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Berlin for Students 

Germany has been growing steadily in popularity as a study abroad destination, and its capital city is also growing in popularity, up two places this year in the QS Best Student Cities ranking and earning its (rightful) place in the top five! 

While the German capital is not an academic hub on the scale of cities like London, Paris or Boston, three universities in Berlin feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2020. The highest-ranked of these is Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at 117th in the world, closely followed by Freie Universität Berlin at 130th.

Berlin’s growing appeal as an international study destination is also due in part to a greater provision of courses in English, particularly at postgraduate level. With a high quality of living, affordable costs, a liberal atmosphere and a happening party and music scene, the German capital has a huge amount to offer international students of all backgrounds and interests. As if to prove this, Berlin has moved up four places this year in the student view indicator to fourth place.  

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Best Universities in Berlin – QS Best Student Cities Ranking: 5th

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Highest-ranked institution

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (117th in the world)



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Why Study in Berlin?

Unbeatable nightlife

Berlin is world-renowned for its superior nightlife, with music to suit all tastes. It’s home to the legendary techno club Berghain, often described as the hardest club to get into in the world. 

Historical importance

Berlin has been at the center of many historical events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Students can enjoy exploring these historic sites and museums.  

Green space 

The city is one of the greenest in Europe, with multiple parks and open spaces to enjoy year-round, such as the Charlottenburg Palace Gardens. 

Cost of Studying in Berlin

To sweeten the deal even further, all undergraduate degrees (and some postgraduate programs) are free at public universities in Berlin, even for international students.

According to Numbeo, the average estimated monthly living costs for a single person in Berlin (excluding rent) is €798.71 per month, with 1-bedroom apartments costing around €660 to €887 per month (this will of course be cheaper if you live with other students). 

Life and Culture in Berlin

Having flourished into one of the world’s coolest urban hubs – a major center of design, fashion, music and art to rival even New York or London – Berlin offers both unbeatable culture and a hot financial market, making it as perfect for history buffs and art aficionados as it is for budding financiers.

Berlin is a highly international city, with around 21 percent of the population classed as foreign-born, with 15 percent of its students hailing from abroad. This melting pot of cultures means Berlin is a great place to live and work. 

Careers in Berlin

As the capital of Germany, Berlin is, unsurprisingly, a hub for business and careers in Europe. Many major German companies were founded in Berlin, including Siemens, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bank, the latter of which has the highest number of employees in Berlin (around 20,780).

It’s not just established companies that offer employment to graduates in Berlin, however, with the city also known as a startup hub – in 2015, Berlin generated the most venture capital for young startup companies in Europe. 

Students from EU countries can easily live and work in Berlin after graduation, however students from outside these areas (plus Switzerland) will have to apply for a residence permit to pursue a career. You can find out more about extending your study visa, as well as more information on visas in general, here.

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Hello i am from Pakistan.. student of dvm 8 semester .. now i want to continue my higher education from Germany through any scholarships

Hi Wasiq, You can view scholarships to study in Germany here.

hello Im from North Macedonia I want to study undergraduate in Germany in English Language any recommendation?

Hi Albina, you can study a bachelor's degree in English in Germany, but you may need to be quite flexible about your course of study as the options are quite limited. Here's a link to our article on studying in Germany in English for more information. 

I m Amar from India. I want do Engineering after diploma in mechanical engineering in Germany. Hw can i get admission in that universities...... Please can u help me.....

Hi , I'm Ahmed for Egypt .
I would like to get a master's degree from that university in Berlin .
I have Bachelor of Management Information Systems in Egypt .
What should I do to apply for study at this university ?

hi i'm sameer from India, i'm really very interested to study in Germany
currently i'm pursuing my Bachelor's in hotel management course and i've completed 1year but i wants to continue it from Germany
i wanna know is is possible to continue from there and if there's any college to teach for free

Hi,I am an IGCSE student in Egypt, and a waterpolo player i want to know the requirements to apply for university in Germany.

Hi Youssef, please take a look at our article on how to apply to study in Germany, which includes advice on the entry requirements. :) 

Hello. My name is Rogério Mello, I live in Brazil. I'm very interested in studying in Germany, working and contributing to the economy of this country. Actually, I'm Nursing Technician and I'm Physical Education studying at the university. I want to know if I have a chance to study at a university in Berlin only after the university is finished? Or can I take part in an evaluation to attend university in this city?
Thank you very much for your attention.
I look forward to the response with great enthusiasm.
Rogério Mello (Canoas city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil).

Hi , I am Navjot singh from India. Actually I want to learn German language in Germany. How it is possiable?
And one more thing I will tell you about my self I am completed my senior secondary (12th) in 2010 and than after I working in our trading business in India and now I want to our study continue in Germany

Am a science teacher in a catholic boys senior high school in Ghana and have 7yrs teaching experience. I hope a degree in science education, wants to apply for my masters.

