FUBiS Term I, II and III are the official academic summer and winter programs of Freie Universität Berlin.
These terms and conditions apply to all services and offerings associated with the FUBiS summer and winter university programs. The terms and conditions of any and all of our customers and suppliers are hereby voided and have no validity. Any changes or additions to these terms and conditions made before or at the time an agreement was reached must be confirmed in writing before becoming effective.
Freie Universität Berlin has entrusted ERG Universitätsservice GmbH with the task of carrying out the organization and management of FUBiS.
Registrations can be made by using the online registration form.
Once the registration is received and processed, the FUBiS office will send the student a confirmation and an invoice by e-mail. The registration becomes legally binding by sending the confirmation and invoice. The participant thereby accepts the payment conditions outlined below. Invoices which are sent up to 4 weeks prior to the program start, must be paid within 7 days. Invoices which are sent at a later point in time must be paid within 3 days. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of the registration. All fees listed apply to individual registrations.
It is essential to register as early as possible. If no place is available in any of the courses selected by the applicant, the FUBiS office will contact the applicant in due time in order to discuss other options. Should no solution be found, Freie Universität Berlin will refund all payments made so far.
Admission will not be denied on the basis of race, ethnic or national origin, creed, gender/sex, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation/identity.
No insurance policy of any kind is included in the FUBiS fees. Each participant must have health insurance which must be valid in Germany (preferably Europe) for the duration of the FUBiS program. It is strongly recommended that students also purchase an accident insurance and an indemnity/liability insurance. It is possible to book an optional insurance package through the FUBiS office that includes health, liability and damage insurance.
All payments must be made in Euros (€).
Payment via bank transfer:
All payments must be made to the following account of the Freie Universität Berlin:
Hauptkasse der Freien Universität Berlin
Deutsche Bank AG (German Bank code 100 708 48)
Konto - Nr. 512164500
BIC / Swift-Code: DEUTDEDB110
IBAN DE90 10070848 0512164500
Anschrift: Otto-Suhr-Allee 6-16, 10585 Berlin; Deutschland
Please note that you are required to cover all transaction fees associated with such a transfer of funds.
Should the participant’s account, due to currency conversion or bank-specific procedures, show a minor amount still payable after the conclusion of the payment transaction process, the participant has to pay the remaining amount during the opening event of the respective term at the very latest.
Payment by credit card:
We accept Visa and MasterCard.
For payment by credit card you must provide the Freie Universität Berlin with the name of the card, your 16-digit credit card number, the name of the credit card holder, the expiration date of the card and the 3-digit card verification number, which you can find printed on the back of the card right after the 16-digit card number. If the name of the credit card holder does not match the name of the participant, we shall need the full address of the credit card holder.
The FUBiS course listings, contents, and objectives are published on our official website www.fubis.org. The selection of courses is the responsibility of each participant. We therefore advise the participant to take note of any relevant prerequisites, language level requirements, workload or other aspects of a course. Each participant should consider if the course contents and objectives of a given course correspond with his/her needs and expectations and also whether he/she possesses the necessary prior qualification for a course. We recommend that participants contact their advisor prior to registration.
FUBiS teaching personnel is carefully selected in a rigorous screening and application process. FUBiS instructors must have demonstrated outstanding competence and experience in their particular discipline. Furthermore, Freie Universität Berlin guarantees that all courses, corresponding to their content, will be carried out in a professional manner and are in fulfilment of the stated objectives. The Academic Board of FUBiS has reviewed and approved all academic program offerings. This Board consists of at least five tenured professors representing different academic disciplines. A course and program evaluation and assessment procedure is in place.
Every student receives an official transcript at the end of the FUBiS program. The transcript lists the duration of the program, the course title(s), the number of contact hours, the number of ECTS credits earned, and the grade(s). Please note that credits can only be awarded if you are currently / have been enrolled at a university.
The program and all courses are held in one of the campus facilities of the Freie Universität Berlin. A transfer to a non-university site due to unexpected unavailability of space may occur under certain circumstances.
Number of participants per course
The maximum enrolment shall not exceed 18 students for subject classes and 15 students for German language courses. In exceptional cases, more participants per class may be allowed.
German language course:
Students interested in taking a German language instruction course are asked to first sign up for a course of their choice. There will be an online placement test a couple of weeks before FUBiS starts and a short interview on the first day of class to assure placement in a course that corresponds to the student's level of German proficiency.
Students interested in partaking in a course taught exclusively in German must have language proficiency on an advanced Intermediate level (Mittelstufe II) in order to fully benefit from these courses. Most courses are taught in English. Language proficiency on an advanced Intermediate level (Mittelstufe II) is a prerequisite for participation in these courses, too.
FUBiS reserves the right to exclude participants from their subject course(s) when they do not meet the essential language requirements as stated in the syllabus and on the FUBiS website. The decision will be made in consultation with the instructors, the student and the FUBiS Program officials.
Additional program offerings
Additional program offerings booked by participants are not subject to FUBiS liability and can only be offered according to availability.
