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Freie Universität Berlin
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Seal of the Freie Universität Berlin
Latin: Universitas Libera Berolinensis
Motto Veritas, Iustitia, Libertas (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth, Justice, Liberty
Type Public
Established 1948
Budget 414 Mio. € (2012, without the Charité)
State: 302 Mio. €
External: 112 Mio. €
President Peter-André Alt since 2010
Academic staff
430 professors (incl. 94 junior professors)
Administrative staff
about 4,000 with 2,200 scientific assistants (without those from Charité)
Students 34,518 (WS 2013/14)
Freie Universität Berlin
Kaiserswerther Straße 16-18
14195 Berlin
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Campus Suburban and Urban
1.8 km2 (180 ha)
Colors Light Green      / Dark Blue     
Nickname FU, sometimes "FUB"
Affiliations UNICA, EUA, German Excellence Initiative, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), German U15, Charité - University Medicine Berlin

The Freie Universität Berlin ("Free University of Berlin", often abbreviated as FU Berlin) is a university in Berlin. It is known for its research in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in the field of natural and life sciences. The university was founded in Berlin-Dahlem, a district in the south west of Berlin during the time of the Cold War in 1948. Today, the university has three bigger campuses: the main campus Dahlem, the Campus Düppel with animal clinics and other institutes related to veterinary medicine and the Geocampus in Lankwitz, which is home to the Department of Earth Sciences. The medical department of the FU Berlin is part of the Charité - University Medicine Berlin, a joint institution with the Humboldt University. The university library has a total of about 8.5 million volumes and is the biggest university library system in Germany. Freie Universität has over 400 partner universities all over the world, many of them through the ERASMUS programme. According to various international rankings, Freie Universität is one of the best universities in Germany. In 2007 (and 2012 again), the Freie Universität was one of eleven universities to be successful in the German Excellence Initiative, a national competition by the German government. University alumni include five Nobel Prize winners and 15 winners of the national Leibniz Prize.


Freie Universität offers over 150 different subjects in 12 departments and three central institutes:

Interdisciplinary Central Institutes

  1. John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
  2. Institute for Eastern European Studies
  3. Institute for Latin American Studies

The Botanical Garden with over 22,000 different kinds of plants is one of the biggest in the world.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Universidad Libre de Berlín para niños

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