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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 9th 

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 2017. Munich this year places ninth, just three places behind capital Berlin.

Located deep in Germany's southernmost region, Bavaria, Munich is the nation’s third-largest city, and its affluence and vibrancy make it a particularly desirable place to live. For many people outside of Germany, Munich is known first and foremost as the beer capital of the world – home to Oktoberfest, one of the world's biggest and booziest parties, which every year draws tourists in their hoards to road-test the local brew.

Of course this is not the reason for Munich’s high score in the QS Best Student Cities index, but the city does score among the highest in the world in the Desirability category, 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 of the top 10 cities, close behind fellow German city Berlin. This is due to the fact that no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate students at public universities in 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® 2016-2017 is Technische Universität München at 60th, followed by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in joint 68th – 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 (60th  in the world)



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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