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Which facilities and offices can help you with your studies?
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No matter whether you want to be more active physically, need advice on academic writing, or are looking for an internship – here you can learn which service facilities and offices could be important for you during your time at Freie Universität Berlin. If you click on the small information icon, you will see who offers what kind of service.
For all questions regarding your studies you can always turn to the information service.
The Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling regularly offers numerous workshops on, e.g., how to cope with stress, how to prepare for exams, how to overcome writer’s block, reading techniques, and academic methodology. Some events are also held in English.
Workshop by the Office for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling
Source: Alexander Teinz
The Career Service of Freie Universität Berlin helps students to find and prepare for internships and offers advice on how to enter professional life after university. At Starting your career and working while studying you can get more information on that topic.
Outer view of the Rost- and Silberlaube and the Philological Library
Source: Career Service der Freien Universität Berlin
For students pursuing a degree with teacher training option, the Dahlem School of Education is an important point of contact. For questions regarding the study area Teaching-Related Professional Skills (LBW), you can turn to the DSE’s Study Office. The DSE tutors can also help you with matters concerning your study program. All tutors there are also students of BA programs with teacher training option, so they are well prepared to give you subject-specific information from a student perspective.
View of the Holz-, Rost- and Silberlaube
Source: Bernd Wannenmacher
The Dual Career and Family Service is there to help students who have to look after children or other family members during their time at university.
Children's play area at the SSC
Source: Volker Möller
If you get tired of sitting at your desk all the time and want to do some (group) sports with other students, you should take a look at the program of the Central Facility for University Sports. It’s not only fairly cheap, but also offers a wide range of different sports classes: Every semester, they offer up to 800 courses, sport trips, participation in national and international competitions, workshops and tournaments. The complete program, further information on university sports at Freie Universität Berlin, and how to register for classes can be found online at www.hochschulsport.fu-berlin.de.
University Sports Center
Source: Center for University Sports
The Higher Education Team of the Federal Employment Agencysupports students and graduates up to one year after they have attained their degree. The Higher Education Team offers events on, for example, the demands of the labor market, informs about the services of the Federal Employment Agency, offers counselling on transitioning from university to work life and alternatives to pursuing a university degree, and can help you with applications. You can find more information and a brochure with a list of the events they offer on www.hochschulteamberlin.de.
In the Mentoring Program, students from higher semesters give you tips and advice on life and studying at university. In the “Mentoring”-section of the Online Study Assistant, you can learn more about what the program offers and how to register for it.
The Writing Center of the studierendenWERK Berlin offers individual counselling sessions and group workshops on different aspects of academic writing. It also regularly organizes writing events such as “The Long Night of Postponed Term Papers” and the “Writing Marathon”.
The Writing Center has a second location at Freie Universität Berlin at Thielallee 38. You can register for an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flyer from the studierendenWERK's Writing Center
Source: Sarah Hostmann
The Freie Universität’s Language Center offers language classes as part of the general professional skills (ABV) study area. In the “How do I register for courses?”-section of the OSA you can find more information on the classes offered and how to register for them.
Center for Independent Language Learning
In addition, or as an alternative, to the language classes taught by the Language Center, you can also use their Center for Independent Language Learning to learn and practice a language. It also offers a comprehensive tandem partner program.
German as a foreign language
If German is not your first language or mother tongue, you can take “German as a Foreign Language”-classes. The Language Center’s website has an overview of the classes offered during the semester, both during lecture-period and after.
Language certificates for studying abroad
If you are interested in studying abroad as part of an exchange program and the partner university demands proof of your language skills, you can take the respective test (only for study purposes) at the Language Center for the languages it offers.
Outer view of the Rost- and Silbelaube in which the Language Center is located
Source: Bernd Wannenmacher