Top Universities in Germany

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Updated on Nov 19, 2020 19:00 IST

Best Universities in Germany: Germany has long fascinated students across the world. Known for its excellent research facilities, Nobel Laureates, and groundbreaking technologies, Germany continues to attract research students and scholars alike. With the opening up of international courses in the universities of Germany, a lot of international students have started to pursue their higher education in Germany. Free tuition, easy visa and immigration laws, scholarship support for Indian students, and excellent industry interface has quickly made Germany one of the top destinations for Indian students. And with good reason. Read on to know more about the top universities in Germany in 2021. 

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One of the many reasons for choosing Germany as a study destination is the presence of German Universities in the global university rankings. The Germans take their education system very seriously and German Universities are largely state-funded public universities. One of the reasons for the high influx of international students wanting to study in Germany is that public universities do not charge students the otherwise expensive tuition fee but only charge an administration fee at the start of every academic year. However, students wanting to study in Germany would be required to possess a Blocked Account which is mandatory and would cover their living and miscellaneous expenses while living in the country.

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Top 10 Universities in Germany for 2021

Candidates wanting to study in Germany would obviously want to apply to the top universities in Germany.  While German Public universities would have a more detailed admission procedure, admission to private universities is relatively easier. Often, candidates would be required to have an understanding/working knowledge of the German language to easier facilitate their admission. Here is a list of the top 10 universities in Germany 2021 for students who want to pursue their higher education in the country.  Read: Study in Germany: Timeline for September 2021 intake

University

QS World University Ranking 2021 - Top Universities in Germany 

Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 - Best Universities in Germany

Technical University of Munich

1

2

Ludwig Maximillian’s University, Munich

2

1

Heidelberg University

3

3

Humboldt University of Berlin

4

6

Free University of Berlin

5

10

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

6

22

RWTH Aachen University

7

8

Technical University of Berlin

8

13

Dresden University of Technology (TUD)

9

18

University of Tuebingen

10

5

Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

10

7

Know more about the universities in detail, here

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Technical University of Munich is amongst the best universities in Europe having three campuses in Garching, Freising-Weihenstephan, and Munich. The academic faculties of the university are divided into three campuses. The main campus is in Munich includes the departments of Architecture, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics, Medicine, and Social Sciences. The second campus is situated in Garching which houses faculties of Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Informatics, and Mathematics. The third campus is situated in Weihenstephan which is just 35 km north of Munich that is home to a number of faculties including Agriculture Science and Horticulture, Biology, Forestry and Resource Management, Nutrition, Landscape Planning and Architecture, and Food Technology.

Technical University of Munich - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

BE/BTech

3 Years

No tuition fees

MS

24 Months

No tuition fees

MBA

24 Months

INR 27.1L

MArch

2 Years

No tuition fees

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU)

Established in 1472, Ludwig Maximilian University also known as the University of Munich is an open research university that is associated with LERU, Europaeum, and the German Excellence Universities. The major faculties at the university include the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of History, Faculty of Educational Sciences, and the Faculty of Language and Literature.

These faculties are built within the premises and have a well-maintained academic structure and experienced faculty members that provides students with ample knowledge. Some well-known subjects of the university are Physics, Psychology, Management, and Business among several others.

Ludwig Maximilians University Munich - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

MBA

24 Months

No tuition fees

BE/BTech

3 Years

No tuition fees

BBA

3 Years

No tuition fees

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

MS

24 Months

No tuition fees

BSc

3 Years

No tuition fees

Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University is an open research and Germany's oldest university founded in 1836. Like all other public universities in Germany, Heidelberg does not charge students for tuition. The language of instruction is generally German, while a significant number of graduate degrees are offered in English as well as some in French.

Heidelberg University offers undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate degree programs, and doctoral level programs for students to pursue. The university offers courses in twelve subjects including, Behavioral and Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Modern Languages, Economics and Social Sciences, Biosciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Math and Computer science, Theology, Law, and two medical faculties.

