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. One module consists in two courses. The specific requirements of the courses are to be found in the descriptions of the modules. As a general rule, only modules and no single courses can be evaluated. Please note: This rule also applies to your possible minor subjects, i.e. courses at other institutes. 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. In both courses of each module participants will be expected to participate actively, which means one has to give a presentation or other forms of contribution to the discussion during the semester. Only in one of the two there will be an examination in form of an essay or oral exam.
- 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 email@example.com to have them duly signed. Electronical processing via PDF is to be prefered.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.