Germany is ranked among the world’s top destinations for international students for many reasons topmost that it is the only top study destination whose universities charge no tuition fees, offers high-quality education, hands-on experiences during studies, opportunities to improve academically during and after studies and most importantly, a safe and friendly environment.
If you’d like to study abroad, here are the top 10 most prestigious Universities in Germany you could choose from.
- Technische Universität München
Down four places to rank 64th in the world, Technische Universität München (TUM) nonetheless retains its position as the best in Germanyfor the third time in a row. TUM calls itself The Entrepreneurial University and aims to foster a supportive environment for budding entrepreneurs. Around 24% of TUM’s 40,124 students are international. Its alumni include 17 Nobel laureates, 18 Leibniz Prize winners and 22 IEEE Fellow Members and by QS World Rankings 2019, TUM is ranked 1st in Germany at the 61st place (overall) in the world.
Technical University of Munich (TUM) (German: Technische Universität München) is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising-Weihenstephan. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology. TUM is ranked 4th overall in Reuters 2017 European Most Innovative University ranking.
2. Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
Ranked 66th in the world (up two places from last year), Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München retains its position as the second highest-ranked university in Germany. Also located in Munich, the university is one of the oldest in the country, having been founded in 1472. In 2019, QS World University Rankings ranks LMU Munich 62nd overall in the world, 2nd in Germany, and 16th worldwide by the number of Nobel laureates with 42 Nobel laureates associated with the university. The University of Munich has particularly since the 19th century been considered as one of Germany’s and Europe’s most prestigious universities.
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Also known as Heidelberg University, it is up four places to rank 68th in the world in 2018. Germany’s oldest university (established in 1386), the university has 30,787 students enrolled, including 5,793 international students. In 2019, QS World University Rankings ranks Heidelberg University 64th overall in the world, 3rd in Germany.
Heidelberg University (German: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; Latin: Universitas Ruperto Carola Heidelbergensis) is a public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Founded in 1386 on the instruction of Pope Urban VI, Heidelberg is one of the world’s oldest surviving universities. It was the third university established in the Holy Roman Empire.
4. KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Ranked 107th in the world, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, usually shortened to KIT, is located in the south-west city of Karlsruhe and is considered particularly prestigious for its engineering and technology programs. As of 2018, six Nobel laureates were affiliated with KIT. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is well known for many inventors and entrepreneurs who studied or taught there, including Heinrich Hertz, Karl Friedrich Benz and the founders of SAP SE. KIT is one of the leading universities for engineering and the natural sciences in Europe, ranking sixth overall in citation impact. KIT is a member of the TU9 German Institutes of Technology.
As part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative, KIT was awarded an excellence status in 2006. In the 2011 performance ranking of scientific papers, Karlsruhe ranked first in Germany and among the top ten universities in Europe in engineering and natural sciences. Ranked 26th worldwide in computer science in the “Times Higher Education” ranking, KIT is among the leading universities worldwide in computer science. It is a public research university and one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany which merged with the Karlsruhe Research Centre established in 1956 as a national nuclear research centre.
- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Consistently Berlin’s highest-ranked university, Humboldt-Universitätzu Berlin is ranked 120th in the world and is considered particularly prestigious for arts and humanities subjects, achieving 35th place in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for this subject area.
Abbreviated as HU Berlin, it is a university in the central borough of Mitte in Berlin, Germany. It was established by Frederick William III on the initiative of Wilhelm von Humboldt, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich Ernst Daniel Schleiermacher as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) in 1809, and opened in 1810, making it the oldest of Berlin’s four universities. From 1810 until its closure in 1945, it was named Friedrich Wilhelm University (German: Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität). During the Cold War, the university found itself in East Berlin and was de facto split in two when the Free University of Berlin opened in West Berlin. The university received its current name in honour of Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt in 1949.
- Freie Universität Berlin
Also in the capital, Freie Universität Berlin is ranked joint 125th this year alongside Belgium’s University of Ghent. The university was founded in 1948 and now enrols around 31,500 students, of which 20% are international. Free University of Berlin is consistently ranked among Germany’s overall top ten universities, with particular strengths in the arts & humanities followed by the social sciences internationally. natural and life sciences
Often abbreviated as FU Berlin or simply FU), it is a research university and is one of Germany’s most distinguished universities. Founded in West Berlin in 1948 with American support during the early Cold War period as a de facto western continuation of the Frederick William University, which was located in East Berlin and faced strong communist repression, its name refers to West Berlin’s status as part of the Western “free world,” in contrast to the “unfree” Communist world in general and the “unfree” communist-controlled university in East Berlin in particular.
- Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Up five places to rank 141st in 2018, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen is Germany’s largest technical university, with around 44,500 students enrolled. RWTH Aachen maintains close links to industry and is also the largest employer in the region.
The university maintains close links to industry (one in five board members of German corporate groups has studied in Aachen) and accounts for the highest amount of third-party funds of all German universities in both absolute and relative terms per faculty member. In 2007, RWTH Aachen was chosen by the DFG as one of nine German Universities of Excellence for its future concept RWTH 2020: Meeting Global Challenges and additionally won funding for one graduate school and three clusters of excellence. RWTH Aachen is a founding member of IDEA League, a strategic alliance of four leading universities of technology in Europe. The university is also a member of TU9, DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the Top Industrial Managers for Europe network.
- Technische Universität Berlin
Also improving this year is Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), which climbs 20 places to rank 144th. Considered particularly strong for engineering subjects, TU Berlin is a member of the TU9, an alliance of the leading German Institutes of Technology. It is a research university which became one of the most prestigious education institutions in Europe. TU Berlin has one of the highest proportions of international students in Germany, almost 24% were enrolled in 2018.
The university is known for its highly ranked engineering programmes, especially in computer science, mechanical engineering, economics and management. The university alumni and professor list include US National Academies members, two National Medal of Science laureates and ten Nobel Prize winners.
- Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Ranked joint 164th in the world, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is a public research university and one of Germany’s oldest, founded in 1477. Today it has around 28,300 students and is considered particularly prestigious for subjects such as theology, German studies and medicine.
According to The Times Higher Education Supplement (2019), Tübingen is the 89th best university in the world and one of the 48 world-beating universities in Arts and Humanities. Tübingen is regularly ranked amongst the top ten universities in Germany overall. As a consequence of this, The Economist understands Tübingen as “home to a famous university”.
10. Universität Freiburg
Officially called Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Universität Freiburg was ranked 171st in the world in 2018. Established in 1457, the university has more than 24,000 students from over 100 countries, and has been associated with 19 Nobel laureates. Named as one of the elite universities of Germany by academics, political representatives and the media, the University of Freiburg stands amongst Europe’s top research and teaching institutions. As of October 2018, 21 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the University of Freiburg as alumni, faculty or researchers, and 15 academics have been honoured with the highest German research prize, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize while working at the university.
It is a public research university located in Freiburg in Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany founded in 1457 by the Habsburg dynasty as the second university in Austrian-Habsburg territory after the University of Vienna. Today, Freiburg is the fifth-oldest university in Germany, with a long tradition of teaching the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.