and become part of a vibrant international scene.

Founded in the 13th century and located in the center of Europe, Berlin has an eventful history that defies simple summarization. Caught in the middle of the East-West Conflict, Berlin is a symbol of the European integration process where different political, cultural, and historical experiences have merged to create a truly unique and personable city.

Berlin is a city that continually reinvents itself, offering a laid back way of life amidst historical and traditional activities. Choosing to study in Berlin offers students access to an international university with a global network located in a leafy residential district that has long been a highly respected and well known center of research-based activities.

Ms. Grit Rother
International Office, International Exchange Programs
Boltzmannstr. 3, Raum 1117
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 011-49-30838-52526

Mrs. Carmen Gleisenstein
International Students Mobility - Welcome Services
Bruemmerstr. 52 (subway station: Thielplatz)
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel: 011-49 -30838-70000

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