The Chemistry and Biochemistry Institute's

Erasmus Exchange Program

Outgoing students: FU Berlin students who wish to study at a partner university

Incoming students: Students from partner universities who wish to study at the FU Berlin


As of WS 2009-10 Prof. Dieter Lentz (lentz@chemie.fu-berlin.de) will be the Erasmus program coordinator for the Chemistry Department.


1. Outgoing Students: FU to Partner Universities

General information may be found on the homepage of the main Erasmus office (http://www.fu-berlin.de/zuv/abt-4/mobilitaet/stud_out/std_out_eras/index.html) of the FU Berlin (Brümmerstr. 52, 14195 Berlin). This includes acceptance requirements, application procedure and forms, ECTS credit points, and insurance matters.

For a study semester abroad in chemistry please:


2. Incoming Students: From Partner Universities to the FU Berlin

Please carefully read the information on the homepage of our main Erasmus office first. The following points, some of which are more chemistry-related, are particulary important:

  • General information for foreign students: Check these web pages. They are offered in English as well as German and contain a lot of information.

  • Deadlines for 2007 for incoming students: May 1st for the winter term 2007/2008 and Nov 1st for the summer term 2008

  • You should carefully check the pages on the chemistry courses offered at Free University of Berlin when preparing the learning agreement. We expect you to do this byyourself, but of course we will try to help if you have questions. Please make sure that you can study the courses you select. Some of them have certain requirements, e.g., Organic Chemistry II cannot be taken without studying Organic Chemistry I or the equivalent to it in your home country first. Please also refer to the timetable of our Bachelor program and make sure that the courses you select are not held at the same time. For the master program there is not such a detailed time table, because there is more freedom to choose courses of interest. You can find most of the times during which the courses are held in the university calender (see link below). Due to differences in the study plans from country to country it can sometimes be quite tricky to figure out a good learning agreement. Since we usually do not know your home university study plans in great detail, we can only be of limited help. We sometimes make compromises to avoid situations in which it would be more or less impossible to align the study programs at both universities just for burocratic reasons.

  • For most courses, you will find the number of ECTS credit points given in these information pages. When not otherwise stated, usually 1 hour of a whole-semester lecture course per week is worth 1.5 ECTS points (example: Organic Chemstry I comprises 4 hours per week and runs during the whole semester. Thus, it is rewarded with 6 ECTS points), 1 hour of a whole-semester seminar or exercise per week is worth 1.0 ECTS points, 1 week of a practical course open monday to friday half-days (usually within the semester) is worth 1 P, 1 week of a practical course open all day (usually between two semesters) is worth 1.5 P.

  • You should be aware of the fact that our Bachelor courses are taught in German. Consequently, you should be able to speak German well enough to follow the courses when you arrive. There are some German courses offered by some institutions here in Berlin. Also, see the EILC webpage of the EU for more information on language courses. Please inquire with the main Erasmus office about the current possibilities. The MSc courses within our bilingual masters program can be given in either German or English, the choice of which is left to the class instructor. The Free University usually expects students to be able to follow courses in at least one of these languages.

  • Please note that there are special visa rules for students entering Germany from non-European Union countries. Please remember to plan enough time for visa formalities, especially if the latter applies to you.

    last updated: Oct. 16, 2008