3 years
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About this course

With its international alignment, Economics as taught at Freie Universität is considered one of the most dynamic and successful groupings of researchers in Europe. The academic unit explicitly focuses on the field of financial studies where scholars discuss issues of current politics, taxes, regulation, and labor market policies. This concentration, which is spurred in part by the university’s physical proximity to Germany’s political center, represents a special feature in the economics research landscape.

Another central field is applied microeconomics, which considers the governance of markets and organizations. Researchers in this field focus particularly on the applications of microeconomics and game theory in the areas of industrial economics, information economics, and contract theory. Researchers working in economic policy within the academic unit continue Berlin’s longstanding tradition as a center of monetary macroeconomics and pay particular attention to the areas of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), while also studying the design of bodies responsible for monetary policy as well as central bank communications.

Entry Requirements

Language requirements

Some undergraduate study programs require certain language skills, which have to be proven either within the application procedure or within the enrollment at Freie Universität Berlin.

There are specific additional requirements for admission to some undergraduate programs. These requirements generally involve specific language skills, which students are required to demonstrate as part of the process of admission  or enrollment to Freie Universität Berlin.

1. Language proof for application procedure 
Application for the first semester
For some programs, students have to pass a mandatory language test. The requirements for the following programs are met only if the language test is passed or in case of exemption from the test (core subject and/or module):

English Philology, French Philology, Spanish Philology, Italian Philology, French Studies, Italian Studies, and North American Studies

Please note that in certain circumstances you have to pass several language tests (depending on the chosen program) and the test registration or the exemption from tests has to be done for each subject. 

Applicants for the first semester inform themselves (before application deadline) on the websites of the Language Center of Freie Universität Berlin about:

  • test dates (winter semester mid till end of July)
  • test registration
  • deadlines for the exemption from tests

The Language Center of Freie Universität Berlin is responsible for granting exemptions from language tests. On the websites of the Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) (see “Sprachtests” (only in German)) information is available, which qualifications are recognized as equivalent to the required.

Applicants for the first semester of a program who do not meet the language requirements (Test nicht bestanden oder nicht teilgenommen, keine Befreiung vom Test) will not be considered in the admission process.

Application for higher semesters
Applicants for higher semesters of one of the above-mentioned study programs have to pass a language test. In case the admission requirements are not met, the admission notice becomes void. Enrollment for the chosen study program is not possible.

2. Language proof for enrollment
Some study programs do not require a language test, however certain language skills have to be proven on the basis of school records or language certificates. Detailed information can be found in the brochure "Von der Schule an die Freie Universität Berlin" (pdf-file, only in German) or in the descriptions of study programs.

Some study programs require a certain level of English skills. The Department of Application and Admission will accept the following proofs as equivalents:

The level B1 CEFR

  • five years of English instruction at school
  • IELTS 4.5
  • Cambridge Examinations:
  • Preliminary English Test (PET)
    • First Certificate (FCE)
    • Advanced (CAE)
    • Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL: Paper 450 or Computer 130 or Internet 60
  • UNIcert® I

The level B2 CEFR    

  • six years of English instruction at school
  • IELTS 5.0
  • Cambridge Examinations:
    • First Certificate (FCE)
    • Advanced (CAE)
    • Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL: Paper 500 or Computer 170 or Internet 80
  • UNIcert® II

If you have earned your university entrance qualification abroad, the transcripts and documents you submit with your application do not typically show how many years of language instruction you have completed. In that case, applicants must submit either a certificate from their school regarding the duration of their instruction, or a language certificate. For graduates of the preparatory course (Studienkolleg) at Freie Universität Berlin, the certificate shows the level at which the language instruction was given.

In the case of university entrance qualifications issued in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States of America, or if you have a degree from any of those countries, you are not required to provide any further proof regarding your English skills on the levels B1 CEFR or B2 CEFR.

3. Proof of German language skills for application and for enrollment, holding a university entrance qualification from abroad

Applicants with a native language other than German and who have earned the university entrance qualification abroad, are required to demonstrate German language skills in accordance with the German higher education entrance examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und -bewerber, DSH ) at Freie Universität Berlin. You can also provide proof of these language skills by means of equivalents to the DSH.