Free University of Berlin: Statistics



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#129 of 14,131 In the World
#35 of 2,785 In Europe
#5 of 369 In Germany
#1 of 46 In Brandenburg
#1 of 36 In Berlin
#20 of 1,014 For Entomology
Top100 For 18 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 109,317 scientific papers published and 2,462,494 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Computer Science.


Free University of Berlin majors

by publication & citation count

63,565 / 1,868,214
54,128 / 1,645,501
48,005 / 1,215,522
41,572 / 1,156,131
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
40,126 / 671,791
39,382 / 1,069,481
Environmental Science
35,150 / 929,947
34,830 / 1,145,728
34,226 / 1,078,294
Computer Science
31,033 / 815,694
Organic Chemistry
28,547 / 919,281
Quantum and Particle physics
28,031 / 805,902
24,068 / 339,203
22,459 / 626,453
Materials Science
20,628 / 618,463
20,592 / 609,753
18,057 / 519,105
Political Science
17,972 / 242,332
Geography and Cartography
16,338 / 355,012
15,805 / 482,204
14,413 / 418,265
13,077 / 222,812
12,694 / 293,052
12,635 / 384,315
12,402 / 240,313
12,026 / 374,871
11,828 / 209,938
Optical Engineering
11,749 / 319,035
11,478 / 349,898
10,468 / 231,892
10,222 / 246,602
9,933 / 197,343
9,433 / 207,369
9,386 / 184,383
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
8,956 / 204,728
Metallurgical Engineering
8,438 / 236,061
8,368 / 279,595
8,142 / 151,442
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
7,931 / 182,056
Astrophysics and Astronomy
7,329 / 194,019

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 1588 11469
1992 1666 13991
1993 1710 13989
1994 1842 16347
1995 1752 18090
1996 1655 19662
1997 1728 21294
1998 1831 23133
1999 1776 25135
2000 1786 26951
2001 1826 29609
2002 2013 32216
2003 1886 37369
2004 1712 40155
2005 1606 47883
2006 1716 50840
2007 1731 54562
2008 1919 56026
2009 2047 60984
2010 2300 66762
2011 2322 72772
2012 2635 79990
2013 2801 85749
2014 3074 91931
2015 3092 95159
2016 3226 98782
2017 3571 102585
2018 4197 113011
2019 4600 129817
2020 5534 166516
2021 6233 197013
2022 6415 206328
2023 6194 212677
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 44)
    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. Lisa Eckhart

    Lisa Eckhart
    Born in
    Austria Flag Austria
    1992-.. (age 32)
    writerpoetgermanistslam poetcabaret performer

    Lisa Eckhart is an Austrian poetry slammer and cabaret artist.

  3. Kevin Kühnert

    Kevin Kühnert
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1989-.. (age 35)
    local politicianpoliticianstudent

    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.

  4. Jonathan Franzen

    Jonathan Franzen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1959-.. (age 65)
    novelistwriteropinion journalistessayist

    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.

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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