Heidelberg University - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

BE/BTech

3 Years

INR 2.5L

MS

12 - 24 Months

INR 0 - 9.9L

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

BSc

3 Years

No tuition fees

Humboldt University of Berlin

Established in 1801, Humboldt University of Berlin had a humble beginning with four faculties including medicine, law, theology, and philosophy. The university started operating with just 256 students and 52 staff members. Currently, the university has nine faculties, three central institutes, five central units, and nine interdisciplinary centers.

The research-intensive Humboldt University of Berlin offers 189-degree courses in various fields of education like agriculture, biology, biophysics, business, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, economics, economics, horticulture, theology, management, psychology, medicine, social sciences, and sports. Students are provided with excellent information, counseling services, and job and internship opportunities.

Humboldt University of Berlin - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

MS

2 Years

No tuition fees

BE/BTech

3 Years

No tuition fees

BSc

3 Years

No tuition fees

BBA

3 Years

No tuition fees

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

Free University of Berlin (FU) 

Established in 1948, the Free University of Berlin was formed by students and professors. The initiative was to incorporate a free university and was strongly supported by the masses and gained plenty of financial aid. The university holds membership in various prestigious international and national organizations like the European Universities Association (EUA) and Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA).

Currently, the university has 11 academic departments, four multi-disciplinary central institutes, and one merged medical school with the Humboldt University of Berlin. The university offers 52 doctoral, 105 graduate, and 73 undergraduate degree programs in various fields like social sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, mathematics, languages, cultural studies, law, economics, business, and arts. The Free University of Berlin provides students with outstanding internship and job opportunities through the tie-ups it has developed with well-established firms over the years.

Free University of Berlin - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

BBA

3 Years

No tuition fees

BE/BTech

3 Years

No tuition fees

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

BSc

3 Years

No tuition fees

MS

12 - 24 Months

No tuition fees

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Established in 1825, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the largest scientific institutions in Europe, the only German university of excellence with national large-scale research that combines a long university tradition with program-oriented cutting-edge research.

At KIT, more than 5000 scientists work together on a broad disciplinary basis in the natural, engineering, economics, humanities and social sciences. Regardless of whether scientists come from the large-scale research section or from the university world, they participate in teaching so that students studying at KIT receive rare insights into the scientific world.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fee

MS

2 Years

INR 0-26 Lakhs

MIM

2 Years

IN3 13 Lakhs

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH)

Established in 1870, the RWTH Aachen University is an open research university and is considered among the top technological universities in Germany. The university offers undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate degree programs, and doctoral level programs.

It includes a number of subjects that are categorized into nine faculties, namely Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Geo-resources and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

MS

18 - 24 Months

INR 0 - 15.6L

BSc

3 Years

No tuition fees

BE/B.Tech

3 Years

No tuition fees

Technical University of Berlin (TUB)

The Technical University of Berlin is a prestigious research institution in Berlin, Germany. In the year 1879, it was founded and later recognized as one of the most distinguished universities in Europe. The Technical University of Berlin is popular for its engineering programs in the field of computer science, economics and management, mathematics, planning, human sciences, process science, and mechanical engineering.

These seven faculties offer varied courses that include 40 Bachelor's programs and 60 Master's programs for the students to choose from. Apart from this, the university also promotes and gives importance to entrepreneurship and start-ups in science and other subjects of importance.

Technical University of Berlin - Courses

Courses

Duration

1st Year Tuition Fees

BE/BTech

3 Years

No tuition fees

MS

18 - 24 Months

No tuition fees

BBA

3 - 3.5 Years

No tuition fees

MArch

2 Years

No tuition fees

MIM

2 Years

No tuition fees

BSc

3 Years

No tuition fees

MA

2 Years

No tuition fees

Dresden University of Technology (TUD)

Established in 1828, Dresden University of Technology is a center for academic excellence in Germany. This prestigious university is a public research university that has its origin in the Royal Saxon Technical School and bridges technical education with humanities. Dresden focuses on interdisciplinary approaches and offers varieties of courses in undergraduate, postgraduate, and certificate levels. The university maintains world-class infrastructure including hi-tech laboratories, art studios, computer labs, and libraries offering research-driven education.

