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Information on Admissions

1st Semester Admissions


Restricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters


Restricted admission (3rd semester for winter semester, 2nd semester for summer semester)
Application and Registration Period


July 1-August 20, 2020 (winter semester); for higher semesters: July 1-August 20, 2020 (winter semester) and December 1-January 15 (summer semester)
Beginning of Study


Winter term (mid-October)
Language of Instruction


Degree conferred


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Semesters Required to Complete Coursework
6 semesters


Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.A. program is limited to a specific number of applicants. Students with a university entrance qualification obtained in Germany can apply directly to the Freie Universität. Applicants who have obtained their university entrance qualification abroad are required to apply via uni-assist.

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language ability that corresponds to Level C1 of the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and should register for the entrance exam at the language center on August 28, 2020 (more information here [in German]). Applicants with an English language certificate can be exempted from taking the entrance exam (more information can be found on the website of the language center).

Please consult our student advisor if you have remaining questions about your proof of English language skills.

Please note: The application deadline has been postponed to August 20 due to COVID-19; admission to the study program is limited.

Information for applicants for admission to a higher semester:

a) Admission is only possible for the second (summer term) or third (winter semester) subject semester (Fachsemester).
b) Applicants have to provide proof of at least 20 CPs/ECTS points (for the second subject semester) or 50 CPs/eCTS points (for the third subject semester) earned before the end of the application process.
c) Only CPs for courses related to the study program of North American Studies can be accepted (e.g. no courses in engineering).
d) CPs must not have been earned in successfully completed study program.
e) In order to graduate from the Kennedy Institute a minimum of 50 CPs will have to be earned at the JFKI. Applicants may contact the examination board for hardship pleas.

Lecture and Course Catalog
Online-Studienfachwahl-Assistent (OSA)