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Welcome address from the student representatives

Greetings from Students

Welcome to the Freie Universität Berlin!

On behalf of all students, you are warmly welcomed here by David (in English) and Jasmin (in German). They are excited to see new faces on campus and can’t wait to meet you and share their freshmen experiences with you. They will make sure to provide valuable tips for your learning and leisure activities, as well as tell you about their favorite spots for studying and meeting new people.

Jasmin and David are two of the „FU-Ambassadors “, who are currently studying at the Freie Universität Berlin. Through their posts on the FU Website and social media, you will get a glimpse into the everyday student life as it is.

Free University of Berlin Ambassador Program • Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling• Free University of Berlin (fu-berlin.de)

 

The FU Student Initiatives and Organizations

The classrooms and university cafeterias are not the only opportunities to connect with other students. There is a variety of student initiative groups that are involved in the university politics, form working/study groups, organize discussions and talks. Often, they also offer sports events, parties, and weekend getaways. At the beginning of the semester these groups usually introduce themselves at orientation days events, where they inform students about where to look for more information and support during your study experience. You are very welcome to learn more about these initiatives and become part of them.

At the bottom of the page you will find some examples of the FU student organizations and initiative groups. You can find a lot more information on the web, in particular when you go directly to the website of a specific faculty or institute.

Student Initiatives https://astafu.de/en/fsi

The Student Initiatives represent the interests of students belonging to a particular department or institute. They are free student associations open to everyone interested in participation. The Student Initiatives advocate for specialty communities (meaning all students of one faculty or institute). On top of that, they serve as a point of contact for students at the institute/faculty, offer events and help organize the orientation days for first-year students.

 

AStA FU – General Students’ Committee FU Berlin Start | AStA FU Berlin

The General Students’ Committee (AStA FU) is elected by the Student Parliament and is the central body of the student administration at the FU. The committee is made up of several administrative units, each with their own area of responsibility. Some typical tasks include helping students form an informed opinion and take a stance on university or science issues, promoting political awareness, and taking care of various student concerns. The AStA has the right to speak and propose action in all university committees, such as the Academic Senate (www.fu-berlin.de/en/einrichtungen/organe/gremien-kommissionen/senat/index.html). They keep in contact with the Student Initiatives (see above) and the Students’ Coordination Committee (which organizes communication between students and university administrative units). In addition, the AStA runs the semester ticket office (www.fu-berlin.de/en/einrichtungen/service/studierende/semtix/index.html ) and offers a number of free (legal) consultations such as BAföG counseling, counseling for women, BIPoC students and international students, LGBTQI+- peer support, social counseling, etc.

Student initiative groups can apply for financial support at the AStA. Here you can also print out a document, make a copy or even book the AStA bus.

 

The FU Student Initiative Groups and Networks (examples)