“This concerns the founding of a free university, which pursues truth in its own right. Every student should know that, in the true sense of democracy, he may develop freely as an individual….”
Call for the Founding of the Freie Universität, 1948
“Truth, Justice and Liberty” – This founding motto of the University has been shaping the history of the Freie Universität Berlin since 1948. With 39,000 students, it grants 4,000 degrees and 1,000 doctorates every year, making it the largest university in Germany’s capital and one of the largest in the country. Located in the Dahlem district of Berlin, the FU attracts students from around the world with its internationally recognized achievements in academia and research.
Opening Ceremony 2
The FU’s international character was determined by its beginnings: without American support, the University could never have boasted such early international success in academic research and distinguished teaching. Generous contributions in its early years from the United States illustrated that the FU was a symbol of German-American friendship.
Today, the Freie Universität Berlin is as dynamic and diverse as the city of Berlin. Since its founding, the Freie Universität Berlin has become one of Germany’s most academically progressive and internationally recognized research universities, continuing to pursue a multicultural and socially diverse agenda. The Freie Universität Berlin offers more than 70 subjects with 90 degree programs, including doctorate, postgraduate and continuing education courses.