The idea of founding a free university found widespread support in the international community, including financial support. This outpouring of aid helped pave the way for Freie Universität to become a university with an outstanding international reputation.
The principles of freedom and internationality have guided the university’s development ever since. Set in the leafy suburb of Dahlem in southwest Berlin, the university is home to more than 32,000 students and offers over 150 degree programmes. It has 17 collaborative research centres, an academic staff of almost 5,000 and partnerships with universities the world over, as well as seven international liaison offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, and Sao Paulo.
The research performed at Freie Universität is marked by excellence within disciplines and encouragement for interdisciplinary orientation, a broad variety of academic and scientific networks, and areas of focus that enjoy high international visibility and competitiveness.