The Freie Universität Berlin (lit. “Free University of Berlin“, often abbreviated as FU Berlin or simply FU) is a research university located in Berlin and one of the most prominent universities in Germany. It is internationally known for its research in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in the field of natural and life sciences.
Freie Universität Berlin was one of nine German universities to win in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a national competition for universities organized by the German federal government. Winning a distinction for five doctoral programs, three interdisciplinary research clusters (some of them in cooperation with other universities) and its overall institutional strategy as an”International Network University”, Freie Universität Berlin is one of the most successful universities in the initiative.
Freie Universität maintains wide-ranging international contacts to top universities and organizations which provide key impulses for research and teaching. Today, Freie Universität has established over 400 partnerships in five continents, many of them as part of the European ERASMUS program. Every year, about 600 visiting scientists contribute to the university teaching and research. For the grant programs in Germany, Freie Universität is one of the first choices both for the ERASMUS and Tempus as well as for the Fulbright program and the international programs of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). An International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) has been set up for international students offering (semi-)intensive German courses and numerous subject courses.
With 12 departments (FB) and three interdisciplinary central institutes, the university can be seen as an universitas litterarum (a traditional university where studies in all basic sciences is possible).
• Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy
• Department of Earth Sciences
• Department of Law.
• School of Business and Economics, which contains two academic units
» Business Administration, which is divided into the departments of Finance, Accounting and Taxation, Information Systems, Management and Marketing
» Economics consisting of the departments of Economic Policy, Economic Theory, Public Economics and Statistics/Econometrics
• Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
• Department of Education and Psychology
• Department of Philosophy and Humanities
• Department of Physics
• Department of Political and Social Science
• Department of Veterinary Medicine
Despite the variety of subjects, apart from computer science, studies in the field of engineering can only be done at the Technical University or universities of applied science(Fachhochschulen).
Interdisciplinary Central Institutes
1. John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
2. Institute for Eastern European Studies
3. Institute for Latin American Studies
Freie Universität Berlin is consistently ranked among Germany’s top universities overall, with particularly strong showing in the arts & humanities followed by the social sciences internationally. In the QS World Reputation Ranking 2014, Freie Universität was placed at the 81–90 slots being the fifth German university ranked in the list. According to the 2014, Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, the university ranks 130th worldwide and 35th in Europe. The CWTS Leiden Ranking ranks Freie Universität at 167th worldwide and 68th in Europe in 2013. In the “Excellence Ranking” of the CHE (Center for Higher Education Development), Freie Universität ranks top in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Political science. In the CHE “Subject Ranking”, Freie Universität has been evaluated as one of Germany’s best universities in Earth sciences, Computer science and Philosophy and also ranks among the Top 5 in Psychology, English studies and Education.