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Study in Berlin

By Aisha Khan

Updated September 11, 2023 Updated September 11, 2023

Berlin for students

Germany has been growing steadily in popularity as a study abroad destination, and in this year's QS Best Student Cities 2024 ranking, its capital Berlin, earns its place in the top 10.

Berlin’s growing appeal as an international study destination is also partly due to having a large number of courses in English, particularly at postgraduate level.

While the German capital is not an academic hub on the scale of cities like LondonParis or Boston, three universities in Berlin feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2024. The highest-ranked of these is Freie Universitäet Berlin, ranking 98th in the world. 

Is Berlin your ideal student city? Tell us why.

Best universities in Berlin - QS Best Student Cities ranking: =8th

World ranking Institution
98th Freie Universitäet Berlin
120th Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
=154th Technische Universität Berlin

More about Berlin

Three of Berlin's universities feature in the most recent QS World Universities, including Freie Universitäet Berlin in 98th globally. This year, Berlin earns its highest score in the student view indicator, ranking in first place.

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Freie Universitäet Berlin (98th in the world)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Berlin?

Student diversity

20 percent of the students in Berlin come from outside Germany, meaning it's easy to make friends from all around the world.


All undergraduate fees are free at public universities in Germany for both domestic and international students. 

High quality of living

Berlin is known for its high quality of living, with affordable housing and travel and excellent healthcare.

Good job prospects 

Graduates enjoy great job prospects as international firms want to hire graduates from German universities. 

Cost of studying in Berlin

Berlin ranks 61st for affordability this year. All undergraduate degrees (and some postgraduate programmes) are free at public universities in Germany, even for international students.

Life and culture in Berlin 

Having flourished into one of the world’s coolest urban hubs – a major centre 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 ranks first in the student view indicator. 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.

Careers in Berlin 

Students from countries outside the EU and EEA who hold a residence permit can extend it for another 18 months after graduating while they search for a job in Germany. 

Job prospects are good for graduates in Berlin. The most in demand roles are health care practitioners, engineers and IT specialists. For this reason, Berlin ranks 23rd for employer activity.

This article was originally published in November 2014 . It was last updated in September 2023

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