History, Affiliations and Rankings
The Free University of Berlin was established in Berlin-Dahlem, a town in the southwest of Berlin at the time of the Cold War in 1948. The institute is known for research in the Humanities and Social Sciences programs, as well as the Natural and Life Sciences programs. The Free University of Berlin has more than 400 partner institutes all over the globe, various of them through the ERASMUS program. The University ranks #127 in QS World University Rankings and #83 in World University Rankings by Times Higher Education 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The Free University of Berlin has four main campuses, situated in the south-western part of Berlin. The Dahlem Campus houses numerous faculties such as Humanities, Social Science, History, Law, Business, Economics, Political Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The campus has a 106-acre large Botanical Garden and John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. The Lankwitz Campus has the Institute of Geographical Sciences, the Institute of Meteorology, the Institute of Geological Sciences, the Institute for Space Sciences, and a campus library. Duppel Campus has most of the significant departments of the Veterinary Medicine Department, situated in Steglitz, Benjamin Franklin Campus is the combined Medicine division of the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin. The Free University of Berlin provides 52 Ph.D., 105 Masters, and 73 Bachelor's programs in a plethora of study fields.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The Alumni of the Free University of Berlin include various scientists, philosophers, and politicians, among them, are five Nobel Prize winners and 15 Leibniz laureates. The Free University of Berlin’s 9 projects were accepted in the German Excellence Initiative, and Freie Universität come up as the most successful university in the competition in 2006 and 2007. During the second phase, in 2012 funds were committed through 2017 for the university’s future development concept “Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. The notable alumni of the institute are Herta Müller, novelist and Nobel Prize in Literature (2009), Gerhard Ertl, Physicist and Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2007), and Reinhard Selten, Economist and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1994).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Free University of Berlin values diversity in all its dimensions. The University has more than 31,500 student enrolments out of which about 20,700 are Undergraduates, about 8,700 are Postgraduates, and more than 4,400 Doctoral students with more than 2,700 faculty members on its premises. They have 23% of total students as international students hailing from all over the world on the campus. The male to female ratio is 39:61 at the Free University of Berlin making it a fairly gender-balanced university. Some of the leading recruiters at this institute are - Amazon, BCG BrightHouse, LiveEo, and others.