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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 6th

In accordance with Germany’s growing status as an international study destination, the country has not just one but two entries in the top 10 of the QS Best Student Cities, with the latest edition seeing Munich climb three places, overtaking capital city Berlin in the process.

Munich’s improved spot in this year’s ranking was no doubt helped by Munich’s impressive climb in the student view indicator, for which it climbed a whopping 24 spots to now be ranked as the second most popular city with students after Montréal, showing that students are appreciating factors in the city such as affordability, ease of getting around, nightlife and friendliness.

Munich also ranks among the best in the world for desirability, which draws on a broad selection of sources designed to assess quality of life.

Most notably, however, Munich has the second highest score for affordability out of all the top 10 cities, behind Berlin. This is due to the fact no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate students at public universities in the majority of Germany, regardless of nationality. Although living costs tend to be slightly higher in Munich than Berlin, the incentive of free tuition combined with the distinctive Bavarian culture combines to make Munich one of the most appealing study destinations in Western Europe.

As for universities in Munich, the city’s highest entrant in the QS World University Rankings® 2018 is Technische Universität München at 64th, followed by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 66th place – Germany’s top two representatives in the world rankings this year.

Would you choose Munich over Berlin? Tell us why.

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Technische Universität München (64th  in the world)



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

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Hi I am Saeedah, from Bangladesh.I'm a student of business studies.I would like to know is there any university to complete my bachelors degree.

Hi Saeedah, here's a link to our latest rankings by subject for business. You can narrow the results down to show only German universities. 

hii my name is Affan , i want to ask that iam completing my olevels after that i can apply for that university as they are offering prep course in place of Alevel or inter from pakistan plis guid me thanks

I'm student of electronic engineering in Venezuela but my dream is live and study in German.
If someone have information to universities or scholarship in german please send me a message

Hi Maria, for scholarships, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Germany. If you'd like to study electrical engineering in Germany, you can view the latest rankings by subject for electrical engineering here (the results can be narrowed down by country to show only German universities). 

I am reading Electronic and Communication Engineering what sorts of subject can i choose for master degree in Germany

I wana study in burlin

wow, i would like to study in TUM