Berlin is Germany's capital and is known as a dynamic, multicultural center. The city is home to 3.4 million people and is located in Northeastern Germany. Berlin features countless museums, opera houses, and theaters along with a rich past, spanning many centuries of German history. Students will receive a monthly transportation pass for travel around the city of Berlin.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an on-site orientation in Berlin. 

Program Details

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in private homes where only German is spoken. Host families provide breakfast and dinner. The informal atmosphere enhances language learning. 

Academics

Students attend the Freie Universität, one of Germany's premier institutions of higher education, located in the Southwest sector of Berlin. The university was founded in 1948, and has an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students.

All students must enroll in intensive German language courses (eight credits) and two or three elective courses (three credits each) that are taught in English, for a total of 14-17 credits earned during the semester.

Sample elective courses include:

Group 1, Area 1:

Modern German History in European Context: A Thematic Approach (three credits)

Group 1, Area 2:

Islam and Europe: Historical and Contemporary Dimensions (three credits) Integration, Conflict, and Security in Europe (three credits)

Group 3, Area 5:

Perspectives on 20th Century Art in Central Europe (three credits)

German Cinema to 1945 (three credits)

Berlin: History, Memory, Literature (three credits)

Architecture in Berlin from the 19th Century to Today (three credits)

Literatur und Film in Deutschland nach der Vereinigung (Taught in German) (three credits)

Group 3, Area 6:

The Promise of German Philosophy: Kant to Sloterdijk (three credits)

DSP (juniors and seniors):

Contemporary Germany in European Perspective (three credits)

The Human Condition and Totalitarian Experience (three credits)

Costs

  • LVC tuition and fees 
  • LVC room and partial board 

Travel and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees are subject to change. 

Dates

Fall semester

  • Applications should be received by March 15 for fall.
  • $25 deposit is due w/ application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit by application deadline.*
  • Packet-of-forms is due by April 15 for fall.
  • Fall semester in Berlin (approx. 14-17 credits): Early September to mid-December.

Spring semester

  • Applications should be received by October 1.
  • $25 deposit is due w/ application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit by application deadline.*
  • Packet-of-forms is due by November 15.
  • Spring semester in Berlin (approx. 14-17 credits): Early January to late April.

*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

Language of Instruction

German and English 

Eligibility Requirements

Students from any major who are in good academic standing (3.0 GPA) and have completed at least one year of beginning college-level German may apply. 

Group Excursions

Field trips to museums, concerts, and operas are an integral part of the course work and are carefully planned to take advantage of the rich history and culture of the locale. A one-week excursion will be taken inside Germany and/or another European country. The exact destinations vary and are determined by FU-BEST at the beginning of the program.