Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is a leading, internationally oriented university consistently ranking among the Top 10 universities in German national comparisons and always achieving first position among these Top 10 universities in terms of the number of placements in a wide range of rankings. It is one of eleven universities in Germany awarded Excellence status in the Germany-wide competition to promote top research at German universities, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. In terms of the “International Network University”, including more than 100 university-wide international partnerships with academic institutions and seven liaison offices on four continents, the Department of Education Science and Psychology at FUB cooperates closely with international partners. In its most recent university ranking, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) certified various subjects at FUB excellence in international orientation, third-party funds per professor, doctorates per professor, publications per academic staff, or quotations per scientist.

Freie Universität Berlin has participated in the Erasmus program from the very beginning and has established hundreds of partnerships over the years. FUB processes around 600 outgoing and 900 incoming students each academic year just for the European component of the program. For the countries outside of Europe, FUB counts around 100 incoming students and 80 outgoing students per academic year. These numbers have further increased with the start of the new Erasmus+ programme.