Free University of Berlin: Statistics

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#134 of 14,131 In the World
#36 of 2,785 In Europe
#4 of 369 In Germany
#1 of 46 In Brandenburg
#1 of 36 In Berlin
#15 of 1,001 For Entomology
Top100 For 20 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate15%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Reifezeugnis). Certificate of excellent knowledge of German
Academic CalendarOctober to July (October - February; April-July)
Full time employee358
Student:staff ratio105:1

We've calculated the 15% acceptance rate for Free University of Berlin based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

Free University of Berlin is a world-class research university with 93,441 scientific papers published and 2,099,089 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Genetics, and Computer Science.


Free University of Berlin majors

by publication & citation count

54,822 / 1,579,676
47,233 / 1,399,553
40,168 / 1,018,132
36,335 / 976,064
34,332 / 900,441
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
32,956 / 546,597
30,392 / 976,436
Environmental Science
30,172 / 765,310
29,640 / 924,205
Computer Science
26,226 / 685,396
Organic Chemistry
25,228 / 781,629
Quantum and Particle physics
24,239 / 669,073
19,458 / 269,995
19,091 / 529,506
Materials Science
18,339 / 528,625
17,491 / 513,362
15,097 / 434,190
Political Science
14,808 / 190,415
Geography and Cartography
13,885 / 292,099
13,265 / 401,003
12,291 / 348,490
10,862 / 173,176
10,538 / 230,082
10,533 / 205,031
10,512 / 323,575
10,223 / 320,924
Optical Engineering
9,971 / 254,852
9,783 / 162,022
9,766 / 292,712
8,742 / 194,526
8,355 / 190,769
8,263 / 153,987
8,001 / 162,238
7,995 / 150,050
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
7,671 / 168,584
Metallurgical Engineering
7,464 / 199,051
7,292 / 229,435
7,010 / 117,179
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
6,622 / 169,571
Astrophysics and Astronomy
6,237 / 152,734

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 1319 9149
1991 1368 9950
1992 1491 12101
1993 1509 12389
1994 1646 14085
1995 1529 15974
1996 1421 17212
1997 1528 18675
1998 1628 20349
1999 1558 22440
2000 1624 23946
2001 1641 26643
2002 1703 29186
2003 1625 32748
2004 1480 35199
2005 1386 42498
2006 1568 45877
2007 1517 48359
2008 1709 50810
2009 1890 54825
2010 2157 59412
2011 2049 64471
2012 2292 72381
2013 2586 77573
2014 2704 82239
2015 2772 86776
2016 2838 88774
2017 3232 96010
2018 3628 98857
2019 4093 117348
2020 4845 150804
2021 6175 197643
2022 5812 190843
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Free University of Berlin gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per semester)
Bachelor's Degree Free
Master's Degree €310
Doctoral Degree Free

All costs are in Euros (€).

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Free University of Berlin.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Advertising and Publicity, American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Catalan, Chemistry, Computer Education, Computer Science, Contemporary History, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, East Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, Film, French, Geography, Geology, German, Greek, Greek (Classical), Health Sciences, Hebrew, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Korean, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Medicine, Meteorology, Modern Languages, Oriental Studies, Pharmacology, Philology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Portuguese, Prehistory, Primary Education, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science Education, Social Sciences, Spanish, Special Education, Theatre, Veterinary Science
Master Accountancy, Administrative Law, American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Art Management, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Computing, Chemistry, Child Care and Development, Classical Languages, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Commercial Law, Comparative Literature, Computer Education, Computer Science, Contemporary History, Dance, Dutch, Earth Sciences, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Ecology, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, European Languages, European Studies, European Union Law, Film, Finance, Foreign Languages Education, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, German, Germanic Studies, Greek, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, International Business, International Relations and Diplomacy, Islamic Studies, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Korean, Latin American Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Meteorology, Modern History, Musicology, Native Language Education, Neurosciences, Persian, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Prehistory, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Public Health, Publishing and Book Trade, Religion, Religious Education, Romance Languages, Science Education, Social and Preventive Medicine, Social Sciences, Sociology, Taxation, Theatre, Turkish, Veterinary Science
PhD African Studies, American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Botany, Business Administration, Business Computing, Cardiology, Catholic Theology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Crystallography, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, Dutch, Earth Sciences, East Asian Studies, Ecology, Econometrics, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, Engineering, English, Ethics, Ethnology, Film, Finance, Genetics, Geography (Human), Geophysics, German, Greek (Classical), Health Sciences, History, Immunology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Medicine, Meteorology, Middle Eastern Studies, Molecular Biology, Musicology, Neurology, Neurosciences, Oncology, Oriental Languages, Oriental Studies, Paediatrics, Persian, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Pathology, Political Sciences, Prehistory, Protestant Theology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Regional Studies, Religion, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Social Sciences, Sociology, Solid State Physics, South and Southeast Asian Languages, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Theatre, Turkish, Veterinary Science
Habilitation Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, History, Law, Mathematics and Computer Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Veterinary Science

