Exchange Program with Berlin Freie University

The Freie Universität, with its approximately 34,000 students, is one of Germany's largest universities and has distinguished itself in the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and medicine. 

The one semester exchange opportunity will be available for a maximum of two upper level J.D. students during the spring/summer terms, from April to July. Absolutely no knowledge of German is required. Course credits earned in Berlin will count toward the UM degree.

Freie Universität Berlin is a full university with 15 departments and central institutes offering over 100 programs in all subject areas. Exchange programs for students have played an important role from the very beginning: the first exchange students went to Stanford University in 1949. Currently, Freie Universität participates in the European Tempus and Erasmus programs and also maintains agreements with over 50 universities for direct exchange.

About Berlin

Berlin is the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the largest city with a population of over 3 million. It also serves as a major center of politics, culture, media and science, and a hub of air and rail transport. Berlin's cultural offerings have something for every taste: world-renowned museums like the Pergamon Museum and the Old National Gallery; names like Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Barenboim, the Berlin Philharmonic, and a young and creative alternative scene. No other region in Europe has as high a concentration of scientific, academic, and research facilities as Berlin. More than 50,000 people teach, do research, and work at the city's four universities, three art colleges, seven other institutions of higher education, an international business school, and over 70 non-university publicly financed research institutes.

To Apply

Please send the following by March 1st for winter semester and October 1st for spring semester:

  • A short letter (1-2 pages) stating the reasons for interest;
  • A listing of significant international experience (growing up in a foreign country, work in the Peace Corps, the military or business, studying for a semester or more abroad), and/or extensive academic training in international relations, international business area studies, or related fields;
  • A copy of one’s CV (including language competencies)
  • Law school GPA and grades in relevant courses, or a copy of law school transcript.

Please send to

Tuition, Fees, Social Events & Housing

  • Incoming exchange students: pay tuition to their home school, and required student health insurance and University fees to the University of Miami.
  • Outgoing Miami Law students: pay tuition and other required fees to the University of Miami School of Law. Miami Law students pay no tuition or fees to the partner school except for certain social events and discretionary fees.

For More Information

For additional details or have any questions concerning the Berlin Exchange, please contact


For International Exchange Students Coming to Miami Law
International Exchange Student Handbook - A comprehensive guide to helping international students prepare to spend a semester at Miami Law.