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General Information

Variety and versatility. The history of many higher education institutions extends back over many centuries. The oldest university in Germany today was founded in Heidelberg in 1386. Up to today German universities have played a leading role in many of the sciences and humanities disciplines. Following the destruction caused by the National Socialist rule and the Second World War, an education and research landscape has evolved in Germany which, particularly since German unification, is more extensive today than it has ever been.

Study opportunities in Germany are vast. In the German higher education system, there are different types of universities. There are more than 100 research based universities and technical universities, 212 practical study oriented universities of applied science (Fachhochschulen), and more than 50 colleges of art, film and music

All higher education institutions are open to students of all nations. Tuition fees at many of the state-maintained institutions are waived by the German government, even for international students.

About 300,000 students at German higher education institutions of a total of more than 2 million come from countries all over the world. All together more than 9200 different degree programmes, almost 1,700 special graduate programmes and around 2,700 doctoral study opportunities are offered in Germany. Of special interest for international students are the hundreds of international degree programmes taught partly or completely in English.

Useful Links

  • Study-in.de: Comprehensive information & database on studying and living in Germany. It also provides a database that lists all the study programmes that are offered at German higher education institutions. 
  • University Ranking: Access this multidimensional university ranking in Germany which is based on a survey involving so far more than 200,000 university students and 15,000 professors.
  • Higher Education Compass: This website provides information on and links to all state or state-recognized higher education institutions in Germany. You can search the databases to find out which course of study in German or English is offered at which institution. Links will get you directly to the home page of that institution. A list of international offices, which you can contact directly, is usually provided.