Free University of Berlin alumni

  1. Annalena Baerbock

    Annalena Baerbock
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1980-.. (age 43)
    Enrolled in the Free University of Berlin
    Studied international law

    Annalena Charlotte Alma Baerbock is a German politician of the Alliance 90/The Greens party serving as Germany's minister for foreign affairs since 2021.

  2. Kevin Kühnert

    Kevin Kühnert
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1989-.. (age 34)
    studentpoliticianlocal politician

    Kevin Kühnert is a German politician and the General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) who has been serving as a member of the Bundestag since the 2021 elections, representing Berlin-Tempelhof-Schöneberg.

  3. Jonathan Franzen

    Jonathan Franzen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1959-.. (age 64)
    novelistessayistopinion journalistwriter

    Jonathan Earl Franzen is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, earned a James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. His novel Freedom (2010) garnered similar praise and led to an appearance on the cover of Time magazine alongside the headline "Great American Novelist". Franzen's latest novel Crossroads was published in 2021, and is the first in a projected trilogy.

  4. Lisa Eckhart

    Lisa Eckhart
    Born in
    Austria Flag Austria
    1992-.. (age 31)
    novelistcabaret artistslam poetgermanistpoet

    Lisa Eckhart is an Austrian poetry slammer and cabaret artist.

All 100 notable alumni

Free University of Berlin faculties and divisions

Centre : Area Studies Regional Studies
Centre : Complex Quantum Systems (DCCQS) Physics
Centre : French Studies French
Centre : Humanities Arts and Humanities
Centre : Italian Studies Italian
Centre : Modern Greece (CeMoG) Central European Studies
Department/Division : Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy
Department/Division : Earth Sciences Earth Sciences, Geology, Meteorology
Department/Division : Economics Business Administration, Economics
Department/Division : Education and Psychology Educational Sciences, Primary Education, Psychology, Sports
Department/Division : History and Cultural Studies History, Philosophy, Social Sciences
Department/Division : Law Law
Department/Division : Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics and Computer Science
Department/Division : Philosophy and Humanities Film, German, Music, Philosophy, Theatre
Department/Division : Physics Physics
Department/Division : Political and Social Sciences Advertising and Publicity, Communication Studies, Ethnology, Political Sciences, Sociology
Department/Division : Veterinary Science Veterinary Science
Faculty : Medicine Medicine
Graduate School : Literary Studies Literature
Graduate School : Mathematics Mathematics
Graduate School : Muslim Cultures and Societies Islamic Studies
Graduate School : North American Studies American Studies
Graduate School : Regenerative Therapies Rehabilitation and Therapy
Institute : Eastern Europe Studies Eastern European Studies
Institute : Latin American Studies Latin American Studies
Institute : North American Studies American Studies
Research Division : Languages of Emotion Arts and Humanities

General information

Alternative names FUB
Freie Universität Berlin
Founded 1948
Accreditation Akkreditierungsrat; Akkreditierungsagentur AQAS
Motto Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas
Colors green blue

Location and contacts

Address Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18
Berlin, 14195
City population 3,677,000

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