Top 10 Universities in Germany
  • Prajwal Bhandari
  • 2 years ago

Education is a light that can expand our perception beyond the normal comprehension of the world. Germany has grasped this very well and has reflected their understanding, up to the educational institutions around the nation.

Due to this, Public universities in Germany are state-funded and thus don't charge fees to students. They also allow students to choose from a long list of courses. You can study in Germany in English too. Also, you can study the English language in many German universities.

They encouraged students here to embark on an independent learning path — where universities help them by providing a framework and knowledge to do so. It surely is a paradise for higher education.

So, we have compiled a list of universities in Germany that rank in the top 10. Let’s look at it now.

What is the basis of our ranking?

When looking for reliable university rankings, QS World University Rankings is a place to go. They consider the following factors to rate universities:

  • Academic reputation (40%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • Student/Faculty ratio (20%)
  • Employer reputation (10%)
  • International Faculty Ratio (5%)
  • International Student Ratio (5%)

According to its ranking of 2022, Germany is home to 11 universities among the top 200 universities in the world. We would make use of the same ranking as the basis for listing the top 10 universities in Germany.

Top 10 Universities in Germany

QS university rank of 2022


International student count


Technical University of Munich



Heidelberg University



Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München



Freie Universitat Berlin



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology



Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)



RWTH Aachen University



Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg



Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen


Source: Topuniversities. Edu zeit,

1. Technical University of Munich

In 1868, they founded the Technical University of Munich, in Munich city. They established it with a focus on natural sciences. It helped Bavaria to transform from an agricultural to an industrial state. It also proudly calls itself to be an entrepreneurial university.

Frequently ranked as the top university in Germany, it is also the first university to be called a university of excellence in the country.

They offer 178-degree programs from various genres, including:

  • natural sciences
  • life science
  • political and social sciences
  • agriculture, medicine, engineering, and management

2.   Heidelberg University

 In 1385, they founded Heidelberg University in Heidelberg city. It is a prestigious institution in Europe. We know it for its research-based teaching, which aims to solve issues that humanity is facing.

They have mentioned beautifully on their website about their open-minded approach to individuals and their ideas. It would help to generate skills and knowledge beneficial for generations to come.

They offer courses on a wide variety of faculties which sums up to over 180 programs in the master’s degree. It includes:

  • Natural sciences, mathematics, and computer sciences
  • Liberal arts and theology
  • Law, economics, and social sciences
  • Medicine

3.   Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

In 1472, they founded the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich city. It is a leading research university in Europe. It has 600 international partners to help transfer the research and skills of students across the border.

The Faculties here are diverse and are 18 in total. It includes:

  • Catholic and protestant theology
  • Law
  • Business and economics
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • History and the arts
  • Philosophy, philosophy of science, and religious studies
  • Psychology and educational sciences
  • Study of culture
  • Languages and literature
  • Social sciences
  • Mathematics, informatics, and statistics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and pharmacy
  • Biology
  • Geosciences 

4.   Freie Universitat Berlin

In 1948, they founded the Freie Universitat Berlin in Berlin city. They established it in response to the ill-treatment students faced when they looked critically into the system of Universität Unter den Linden.

In recent times, they have shifted their focus to research activities. It has university-wide partnerships with over 100 educational institutions around the world. They have further expanded the cooperation with businesses, government, arts, culture, and society.

They offer courses in a wide variety of faculties for master’s degrees. It includes :

  • Biology, chemistry, and pharmacy
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education and psychology
  • History and cultural studies
  • Law
  • Mathematics and computer science
  • Philosophy and humanities
  • Physics
  • Political and social sciences
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Business and economics
  • Latin American studies
  • East European studies
  • North American studies

5.   Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin

In 1810, they founded the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin in Berlin city. They established it with an agenda to integrate research and study. It upholds the idea of research without restriction.

There are over 185 master’s degree courses, where 21 of them are in the English language. You can choose the courses from the following fields:

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Culture, Social Sciences, and Education
  • Life Sciences and Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy Linguistics and Literature Theology
  • Business and Economics

6.   KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 In 1825, they founded the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe city. It provides research-based study programs for the students. It aims to prepare students to be in responsible positions in society.

KIT is home to 23,300 young students and 9600 employees. Among 9600 workers, 5400 are researchers who also teach students.

There are over 100 master’s degree courses, where 18 of them are in the English language. The courses extend to the following faculties:

  • Natural sciences
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Humanities and social sciences

7. Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin institute of technology)

In 1946, they founded the Berlin institute of technology in Berlin city. They established it with the aim to develop science and technology for the highest well-being of society.

Being in the capital of Germany — a lot of research goes on here. The research focuses on:

  • Digital transformation
  • Photonics and optical system
  • Materials, design, and manufacturing
  • Urban systems and environmental systems
  • Energy systems, mobility, and sustainable resources
  • Human health, humanities, and educational science.

They offer 95 programs for master’s degrees where 65 are in the German language, 24 in the English language and  6 of them are both in German and English.

The courses extend to the following faculties:

  • Humanities and Education
  • Economics and Management
  • Traffic and Machine Systems
  • Planning Building Environment
  • Process Sciences
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

8.   RWTH Aachen University

In 1870, they founded RWTH Aachen University in the city of Aachen. It aims to provide creative answers to global challenges. It has 186 courses in total, where a master's degree program is available for 114 of them. These courses are available in the following faculties:

  • Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Economics
  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Geo resources and Materials engineering
  • Electrical engineering and information technology

9.   Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

In 1457, they founded Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Freiburg city. They established them to educate young theologians and administrators. About 24000 students study here from over 100 nations. Also, 7000 professors, lecturers, and employees put their effort into the university. Many philosophers and Nobel laureates have been part of the institution for teaching and research purpose.

Over 180 master’s degree courses are available here within 11 faculties. They are:

  • Mathematics, engineering, and natural sciences
  • Forest and environmental science
  • Medicine
  • Law, economics, social science, and behavioral science
  • Sports
  • Linguistics and cultural studies
  • Interdisciplinary Degree programs

10.   Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

In 1477, they founded Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, in Tübingen — city of research and studies. Innovative, interdisciplinary, and international are three words that best define this institution.

It is a research-based university, which is mirrored by its teaching strategies. They have ensured that they confront the students with the research issues early and carry them through the process.

It provides over 200 different courses in 7 faculties, namely:

  • Law
  • Humanities
  • Economic and social science
  • science
  • Medicine
  • Protestant theology
  • Catholic theology


We hope our compilations will help you make an informed choice about studying at universities in Germany.

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