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During their first semester (fall or spring) students enroll in the following for a minimum of 18 points:

German Discourse and Culture, 6 points
Taken during the orientation period prior to the start of the German semester, this mandatory six-week course combines extensive language study with an introduction to the discourse of German academic culture, both spoken and written, in preparation for successful study in the German university system. Special attention is paid to practical vocabulary for both academic and daily living applications. Satisfactory completion is required as a condition of enrollment in courses at the FU.

Selected topics in German studies, 4 points
The Academic Director determines the topic of this course every year, based on his or her own academic interests and background. The course takes advantage of Berlin and its resources to inform the coursework. Past topics have covered history, art history, literature, theater, and cinema. During the spring term, a course on German-American relations is offered by the Resident Administrative Director.

Supervised study in the German university system, minimum of 8 points
Direct enrollment into at least two courses in the German university system. Based on the results of a placement exam taken at the end of the practicum, BCGS staff assist students in finding appropriate courses for their language level and academic interests.

For a second semester in Berlin, students continuing from the fall enroll in the following:

Four courses for a total of 16 points, minimum of 3 Supervised study in the German university system courses (4 points each)

Please note:
Your course schedule is subject to the approval of the BCGS Academic Director.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.




German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)   
  • German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  • German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  • German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III
Fall semester 2016
Spring semester 2017


German Discourse and Culture (required of all incoming fall and spring students)
  •     German I3335: German Discourse and Culture I
  •     German I3405: German Discourse and Culture II
  •     German I4335: German Discourse and Culture III

Fall 2015 Semester Courses (required of all incoming students)

Spring 2016 Semester Courses (German l3600 or l3994 required of all incoming spring students)

To download complete course descriptions, please click on: BCGS: Courses 2015-16


For a complete listing of courses for the 2013-14 year, please click on: BCGS: Courses 2014-15


Freie Universität Subject Areas

FU Course Catalog 

The Freie Universität Berlin offers courses in the following subject areas.

Anthropology and Archaeology of the Americas Indian Art History
Ancient Near Eastern Studies Indian Languages and Literature
Social Anthropology Iranian Studies
Arabic Studies Islamic Studies
Archaeology Japanese Studies
Art History Jewish Studies
Biochemistry Latin
Biology Latin American Languages and Literature
Byzantine Studies Law
Chemistry Mathematics
Chinese Studies Media and Communication Studies
Comparative Religions Meteorology
Computer Science Mineralogy
Dentistry Musicology
Dutch Language and Literature North American Studies
Eastern European Studies Pharmacy
Economics Philosophy
Educational Science Physics
Egyptology Political Science
English Language and Literature Primary School Education
French Studies Psychology
General and Comparative Literature Romance Languages and Literature
Geography Semitic Studies
Geology-Paleontology Slavic Languages and Literature
Geophysics Sociology
German Language and Literature Theater Studies
Greek Theology
Historical and Comp. Indo-European Linguistics Turkic Studies 


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