With its approximately 28400 students and 4000 doctoral students, Freie Universität Berlin is one of the largest and  most renowned research universities in Germany. In 2007, the university became one of Germany’s nine excellence universities by successfully reaching all funding criteria for the German Excellence Initiative, the major national research funding competition. Scholars and scientists teach and conduct research at Freie Universität Berlin‘s eleven departments, covering a nationally unique range of humanities and social science fields, as well as natural and life sciences. In addition, the university hosts three interdisciplinary institutes with a focus on regional studies, and co-hosts the Berlin Medical School, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in collaboration with Humboldt-Universität Berlin.