Freie Universität Berlin is a leading research institution. It is one of the 13 German universities being funded through the German government’s Excellence Strategy and is part of the only University Consortium of Excellence, the Berlin University Alliance. The four Berlin partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – submitted a joint proposal in the Excellence Strategy entitled Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment. The four institutions’ long-term goal is nothing less than to turn Berlin into an integrated research environment and one of Europe’s leading research hubs.
Through the Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität Berlin promotes the training and development of junior scholars and scientists. The university maintains more than 100 international partnerships with universities worldwide. About 17 percent of its students come from abroad. Freie Universität Berlin has 16 academic departments and central institutes offering over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects.