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Quality and Academic Rigor
FUBiS offers intensive academic summer and winter programs for dedicated and diligent students. Students are expected to prepare for all their classes, work hard, and fulfil all assignments on time. Please see the Academic and Program Policies for more details.
FUBiS German language courses are university level courses that focus on the development of language competence in writing, reading, listening and speaking. All courses adhere to the European Frame of Reference. Classes on the A1, A2 and B1 proficiency level use the Begegnungen series textbook. Those on the B2 and C1 levels use Erkundungen Deutsch als Fremdsprache. These textbooks were produced by the distinguished Schubert publishing house and are designed for courses with a steep learning progression. It is the objective of FUBiS German classes that students considerably improve their German competence while studying at FUBiS.
FUBiS subject classes are Freie Universität Berlin university level classes. Participation requires regular attendance, preparation, and fulfilment of all requirements (e.g. presentations, response papers, mid-terms, final exams). The reading and writing assignments vary from class to class and can be demanding. FUBiS subject classes give students the opportunity to seriously engage in and further their knowledge of a subject matter.
FUBiS is dedicated to provide a premier study abroad program delivering the highest academic quality. This quality has been approved by the Forum on Education Abroad. FUBiS has successfully completed the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) of the Forum and has demonstrated that it is in conformity with the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice, maintains a commitment and dedication both to offering high quality programs in education abroad at a level of excellence acceptable to the larger academic community, and to continuous assessment and improvement.
In order to ensure this high quality standard, FUBiS has several quality assessment procedures in place.
FUBiS carefully selects its teaching personnel in a rigorous screening and application process. FUBiS instructors must have demonstrated outstanding competence and experience in their particular discipline. Furthermore, FUBiS guarantees that all courses, corresponding to their content, will be carried out in a professional manner and are in fulfilment of the stated objectives. The Academic Board of FUBiS has reviewed and approved all academic program offerings. This Board consists of at least five tenured professors representing different academic disciplines.
The FUBiS program and all classes are evaluated and assessed at the end of each program. The FUBIS team is dedicated to constantly improve the program and offerings.
The FUBiS German courses were designed and developed by Dr. Christina Frei (Academic Director at Penn Language Centers, Director of Language Instruction and Senior Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania). She professionally advised the FUBiS German instructors for many years and coordinated the FUBiS German courses on site in Berlin until 2009. From 2006 to 2012 the coordination team was complimented by Dr. Andrea Payk-Heitmann, who also taught German in the United States for several years and who co-directed the language program at Ohio State University. Niko Euba of the University of California, Berkeley joined the coordination team in 2010. In 2013, the coordination team was complimented by Dr. Sylvia Rieger, who worked as Language Program Coordinator and Lecturer at McGill University Montréal, Canada. The coordination of the FUBiS German courses encompasses support for instructors through workshops, teaching observations, feedback and advice.