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Best universities in Germany 2022

Find the best universities in Germany in 2022 through Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data

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Top 10 universities in Germany

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World University Rank 2022 Germany Rank 2022 University City/town
32 1 LMU Munich Munich
38 2 Technical University of Munich Munich
=42 3 Heidelberg University Heidelberg
73 4 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Berlin
74 5 Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
=78 6 University of Tübingen Tübingen
83 7 Free University of Berlin Berlin
=108 =8 University of Freiburg Freiburg
=108 =8 RWTH Aachen University Aachen
112 10 University of Bonn Bonn

This league table reveals the best universities in Germany, according to the trusted Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

LMU Munich is the top university in Germany, followed by the Technical University of Munich

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The top universities in Germany are scattered throughout the country, with options to study in Munich, Berlin and 40 other cities. The top university in Berlin is Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

In total, 50 universities in Germany are counted among the very best in the world.

More than 500 degrees (bachelor’s and master’s programmes) are taught in English at top German universities. Whatever subject you are interested in, you can study that degree in English in Germany.

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5.  Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin is located in the country’s capital, Berlin, which is a popular destination for international students.
- The university is made up of nine faculties, including its medical faculty, which it shares with the Free University of Berlin.

The main building of Humboldt University is on Unter den Linden boulevard, surrounded by a range of other historic buildings, museums and art galleries.

The university has an impressive list of alumni and former faculty, including physicist Albert Einstein, physicist Max Planck, physicist Erwin Schrödinger, collectors of folk tales Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and philosopher Karl Marx.

4.  Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe.
-More than half of the German Nobel prizewinners in medicine and physiology have studied or worked at the university.

It can trace its roots back to 1710, when the hospital was built in response to the plague in eastern Prussia. In 2003, it merged with other medical institutes in Germany and took on its current name.

Many famous scientists and physicians have worked or studied at the university, among them neurologist Carl Wernicke, psychiatrist Karl Leonhard and Rahel Hirsch, the first female medical professor in Prussia.

3.  Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany.
-Close to 20 per cent of the student body is international, representing 130 countries. More than a third of doctoral students are international.

The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 160 study programmes. Academics at Heidelberg have been responsible for founding subdisciplines including psychiatric genetics, modern sociology and environmental physics.

The university particularly excels for its innovative research and intellectual contributions across a range of subjects. Some 27 Nobel laureates have been associated with Heidelberg University, nine of whom won the prize while tenured there.

Many influential politicians, philosophers and scientists are alumni or affiliates of the university, including Max Weber – the founder of modern sociology – and philosopher Hannah Arendt.

Heidelberg is known as the home of German Romanticism, and the Old Town and castle are some of the most visited tourist destinations in Germany.

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2.  Technical University of Munich

- The Technical University of Munich is the only state university dedicated to science and technology.
-Since 1927, 17 Nobel prizes have been awarded in physics, chemistry and medicine to academics affiliated with the university.

Founded in the 19th century, the university originally focused on engineering, but has expanded over the years to include natural sciences, social sciences, agriculture, brewing and food technology, and medicine. Many specialisms within engineering and information technology are offered across three departments.

An overarching philosophy of “the entrepreneurial university” guides the development of the institution, which now has 15 departments across three campuses in and around Munich.

1.  LMU Munich

LMU Munich was founded in 1472, making it one of the oldest universities in the country.
- The university is affiliated with 42 Nobel laureates, including renowned scientists such as Otto Hahn, Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg.

With the second-largest student population of any university in Germany, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich – to use its full name – attracts a large number of international students, about 13 per cent of the total student body.

Since the end of the 18th century, the university has had a strong focus on natural sciences, and since the middle of the 19th century it has produced world-leading research, discoveries and innovations.

The German Universities Excellence Initiative, launched in 2005, has provided funding for LMU Munich, as well as other leading universities in the country.

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Best universities in Germany 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2022 results

World University Rank 2022 Germany Rank 2022 University City/town
32 1 LMU Munich Munich
38 2 Technical University of Munich Munich
=42 3 Heidelberg University Heidelberg
73 4 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Berlin
74 5 Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
=78 6 University of Tübingen Tübingen
83 7 Free University of Berlin Berlin
=108 =8 University of Freiburg Freiburg
=108 =8 RWTH Aachen University Aachen
112 10 University of Bonn Bonn
=119 11 University of Göttingen Göttingen
=132 12 University of Hamburg Hamburg
139 13 Technical University of Berlin Berlin
=146 =14 University of Mannheim Mannheim
=146 =14 Ulm University Ulm
165 16 University of Würzburg Würzburg
166 17 Bielefeld University Bielefeld
=172 =18 University of Cologne Cologne
=172 =18 TU Dresden Dresden
180 20 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruhe
=197 =21 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Nuremberg and Erlangen
=197 =21 University of Hohenheim Hohenheim
201–250 =23 Friedrich Schiller University Jena Jena
201–250 =23 University of Konstanz Konstanz
201–250 =23 University of Münster Münster
251–300 =26 University of Duisburg-Essen Essen and Duisburg
251–300 =26 University of Düsseldorf Düsseldorf
251–300 =26 University of Kiel Kiel
251–300 =26 University of Potsdam Potsdam
251–300 =26 Ruhr University Bochum Bochum
301–350 =31 Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt
301–350 =31 Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Mainz
301–350 =31 University of Stuttgart Stuttgart
301–350 =31 Technical University of Darmstadt Darmstadt
351–400 =35 University of Bayreuth Bayreuth
351–400 =35 University of Bremen Bremen
351–400 =35 University of Greifswald Greifswald
351–400 =35 University of Passau Passau
401–500 =39 Justus Liebig University Giessen Giessen
401–500 =39 Leibniz University Hannover Hannover
401–500 =39 University of Marburg Marburg
401–500 =39 TU Dortmund University Dortmund
501–600 =39 Jacobs University Bremen
601–800 =44 Hamburg University of Technology Hamburg
601–800 =44 University of Kaiserslautern Kaiserslautern
601–800 =44 University of Regensburg Regensburg
601–800 =44 University of Siegen Siegen
601–800 =44 TU Braunschweig Braunschweig
601–800 =44 University of Wuppertal Wuppertal
1001–1200 50 Ilmenau University of Technology Ilmenau


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