Study in Germany

With hundreds of respected universities to choose from as well as its location in the heart of Europe, it’s no wonder that Germany consistently ranks as one of the most popular countries in the world in which to study. There’s Berlin, steeped in history while maintaining a laid-back, trendy feel, and then there is Munich, with its industrial heart and conservative approach to life - which also plays host to the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival.

It’s easy to see that Germany is a country of contrasts. Some of the most prestigious institutions in Europe are dotted throughout the country, with universities including LMU Munich, Heidelberg University and the Humboldt University of Berlin ranking among the world’s best.

Germany’s position as a European powerhouse means that many of its universities offer great job prospects – in fact, a lot of foreign students love the country so much that they choose to continue living in Germany after their studies. What’s more, Germany can be a relatively inexpensive country to study in, as a lot of undergraduate courses do not command any tuition fees for both domestic and international students.

If you end up deciding to study in Germany, you will be joining a host of world-famous names who have also come through Germany’s impressive education system, including philosopher Immanuel Kant, poet and novelist Novalis, and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx.

If you want to study in Germany, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Germany has 41 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Germany is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Germany below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Germany’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Germany is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

Humboldt University of Berlin

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Top universities in Germany

Statistics about Germany

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 11.22%
  • Of which, on higher education 26.78%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 65.47%
  • Population 81,413,145
  • Unemployment 5%
  • Annual GDP 1.69%
Data source: The World Bank