Information on General Professional Skills Courses
(Studienbereich Allgemeine Berufsvorbereitung, abbreviated ABV)
Please read before making an appointment!
During your BA studies at Freie Universität Berlin you have to earn 180 credits: 150 Credits in your field of study (or the core subject and separate modules) and 30 credits earned in general professional skills (ABV).
ABV courses include a mandatory professional internship (in Germany or abroad; before or during your studies) and six specific skill areas with seminars that you can do in addition (you can also complete the module entirely via internships).
Mandatory professional internship
(min. 15 credits needed, max. 30 credits possible)
Skill area courses
(min. 0 credits needed, max. 15 credits possible;
each course is worth 5 credits)
Internship in Germany
(you can get recognition for 5-15 credits)
5 credits = 120 hours (ca. 3 weeks) + Colloquium (Berufsbezogenes Praktikum A )
10 credits= 240 hours (ca. 6 weeks) + Colloquium (Berufsbezogenes Praktikum B)
15 credits = 360 hours (ca. 9 weeks) + Colloquium (Berufsbezogenes Praktikum C)
(you can get recognition for 5-30 credits)
20 credits = 480 hours (ca. 12 weeks) + Colloquium (Auslandspraktikum A)
25 credits = 630 hours (ca. 16 weeks) + Colloquium (Auslandspraktikum B)
30 credits = 780 hours (ca. 20 weeks) + Colloquium (Auslandspraktikum C)
Contact: Language center, Studien- und Prüfungskoordination
Contact person: Zedat, Dr. Jasmin Touati
Contact person: Margherita-von-Brentano-Center for Gender Studies, Dipl.-Kffr. Heike Pantelmann
Contact person: Career Service, Christiane Berwid-Kawell
In order to get recognition of credits for internships you did prior to your studies (in Germany or abroad), please contact the ABV contact person at the JFKI, Mia Yoo (Room 328, please make an appointment during the office hours).
Please bring the following documents:
a) recognition form (Anerkennungsbogen). (Please fill out part  as well as your study regulation in part ).
b) Confirmation of internship by your employer, which indicates (1) that you did the internship, (2) what you did during your internship, and (3) the duration of your internship (the confirmation should indicate the total of hours you worked there, not only the time period). Your employer can also fill out a one-page “Letter of confirmation for a student internship/ traineeship” that contains all information needed (either in German or English).
You may also combine internships in Germany and abroad. For two internships in Germany, or an internship in Germany plus and internship abroad, you can get maxup to 15 Credits. For severalinternships abroad, you can get up to 30 Credits.
Work experience au pair civil service etc. counts in the „intership“ column (see above). This means if you combineinternships, work experience, or au pair and any of these took place in Germany you can only get a max of 15 credits and have to do the remaining 15 credits in ABV courses. If everything took place abroad you can combine them up to 30 credits.
If you combineseveral internships, you still only need to attend only one Colloquium and you still need to write only one report. You are not allowed to register for several internship modules on Campus Management at the same time. So if you, for instance, do a three-week internship first (5 credits) and you later you do a six-week internship (10 credits), you need to register for the 15 Credit module and attend 1 Colloquium (see “How does the recognition procedure work?” below).
The procedure to obtain your credits is as follows:
In case you are unsure whether your internship is in line with the subject requirements of your study major, you can also write an Email to the ABV contact person at the JFKI (Mia Yoo). We suggest you come to us if your internship seems quite far away from your field of study. She can send a confirmation email („Bestätigung der Anerkennungswürdigkeit“) to the Careerservice.
a) “Berufsbezogenes Praktikum” or “Auslandspraktikum” A, B, C depending on the duration of all your internships (see table above you also find details here). It is important that you attend the colloquium that represents the entire (combined) duration of your internship(s). Meaning if you combine three shorter internships of five credits (5+5+5 credits) you need to do the 15 credit Colloquium (“Berufsbezogenes Praktikum C”). Some colloquia are in English (see Vorlesungsverzeichnis, ABV).
b) Attend the Colloquium.