The Department of Philosophy at FU Berlin considers itself as open to the world and pluralistic. We invite students from all over the world to study philosophy with us. Students from abroad can choose between multiple options to study philosophy at FU Berlin. One possibility is to apply for the regular program with the aim of a degree as Bachelor or Master of Arts. In this case you will study as a degree-seeking student of FU Berlin. The application is to be done with the Freie Universität Berlin Student Administration Office, not with us as the Department of Philosophy. Sufficient language skills are essential. More information about how to become a degree-seeking student will be found here.
Furthermore, there are several opportunities to spend one or two semesters at our department as a non-degree-seeking student. In this case your academic performance will be recognized at your home university as part of your regular degree program. There a several ways in order to do so, from direct exchange with our numerous partner institutions to mobility with DAAD, Fulbright, and Other Programs. A low-threshold way to FU Berlin is through Erasmus+. The following information are mostly but not exclusively dedicated to Erasmus+ students.
What to expect?
- The idea that guides us at our department is an active and controversial group discussion in the seminars. Lectures are meant rather to provide an overview of the respective subject for beginning students. Prepare yourself to engage in the discussion.
- All Non-degree-seeking students enjoy the full right to participate even in overbooked courses. There are no privileges for degree-seeking-students in this regard.
- It is possible to take courses outside the department at other FU's departments or at other universities at Berlin, namely UdK, HU and TU. Please note: There is no legal framework for this cooperation. So you have to ask the respective course instructor for admission. You need to state explicitly your status as FU incoming student.
How to prepare?
- Your academic performance will be graduated according to the European Credit Transfer Systems (ECTS). Note: One Credit Point is equivalent to one ECTS as both are rewarded for a workload of 30 hours. See for general information these pages of FU´s incoming service.
- IMPORTANT: Your performance will be graduated in a modularised manner.The specific requirements of the moduls vary. They are to be found in the Studien- und Prüfungsordnung inkl. Modulbeschreibungen for BA (MA: here). As a general rule, only modules and no single courses can be evaluated. This document lists the constellation of courses in every modul, e.g. two seminars or one lecture and one seminar, and the conditions of the exam, e.g. oral exam, paper ("Hausarbeit 3600-4800 Wörter"), essay. Please use it together with the course catalog to compile your Learning Agreement.
- Please note: This rule also applies to your possible minor subjects, i.e. courses at other institutes. Languages courses are an exemtion to that rule. If you study philosophy in the minor subject and your stay is organized by another institute, at Department of Philosophy only complete modules can be evaluated.
- The Numbers of ECTS points vary in accordance to the academic level. In basic BA modules ("Basisbereich des BA") are 5 points rewarded, in advanced BA modules ("Aufbaubereich des BA") 10 and in Master modules 15 points. You need to know how many ECTS points you should have in the end of your stay. The same holds for the form of examination. Your sending institution's regulation determine their recognition of your academic performance.
- All incoming students, including Erasmus+ students, select their courses as part of their modules taken with Campus Management. It highly advised to keep your records on Campus Management as close to reality as possible. If you track your academic records via paper forms ("Papierschein") draw a copy of them and hand this copy in. Keep the original.
- The Learning Agreements are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to have them duly signed. Electronical processing via PDF is to be prefered.
- The course catalog for the proceeding term is published during the second half of the semester before. If you need your LA to be done before please use the preliminary one for the time being and adjust your LA later. Experience shows that many incomings change their LA in the first weeks after classes get started. The LA form sheet allows for these changes as they is the Table B for changes during the stay.
- Look at this LA-example to get an Idea of how to organize your LA and adopt it to the specific requirements of your sending institution.
- All sorts of Confirmations of Stay/Arrival etc. are to be sent to International Office, Section Incoming Mobility in order to have them duly issued.
What to organize by the end of your stay?
- In order to have your concluding Transcript of Records (ToR) issued you have to request it by the end of your stay. There is no automatic process. You have to provide your Leistungsnachweise (be it via CampusManagement or via Papierschein) and a second form to be found here, and send all documents to email@example.com. Please keep in mind that processing your request takes a little time. It is your responsibility to schedule the administrative process. Indicate time pressure at an early stage.
- The teaching staff is asked to evaluate the academic performances in a timely manner in order to allow the recognition of the ECTS points at the sending institution in time. If you need your ToR in time please indicate the time pressure at an early stage.