Information for Applicants
|Application and Registration Period
June 1 - July 15 (Winter Semester)
For Higher Semesters: June 1 - July 15 (Winter Semester) and December 1 - January 15 (Summer Semester)
|Beginning of Study
|Winter Semester (Mid-October)|
|Language of Instruction
|Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Semesters Required to Complete Coursework
Applicants from Germany
Applicants who have received their "Higher Education Entrance Qualification" (e.g. Abitur, European Baccalaureate) from Germany can apply directly to the university. (Please note: This might also include a diploma received in a country other than Germany if the school awards diplomas recognized as German. More info here.)
All information necessary for the application procedure can be found on the application website of Freie Universität Berlin.
Applicants from Outside of Germany
Applicants who have received their "Higher Education Entrance Qualification" outside of Germany need to apply via uni-assist. All information necessary for the application procedure can be found on the application website of Freie Universität Berlin. If you want to know whether your diploma qualifies you to study in Germany, you can use this tool by uni-assist.
Required application materials (submitted to uni-assist)
- Completed application form
- Notarized copy of your High School leaving certificate or diploma, including an official transcript with your GPA
Any qualifications, certifications or transcripts that are in a language other than German or English will need to be submitted alongside a certified translation. Make sure you leave yourself enough time before the deadline to get certified copies and translations of the required documents!
English Language Proficiency
In order to study in the B.A. program, applicants have to provide proof of English language proficiency at level C1 or pass an English test at the language center of Freie Universität. A description of this test can be found here.
English language certificates must not be older than 3 years. Please submit a copy of the respective certificate to the attention of firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of acceptable language ceritifcates can be found here.
No German proficiency is needed for this program.
Higher Semester Admission
Students who wish to transfer to North American Studies from a different university can apply for higher-semester admission, if they have already earned a certain amount of credit points related to North American Studies. These CPs must not have been earned in a successfully completed program.
- 2nd semester admission: minimum of 20 CP (summer semester intake)
- 3rd semester admission: minimum of 50 CP (winter semester intake)
Students must complete at least 50% / 90 CP of their degree at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute in order to graduate. Admissions into the 4th, 5th and 6th semester are not possible.
There are no tuition fees at Freie Universität Berlin. Students pay a semester fee of currently 312.89 €. Please find more information here.
If you have questions regarding the application and admission process, please contact the general student counseling service:
Mon-Thu: 9 am - 5 pm
Fri: 9 am - 3 pm
Phone: +49 (0) 30 838 - 70000
If you have questions about the language requirements, credit transfer and course conversion, program structure or the John-F.-Kennedy Institute in general, please contact the academic advisor. Please be aware that we cannot evaluate any transcripts beforehand.