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Best universities in Germany 2024

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September 27 2023
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Top 10 universities in Germany 2024

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Germany Rank 2024World University Rank 2024World University Rank 2023UniversityCity/town
1=3030Technical University of MunichMunich
2=3833LMU MunichMunich
34743Universit盲t HeidelbergHeidelberg
4=87=86Humboldt University of BerlinBerlin
590=99RWTH Aachen UniversityAachen
69189University of BonnBonn
79473Charit茅 - Universit盲tsmedizin BerlinBerlin
8=95=86University of 罢眉产颈苍驳别苍罢眉产颈苍驳别苍
9102=91Free University of BerlinBerlin
10=111=119University of 骋枚迟迟颈苍驳别苍骋枚迟迟颈苍驳别苍

This league table reveals the best universities in Germany, according to the trusted听91原创听World University Rankings 2024.

The Technical University of Munich takes first place, followed by听LMU Munich.听


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The top universities in Germany are scattered throughout the country, with options to study in Munich, Berlin and 40听other cities. The top university in Berlin is Humboldt University of Berlin.听

In total, 49 universities in Germany are counted among the very best in the world.

More than 500 degrees (bachelor鈥檚 and master鈥檚 programmes) are taught in English at top German universities. Whatever subject you are interested in, you can study that degree in English in Germany.

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5. RWTH Aachen University

RWTH Aachen University was founded in 1870 with a strong focus on engineering and the local mining industry.听

It has since expanded to become the largest technical university in Germany, offering courses in engineering, chemical engineering, life sciences and medicine, arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and management and architecture.听

The world鈥檚 first wind tunnel and particle accelerator were both developed at RWTH Aachen. Major innovations created on site include a pioneering aircraft made entirely of metal and a diesel soot filter.

The university also has strong ties to industries and created a European equivalent of Silicon Valley around it.听

4.听 Humboldt University of Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin听is located in the country鈥檚 capital, Berlin, which is听a popular destination for international students.

The university is made up of nine faculties, including its medical faculty, which it shares with the听Free University of Berlin.

The main building of Humboldt University is on Unter den Linden boulevard, surrounded by a range of other historic buildings, museums and art galleries.

The university has an impressive list of alumni and former faculty, including physicists Albert Einstein, Max Planck and Erwin Schr枚dinger, collectors of folk tales Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and philosopher Karl Marx.

3.听 Universit盲t Heidelberg

Universit盲t Heidelberg, founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany.

Close to 20 per cent of the student body is international, representing 130 countries. More than a third of doctoral students are international.

The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 160 study programmes. Academics at Heidelberg have been responsible for founding sub-disciplines including psychiatric genetics, modern sociology and environmental physics.

The university is particularly renowned for its innovative research and intellectual contributions across a range of subjects. Some 27听Nobel laureates have been associated with Universit盲t Heidelberg, nine of whom won the prize while tenured there.

Many influential politicians, philosophers and scientists are alumni or affiliates of the university, including Max Weber 鈥 the founder of modern sociology 鈥 and philosopher Hannah Arendt.

Heidelberg is known as the home of German Romanticism, and the Old Town and castle are some of the most visited tourist destinations in Germany.


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2.听 LMU Munich

LMU Munich was founded in 1472, making it one of Germany鈥檚 oldest universities.

The university is affiliated with 42 Nobel laureates, including renowned scientists such as Otto Hahn, Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg.

With the second-largest student population of any university in Germany, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich 鈥 to use its full name 鈥 attracts a large number of international students, about 13听per cent of the total student body.

Since the end of the 18th听century, the university has had a strong focus on natural sciences and has produced world-leading research and innovations.

The German Universities Excellence Initiative, launched in 2005, has provided funding for LMU Munich, as well as other leading universities in the country.

1.听 Technical University of Munich

The听Technical University of Munich is the only state university dedicated to science and technology.

Since 1927, 17 Nobel prizes have been awarded in physics, chemistry and medicine to academics affiliated with the university.

Founded in the 19th听century, the university originally focused on engineering, but has expanded over the years to include natural sciences, social sciences, agriculture, brewing and food technology, and medicine. Many specialisms within engineering (chemical, electrical, civil) and information technology are offered across three departments.

An overarching philosophy of 鈥渢he entrepreneurial university鈥 guides the development of the institution, which now has 15听departments across three campuses in and around Munich.


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Best universities in Germany 2024

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2024听results

Germany Rank 2024World University Rank 2024World University Rank 2023UniversityCity/town
1=3030Technical University of MunichMunich
2=3833LMU MunichMunich
34743Universit盲t HeidelbergHeidelberg
4=87=86Humboldt University of BerlinBerlin
590=99RWTH Aachen UniversityAachen
69189University of BonnBonn
79473Charit茅 - Universit盲tsmedizin BerlinBerlin
8=95=86University of 罢眉产颈苍驳别苍罢眉产颈苍驳别苍
9102=91Free University of BerlinBerlin
10=111=119University of 骋枚迟迟颈苍驳别苍骋枚迟迟颈苍驳别苍
11128113University of FreiburgFreiburg
=12=136=128University of HamburgHamburg
=12=136=156Technical University of BerlinBerlin
14=140=189Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruhe
15160146University of CologneCologne
16=161=156TU DresdenDresden
17=175=139University of 奥眉谤锄产耻谤驳奥眉谤锄产耻谤驳
18=187179University of MannheimMannheim
=19=193=196University of Erlangen-NurembergNuremberg and Erlangen
=19=193185University of 惭眉苍蝉迟别谤惭眉苍蝉迟别谤
=19=193=148Ulm UniversityUlm
=22201鈥250=189Friedrich Schiller University JenaJena
=22201鈥250251鈥300Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt
=22201鈥250201鈥250University of PotsdamPotsdam
=25251鈥300251鈥300Heinrich Heine University 顿眉蝉蝉别濒诲辞谤蹿顿眉蝉蝉别濒诲辞谤蹿
=25251鈥300201鈥250University of HohenheimHohenheim
=25251鈥300251鈥300Johannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainz
=25251鈥300201鈥250University of KonstanzKonstanz
=25251鈥300251鈥300Ruhr University BochumBochum
=25251鈥300301鈥350University of StuttgartStuttgart
=25251鈥300301鈥350Technical University of DarmstadtDarmstadt
=32301鈥350351鈥400University of BremenBremen
=32301鈥350251鈥300University of KielKiel
=34351鈥400401鈥500University of BayreuthBayreuth
=34351鈥400401鈥500Justus Liebig University GiessenGiessen
=34351鈥400401鈥500Leibniz University HannoverHannover
=37401鈥500501鈥600Constructor University BremenBremen
=37401鈥500351鈥400University of GreifswaldGreifswald
=37401鈥500401鈥500University of MarburgMarburg
=37401鈥500401鈥500University of PassauPassau
=37401鈥500501鈥600TU Dortmund UniversityDortmund
=42501鈥600601鈥800Hamburg University of TechnologyHamburg
=42501鈥600351鈥400Leuphana University of 尝眉苍别产耻谤驳尝眉苍别产耻谤驳
=42501鈥600601鈥800TU BraunschweigBraunschweig
=42501鈥600601鈥800University of WuppertalWuppertal
=46601鈥800601鈥800University of KaiserslauternKaiserslautern
=46601鈥800NROtto von Guericke University of MagdeburgMagdeburg
=46601鈥800801鈥1000University of SiegenSiegen
491001鈥12001001鈥1200Ilmenau University of TechnologyIlmenau

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