Cancellation of participation in the FUBiS program is possible in principle, subject to the following conditions:
Participants have to inform FUBiS in writing about cancellation. In case of cancellation up to four weeks prior to the start of a given program (see dates under 1), the participant receives a refund of course tuition fees and of payments for an accommodation, insurance and/or excursion organized or mediated by Freie Universität Berlin, minus possibly applied bank fees. The program fee is non-refundable. No fees of any kind are refunded in case of cancellation less than four weeks prior to the start of a given program. In this case participants are requested to contact the FUBiS office.
Freie Universität Berlin reserves the right to cancel courses with an enrolment of fewer than 8 participants four weeks prior to the start of a given program. Should such cancellation be necessary, the affected participants will be notified and informed about available alternatives. Should no solution be found, Freie Universität Berlin will refund all payments made so far.
As FUBiS is an intensive short-term study abroad program, there is no drop and add period. However, a class change is possible under the following narrow circumstances:
Should a student decide to drop a class, the rules and regulations for cancellation apply.
The course change fee for changes made after registration amounts to 75 EUR per course.
Freie Universität Berlin – like most German universities – does not own any student dorms or housing facilities. Freie Universität Berlin arranges appropriate off-campus accommodation for the duration of the program as an optional service at the student’s request. Accommodation options are published on the FUBiS website www.fubis.org and can be chosen during the registration process. Placement is subject to availability.
Berlin is home to four universities and a dozen colleges. Students looking for short-term leases face various challenges in finding housing that is available for short-term lease, meets basic standards and remains affordable. As an optional service, Freie Universität Berlin serves as an intermediary between students and a range of accommodation options that match these criteria. Please note that your lease will be short-term. In Germany, it is customary that short-term leases are relatively more expensive than long-term leases - one can expect to pay more than twice as much for a short-term stay. Cost advantages that Freie Universität Berlin might be able to negotiate with housing providers are passed on to the student.
Please note that Freie Universität Berlin only serves as an intermediary. Freie Universität Berlin is not liable for any agreement between the two parties of renter and landlord.
Changing or cancellation of booked accommodation is only free of charge up to four weeks prior to program start (see also 4.).
Within the scope of the FUBiS program, photos and videos of the participants are taken at events (orientation event, excursions, teaching situations, farewell event, and special events if applicable). These photos and videos are possibly distributed and/or published by FUBiS and the Freie Universität Berlin on the websites www.fubis.org and www.fu-berlin.de, on social networks like Facebook – e.g. under www.facebook.com/fubis.berlin -, Twitter – e.g. under www.twitter.com/fubis_berlin - or Instagram, Xing and LinkedIn, on Youtube, in study abroad online portals as well as in print media for publication purposes and/or advertising purposes. Any participant who does not wish to be photographed or filmed is responsible for informing the FUBiS team or the respective photographers or film crew commissioned by FUBiS.
Freie Universität Berlin reserves all copyrights to any materials distributed to participants. No materials or content thereof may be copied, sold or used for third parties respectively commercially without explicit prior approval by FUBiS. Each participant receives all documentation and materials for personal use solely.
Insofar as the FUBiS participants submit photos and/or videos to FUBiS (also within the scope of a photo/video contest organized by FUBiS on Facebook or Instagram if applicable), the following applies:
Upon submission of photos and/or videos to FUBiS, the participants assure that these were created by themselves without the assistance of originator or ancillary copyright legally protected services of third parties. The participants assure that they can freely dispose of their photos/videos in relation to the copyright usage rights.
If one or several individuals are recognizable in the photos/videos, the persons concerned have to agree that the respective photo/video is made publicly accessible. The participants will confirm the preceding in writing on request by FUBiS.
The participants further assure that through the utilization of the submitted photos and/or videos according to the following provisions, no copyright, ancillary copyright, privacy or other rights of third parties are violated. Should any third parties still assert claims for infringement of their above-mentioned rights, the participants indemnify FUBiS against all claims.
By submitting photos and/or videos, the participants grant for the respective photos/videos free of charge non-exclusive usage rights to Freie Universität Berlin – unrestricted in terms of space, time and concerning the contents – for presentation purposes and/or advertising purposes in connection with the FUBiS program.
The preceding use by Freie Universität Berlin is not guaranteed. Freie Universität Berlin is not obliged to make use of the photos/videos.
Freie Universität Berlin has the right to be named as the source for the photos and/or videos used within the scope of the granted usage rights, and the participants agree to waive a separate copyright or authorship notice.
Cancellation of a course or other aspects of the FUBiS program as a result of illness, acts of God or otherwise unforeseeable events or developments may occur. In such a case, participants are not entitled to having such courses or other aspects take place.
If any provision of these terms and conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the validity of the other provisions of these terms and conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.
Each participant agrees to the storage and use of personal data for the fulfilment of the agreement. Personal data storage protection is governed by Federal German Data Protection Act. Participants' personal data will not be made available to third parties. (http://www.erggmbh.de/datenschutz/index.html)
The laws of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply to these terms and conditions, and the parties agree to Berlin (Germany) as the place of jurisdiction.
As of: August 15, 2019