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Maryland-in-Berlin (Germany)

Berlin, Germany
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,German

Group in front of Brandenburg Gate
Berlin, the capital of a reunited Germany, has a singularly unique perspective on Europe's history and future. The city's tumultuous past and dynamic rejuvenation combine to make it an exciting locale in which to explore contemporary Germany. The city abounds in cultural opportunities such as art museums, avant-garde cinema, architecture and design, diverse recreational activities, and a vibrant youth culture. A sojourn with Maryland-in-Berlin will give you an enriching life experience in this remarkable world capital city.

Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST) is the host institution of the Maryland-in-Berlin program. Specializing in international education, FU-BEST provides a rigorous and immersive German academic experience. FU-BEST offers a variety of intensive area studies including European and Germanic studies, economics, government and politics, international relations, and film studies.

Student applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing and must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD juniors, seniors, and sophomores are eligible to apply to this program. Non-UMD students are not eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

The FU-BEST (Berlin European Studies) program is located in Berlin, Germany in a large villa on the Freie Universität Berlin campus area. The program combines mandatory German language instruction and a varied selection of content courses taught in English and German. 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, Germany, and (Central) Europe in general. Small classes and the availability of day-to-day guidance and support are provided so you can make the most of a unique educational opportunity.

The FU-BEST program does not require knowledge of German prior to enrollment and courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted. You are required to take a German language class at FU-BEST. Intensive instruction is offered at all levels for six (6) credits. Non-intensive instruction for three (3) credits is offered ONLY at the beginner level. Elective classes at FU-BEST are offered for UMD resident and transfer credit. You will choose from a variety of elective courses within a wide variety of academic disciplines. View the full course lists for:

Please refer to the FU-BEST Academic Regulations and Code of Conduct for an explanation of how credits and grades are awarded. Please see the Maryland-in-Berlin Academic Overview for more details on the academic structure and policies of this program.

Maryland-in-Berlin offers exciting choices for immersive housing in the German capital. You have a choice between living with a German host family and in a studio in a Berliner flat. Host families are ideal for students who want to strengthen their German language skills, and who seek a supportive home environment. If you choose the studio option, you will live in a fully furnished flat with a kitchenette in the same complex as Berliners. FU-BEST will provide assistance in arranging housing. Regardless of your housing choice, you can expect to have a commute to and from Frei Universität Berlin because housing is located all over the city. See the Maryland-in-Berlin Housing Overview for more details.

Fall Budget

Cost listed are for fall 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $6,135
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $2,465
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live with host families or in apartments.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $10,000
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,600
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course materials $250
In-country transportation $100
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $1,600
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $15,240

Spring Budget

Cost listed are for spring 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $6,324
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $3,276.00
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live with host families or in apartments.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $11,000
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,600
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course materials $250
In-country transportation $100
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $1,600
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $16,240

 

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Conrad Zeutenhorst is the regional advisor for Germany and coordinates the administration of the Maryland-in-Berlin program. Conrad advises prospective students and can answer questions about the program and living in Germany. He coordinates program admissions, course registration, pre-departure orientation, and other logistical aspects of the program. Conrad is the primary point of contact for students before they go to Berlin and upon return to College Park.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 01/01/2017 08/28/2017 12/15/2017
CAUTION: Students who live in apartments arrive on August 28th, while students who live in homestays arrive on August 29th. See the Fall 2017 Masterschedule for details: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/fubest/schedules/index.html
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 01/01/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 06/01/2017 01/29/2018 05/18/2018
CAUTION: Students who live in apartments arrive on January 29th, while students who live in homestays arrive on January 30th. See the Spring 2018 Master schedule for details.