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Best universities in Germany 2023

Find the best universities in Germany in 2023 through Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data

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October 14 2022
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Top 10 universities in Germany

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Germany Rank 2023  World University Rank 2023  University City/town
1  30  Technical University of Munich Munich
2  33  LMU Munich Munich
3  43  Heidelberg University Heidelberg
4  73  Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Berlin
=5  =86  Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
=5  =86  University of Tübingen Tübingen
7  89  University of Bonn Bonn
8  =91  Free University of Berlin Berlin
9  =99  RWTH Aachen University Aachen
10  113  University of Freiburg Freiburg

This league table reveals the best universities in Germany, according to the trusted Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

The Technical University of Munich is the top university in Germany, followed by LMU 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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4.  Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe.

More than half of Germany’s  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 is particularly renowned 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.  LMU Munich

LMU Munich was founded in 1472, making it one of Germany’s oldest universities.

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 has produced world-leading research 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.

1.  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.


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Best universities in Germany 2023

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2023 results

Germany Rank 2023  World University Rank 2023  University City/town
1  30  Technical University of Munich Munich
2  33  LMU Munich Munich
3  43  Heidelberg University Heidelberg
4  73  Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Berlin
=5  =86  Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
=5  =86  University of Tübingen Tübingen
7  89  University of Bonn Bonn
8  =91  Free University of Berlin Berlin
9  =99  RWTH Aachen University Aachen
10  113  University of Freiburg Freiburg
11  =119  University of Göttingen Göttingen
12  =128  University of Hamburg Hamburg
13  =139  University of Würzburg Würzburg
14  146  University of Cologne Cologne
15  =148  Ulm University Ulm
=16  =156  Technical University of Berlin Berlin
=16  =156  TU Dresden Dresden
18  179  University of Mannheim Mannheim
19  185  University of Münster Münster
=20  =189  Friedrich Schiller University Jena Jena
=20  =189  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruhe
22  =196  University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Nuremberg and Erlangen
=23  201–250  Bielefeld University Bielefield
=23  201–250  University of Hohenheim Hohenheim
=23  201–250  University of Konstanz Konstanz
=23  201–250  University of Potsdam Potsdam
=27  251–300  University of Duisburg-Essen Essen and Duisburg
=27  251–300  Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Düsseldorf
=27  251–300  Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt
=27  251–300  Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Mainz
=27  251–300  University of Kiel Kiel
=27  251–300  Ruhr University Bochum Bochum
=33  301–350  University of Stuttgart Stuttgart
=33  301–350  Technical University of Darmstadt Darmstadt
=35  351–400  University of Bremen Bremen
=35  351–400  University of Greifswald Greifswald
=35  351–400  Leuphana University of Lüneburg Lüneburg
=38  401–500  University of Bayreuth Bayreuth
=38  401–500  Justus Liebig University Giessen Giessen
=38  401–500  Leibniz University Hannover Hannover
=38  401–500  University of Marburg Marburg
=38  401–500  University of Passau Passau
=43  501–600  Jacobs University Bremen
=43  501–600  TU Dortmund University Dortmund
=45  601–800  Hamburg University of Technology Hamburg
=45  601–800  University of Kaiserslautern Kaiserslautern
=45  601–800  TU Braunschweig Braunschweig
=45  601–800  University of Wuppertal Wuppertal
=49  801–1000  University of Siegen Siegen
50  1001–1200  Ilmenau University of Technology Ilmenau

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