Dresden University of Technology (TUD) - Courses

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
MS 24 Months INR 0 - 2.6L

University of Tuebingen

Established in 1477, the University of Tuebingen is one of the oldest universities in Germany, Tuebingen is acknowledged globally for the research-oriented learning system. The core faculties of the University of Tuebingen include Protestant Theology, Catholic Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Economics and Social Sciences, and Science.

Apart from these, there are several interfaculty institutes in the university such as the Interfaculty Institute for Cell Biology, Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, and Inter-faculty Centre for Archaeology. . The University of Tuebingen maintains state-of-the-art infrastructure for offering best-in-class education. The hi-tech laboratories, libraries, art studios, and IT center in the campus constitute the most suitable environment for research and innovation.

University of Tuebingen - Courses

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
MIM 2 Years No tuition fees
MS 1 - 2 Years No tuition fees

Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Founded in 1457, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg was first set up in Freiburg Cathedral as the 'Albertina'. Initially, the university was established as a comprehensive university with four faculties, including law, theology, medicine, and philosophy. The university was founded to educate young administrators and theologists and the lessons took place in Latin. Currently, the university has 11 faculties and 18 research centers, where the instruction and research take place.

The university has three large campuses and among other buildings across Freiburg. The three campuses include the University Centre, located near the historical city Centre, the engineering campus, and the institute quarter. The University Centre also houses Jugendstil Kollegiengebäude I, the old and the current university library, and the university church.

Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg - Courses

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
BE/BTech 3 Years No tuition fees
MS 2 Years No tuition fees
MIM 2 Years No tuition fees
BBA 3 Years No tuition fees

The above tabular data has been sourced from Shiksha Study Abroad from an earlier date. The numbers could vary subject to the current economy. 

This is a comprehensive list of the top 10 universities in Germany. We have for the benefit of our readers listed several of the most sought-after courses according to university. However, for the entire list of courses offered at the university, candidates are advised to visit the official website.  We advise that you go through the website, understand the course structure of UG and PG courses, explore the scholarships for Germany, understand the eligibility criteria for undergraduate courses as well as PG courses as well as understand the application process to German Universities. Once you are clear about the way to reach Germany, we suggest either of the universities would be a great place for you…for when it comes to Germany…it means quality. For more inquiries, feel free to write to us in the comments section below. 

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

21/10/20

Hello Mahendra. Can you please elaborate on your query?

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Shraddha

01/10/20

Hi.I have done my bachelor before 20 years...Can I apply for MBA in Germany.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

01/10/20

Hello Shraddha. You can apply for an MBA in Germany given you are eligible for the same. Kindly familiarize yourself with the following articles: MBA in Germany: Universities, Colleges & Feeshttps://studyabroad.shiksha.com/germany/mba-colleges-dcMBA in Germanyhttps://studyabroad.shiksha.com/mba-...Hello Shraddha. You can apply for an MBA in Germany given you are eligible for the same. Kindly familiarize yourself with the following articles:
MBA in Germany: Universities, Colleges & Fees
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/germany/mba-colleges-dc
MBA in Germany
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/mba-in-germany-articlepage-1293
10 Most Affordable MBA Colleges in Germany
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/10-most-affordable-mba-colleges-in-germany-articlepage-495

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VIGNESH R

19/01/20

Im in my final year B.E. Mechanical and i would like to do MBA in Germany .
I have to give IELTS and does German language proficiency is also required or IELTS score is enough ?
Should i defanitly have a work experience can't i join as a fresher after completing my UG ?
Kindly help and guide me !

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

22/01/20

Hello Vignesh. kindly go through the link mentioned below for detailed information on the same.
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/mba-in-germany-articlepage-1293
work experience, german language proficiency, and work experience requirements depend on the college you are looking to take admission to.

I done b.com with 47% in 2017. I have 4 year of experience in I.T. Can I get admission in Universities in Germany for MBA course ?

Reply to Anjali Dudeja

I am bcom graduate and got 47%. I have 4 work experience. Can i get admission in universities in Germany for any course ?

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