10 Best Universities in Germany 2019

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Germany is an increasingly popular study destination, and 12 of the country’s universities are in the global top 200, showcasing the high quality of education available. This page shall guide you to a closer look at the best universities in Germany 2019.




1. Technische Universität München


Down four places to rank 64th in the world, Technische Universität München (TUM) nonetheless retains its position as the best in Germany for 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.


2. Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München


Ranked 66th in the world (up two places from last year), Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München retains its position of 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.


3. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, also known as Heidelberg University, 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.


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 considered particularly prestigious for its engineering and technology programs.


5. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Consistently Berlin’s highest-ranked university, Humboldt-Universität zu 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.


6. 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 enrolls around 31,500 students, of which 20% are international.


7. 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.


8. 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.


9. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen


Ranked joint 164th in the world, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is one of the oldest German universities, founded in 1477. Today it has around 28,300 students and is considered particularly prestigious for subjects such as theology, German studies and medicine.


10. Universität Freiburg

Officially called Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Universität Freiburg is 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.


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