Program Overview

Note: Summer Session I is NOT open to UO students as program dates overlap with Spring Term.

This program is focused on German language skill development. You will directly enroll in the Freie Universit├Ąt of Berlin (FUBiS) summer program. FUBiS offers semi-intensive and intensive German language at five proficiency levels (A1 to C1), allowing you to improve your German skills considerably. Field trips to historic, cultural and political institutions are integral components of all classes. In addition, you will develop your intercultural communication skills as part of an international community of students from more than 50 countries studying in Berlin. Further these skills by living with a local family in a homestay.

Academic Details

Note: Summer courses in Berlin can fill quickly, and you are encouraged to complete and submit all application materials as early as possible. The Summer I session is not available to UO students because program dates overlap with Spring Term.

You will enroll in the intensive German language course of 180 contact hours for Summer I (six weeks) or 120 contact hours during Summer II (four weeks). Note that GEO's Summer I corresponds to FUBiS term II and GEO's Summer II corresponds to FUBis term III. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Intensive German language classes meet every weekday and allow you to focus on and improve your German language skills. Courses are kept small; the number of participants remains below 15 students per class. The FUBiS staff are a dedicated team, motivated to organize this summer program for international students. FUBiS carefully selects its teaching faculty, and instructors must have demonstrated outstanding competence and experience in their particular discipline. Therefore the FUBiS faculty are an exceptional group made up of individual professors from many regions around the world.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Housing Description

In this program, you will live with a homestay family in Berlin. The homestays vary from relatively small, centrally located apartments to larger private homes outside of central Berlin. Host families are carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and language proficiency by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Homestays include daily breakfast and one additional meal per day. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the Berlin program and remain lifelong friends with their host family.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer I20202/15/20204/15/20205/30/20207/11/2020
Summer II20202/15/20204/15/20207/18/20208/15/2020

Travel Advisories

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.