I'm Richard, a Nigerian. Please I want to know the best school in Germany to apply to study law or international relations. Thanks.

Hi Richard, please take a look at our latest rankings by subject for international relations and law - you can narrow the results down to show only German universities and can use our compare function to help you decide between universities. :)

Hi Sabrina, I was wondering whether German universities provide international students the opportunity to study for their masters free anywhere around Germany?

many thanks,


Hey. I am Robin from China. I want to know if germany accept vacational shool graduated students. Thanks so much

Hello my name is Adnan, from Somalia. I live in Berlin and I want to know if there is a place where I can do a secondary leaving Test because I can't reach my certificate now?

I everyone, i am looking for an undergraduate course in fashion design in Germany. Please help me find some best choices which can provide me a good level of study at a low price. Thank-you.

Hi Kiranjeet, you can study your bachelor's degree for free at any public university in Germany. You could use the Study-in.de's website to search for the right program for you. :)

hallo everyone! i am a undergraduate student in Nigeria, i need more Information and how more help to get to berlin

Hi Adekunle, please take a look at our complete guide on how to study abroad in Germany - this should help to get you started. :)

Thank You! This site is really helpful!

Hi everyone! I am a student in South Korea majoring computer engineering as a freshaman student here. I really want to transfer my studies to one of the universities in Berlin(Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin) so I need your help. Can I transfer and continue as asophomore? if yes how? I hopefully wait your response!
Thanks )

Hi Nozim, I'd recommend contacting those universities and/or browsing their official websites for information on if they accept transfer students. 

Thank You Sabrina :-)

hey author,
I think I have seen that avg tuition fees for berline is 0$..!! does this mean it is free to study there? and also is it a good place to get a masters degree in electrical engineering from there being an indian resident (with scholarship)?
hope u'll answer soon

Hi Abdul, I'm afraid this average tuition fee is for undergraduate level only, and you will usually need to pay tuition fees to study at masters' level in Germany. We have a range of scholarships to study in Germany here (and scholarships for Indian students here), and you can find out the top German universities for your subject here. To find out more about studying at masters level in Germany, please read this article. Hope this helps! 

buen dia!quisiera saber como puedo hacer para estudiar en ALemania una maestria acabo de titularme en Produccion audiovisual. me gustaria estudiar una maestria que complemente y me enriquezca mas mis conocimientos. Berlin me encanta para estudiar podrian darme mas información. gracias!!

Olah, Nancy! You can find a lot of information about studying abroad in Germany on our Study in Germany FAQ, and the DAAD is also a helpful resource for finding potential programs to study. We also have an article specifically about master's programs in Germany. For information about funding and fees see this article and for available scholarships see here. Good luck! Laura

Dear madam, i am planning to study masters program in Germany in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.Could please tell me which is the best university to study over there and also which is the best city to study over there.
i heard about the preparatory course in Mira Pvt Institute,Berlin,Germany if i study that program means that program is useful for me or not. And that program is compulsory to study in 0% tuition fee universities it's true or not mam..could you please clear my doubts madam.....

Hi Aravind, we have a ranking of top universities in Germany for electrical and electronic engineering which will show you a list of all the top universities in your field. This article will also tell you where these universities are located. The Mira Pvt Institute is not ranked by QS but that is not to say you shouldn't undertake a prep course there. You should be aware however that if you have not studied in the country before, it is likely you wil have to pay tuition fees for your master's degree. Please see our Study in Germany FAQ for more general information. Laura

I am doing the British curriculum the A levels and I am currently in year 12 doing the AS level. My subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Arabic. I want to study medicine in Germany. Can I apply now or do I have to do year 13 to achieve the full A levels? What are the entry requirements?

Hi Saleh, in most cases universities in Germany require applicants to have completed their A levels before undertaking a degree. If you are interested in a particular university, you can contact them directly for exact information on entry requirements. To find the top universities in Germany for medicine, visit our latest subject rankings. Thanks! Laura


Hi Adewumi, the answer hopefully is 'easily!' To get started, take a look at our Study in Germany FAQ and if there's anything we haven't answered, please let us know in the comments. As for finding universities in Berlin, I'd advise looking at this article. Thanks, Laura


how do i get a scholarship to do my master in Germany? Double master program a scholarship covering all my expenses.

Hi Martin, you can look here for a range of German scholarships (for all degree levels) - https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/scholarship-advice/scholarships-study-germany - or, alternatively, you could find a German university you'd like to study at first - https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2014#sorting=rank+region=+country=162+faculty=+stars=false+search= - and then visit their own website to see if they offer any funding to students. If you have any queries about programs, contact the university directly. Good luck! Laura