Study in Germany. Germany is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students because the cost of studying is low and the quality of education is high. Many students prefer to come study in Germany when searching for a school. Here is list of the best and most prestigious German universities for international students.
1. Technical University of Munich (TUM)
The Technical University of Munich ranked 49 in the world and best in Germany, was founded in 1868 and is a member of TU9, an association of nine of Germany’s most well-regarded universities. It has 15 academic departments and about 40,000 students on campus, with over 30 percent being international students.
The university offers 182-degree programs across levels and streams, with the base in Munich being considered one of the most student friendly cities in the world.
Back in 2019, Reuters ranked TUM the 46th best innovative university in the world. Across its four campuses in Germany, tuition fees are not charged but students are required to pay for rent, food and basic semester fee.
The semester fees is made up of the basic student union fee, and the fees for basic semester ticket must be transferred in time for each semester in which you wish to begin or continue your studies. Semester fee varies from 62 euros to 138 euro per semester.
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2. Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich
This is a premier public funded research and academic university across Europe. It has committed to the highest international standards of excellence since it was founded in 1472.
Its research and academic excellence span a wide diversity of fields from the humanities and cultural studies through law, economics and social sciences to medicine and natural sciences.
As per The World University Rankings 2022, LMU was ranked 32 among best varsities in the world and has not changed in the past four years. It has over 51,000 students and boasts on being one of the best medical college in Germany.
This university also does not charge tuition, but has other expenses such as living expenses.
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3. Heidelberg University (Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg)
Heidelberg University, also known as Ruperto Carola, is one of Europe’s most research-focused and oldest universities in Germany.
In 2019 Reuters ranked the public university 11th for most innovative varsity in Europe. As per Shanghai Ranking of World Universities (2019), Heidelberg University is the number three in Germany and 57 worldwide.
Its broad subject spectrum in 12 faculties includes the humanities, law, the social and behavioural sciences, the life sciences, medicine and the natural sciences.
With approximately 160 degree programmes, the university caters to over 29,000 students and research scholars including 5,200 international students. According to the official website of the university, at least 11 Nobel Prize winners taught or conducted their research as professors at Heidelberg University. And 45 other Nobel laureates’ names are associated with “either Heidelberg University or the city of Heidelberg”.
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4. Freie Universität Berlin
According to the official website of the university, Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 by professors and students, in response to the persecution faced by students who took a critical eye of the system at Universität Unter den Linden, at that time located in the Soviet sector of the divided city.
It comprises of twelve departments and three central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines including engineering, medicine, economics, computer science and informatics, politics, archaeology history, languages, law and legal studies and earth and marine sciences.
In 2007, Freie Universität Berlin was selected in the Excellence Initiative jointly sponsored by the German federal government and the governments of the federal states. It was one on nine universities in Germany to receive distinction in all three lines of funding, a Step that enabled them to solidify and further expand as an “international network university”.
During the second funding round of the Excellence Initiative in 2012, it was selected again and is now one of eleven universities of excellence in Germany.
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5. Humboldt University of Berlin
Founded in 1810, it currently ranks at 131 in World University Rankings 2023 by the Qs. It is a public research university catering to almost 38,000 students including almost 6500 foreign students.
The university has identified areas like quantitative economics, life sciences with a focus on theoretical biology, neuroscience and immunobiology; mathematics, material and optical sciences, studies of the ancient world and history of science, philosophy, as well as climate and sustainability for its research activities.
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