Germany is one of the most popular study destinations for international students. One can imagine the popularity of German institutes by the fact that the target of hosting 3,50,000 international students by 2020 had already been surpassed in 2016. In 2018/19, during the winter semester, around 3,97,579 international students studied in Germany.
Top-ranking universities, reasonable or very low tuition fees and globally recognised study programs are some of the reasons why international students prefer to study in Germany. German degrees are highly valued by the employees sitting in top companies around the world.
Here is the list of top 20 German universities. The list is derived from the world THE and QS ranking agencies.
|German Universities||THE Ranking 2020||QS Ranking 2020|
|Ludwig Maximilians University Munich||32||63|
|Technical University of Munich (TUM)||43||55|
|Humboldt University Berlin||74||120|
|University of Freiburg||86||169|
|University of Tübingen||91||169|
|RWTH Aachen University||99||138|
|University of Bonn||105||243|
|Freie Universität Berlin||117||130|
|University of Göttingen||125||197|
|Technische Universität Berlin||149||147|
|Technische Universität Dresden||157||179|
|University of Cologne||157||308|
|University of Mannheim||157||314|
|Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)||175||124|
|University of Stuttgart||251||279|
|Goethe University Frankfurt||301||291|
German universities can be classified into different types depending on their philosophy of education. Various sorts of German universities are as followsUniversities
Generally, the focus of German universities remains on providing research and theoretical knowledge for a wide range of study programs. However, there are universities which offer specialized study programs also called technical universities.Universities of applied sciences
Universities of applied sciences are known as Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften/Fachhochschulen (HAW/FH) in Germany. There are over 200 HAW/FH, and they offer a range of study programs in fields such as technology, economics, media or social work with a focus on applied research.Universities of cooperative education
German universities of cooperative education offer dual study programs which consist of study programs with vocational training or practical activities in an organization.Selecting the right German university
The quality of most of the German higher education institutes is equally good, so ranking should not be the only criterion while choosing a university. Other factors that may influence your selection include entrance examination, financial requirements, prospects and language.
Here is the list of some of the basic necessities that you may need to meet for your admission application
Like with other countries, to study in Germany, you will have to complete German student visa requirements which include University Admission Letter, Proof of Financial Resources, Proof of Health Insurance Coverage, University Entrance Qualification, Proof of Language Proficiency and some specific needs depending on your case. For the precise information for your Germany student visa, it is recommended that you meet our Germany study visa consultants.