The most popular universities for foreign students in Germany

Germany is the top higher education destination among non-English speaking countries. Deutsche Welle recently published the list of the most popular universities for foreign students.

Germany’s 10 most popular universities for foreign students

University of Cologne (10)

University of Cologne

The university in the city that hosts one of Germany’s largest parties, Karneval, comes in tenth place. The relaxed attitude of the locals make it a popular destination with international students as does its proximity to other major European cities – it is a train ride from Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.

Goethe University Frankfurt (9)

Goethe University Frankfurt

The university is named after German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, just in case you were wondering. Frankfurt, which is often called “Mainhattan” because of its skyscrapers, is one of the country’s ethnically diverse cities, and its banking sector offers a lot of opportunities.

University of Duisburg-Essen (8)

University of Duisburg-Essen

With 37,000 students, the University of Duisburg-Essen is one of the largest higher education institutions in Germany. The university is a result of a merger in 2003 by the Universities of Duisburg and Essen. Studying in this region puts students in Germany’s most densely populated region, the Ruhr Valley.

University of Heidelberg (7)

University of Heidelberg

Founded in 1386, it is the oldest university in Germany. Bearing that title makes the university one of the most attractive destinations for foreign students, not to mention the appeal of Heidelberg – a city with one of the most charming and intact old towns in Germany.

Humboldt University Berlin (6)

Humboldt University Berlin

It is one of the oldest universities in Germany. With notable alumni including Otto von Bismarck, Heinrich Heine, Robert Koch and African American activist WEB Dubois, the university also has a great reputation.

Technical University of Berlin (5)

Technical University of Berlin

Berlin isn’t only popular with tourists. Students love it. Apart from being known for its high ranked engineering program, Technical University of Berlin’s location in the German capital is advantageous because it the cost of living is lower than other large western European cities.

RWTH Aachen University (4)

RWTH Aachen University

RWTH Aachen university is located in the city it’s named after, which lies on the German border with Belgium and the Netherlands. As Germany’s largest technical university, RWTH’s motto, “Zukunft denken” (Thinking the future) , also clearly reflects the university’s reputation in the country.

The Munich University of Technology (3)

The Munich University of Technology

The Bavarian capital is also home to another world class institution – the Munich University of Technology. In 2013, just under one in five students were foreign, according to the university’s figures.

Ludwig Maximilian University (2)

Ludwig Maximilian University

Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) is in Munich, which was ranked “the world’s most livable city” by Monocle magazine in 2013. It is one of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious universities – 34 Nobel laureates are associated with LMU.

Free University of Berlin (1)

Free University of Berlin

The Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin) was founded in 1948. Its name is a reference to West Berlin because of its status as part of the “free world” unlike its counterpart in then Soviet-occupied East Berlin, Humboldt University. FU Berlin is among the 11 institutions in the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

All universities in Germany require foreign students to reach a certain German language level before they can study at the university.

The Verbalists Language Network provides the necessary German language courses and a range of other services to help foreign students reach their goal of going to a German university. We have over 25 years of experience in preparing students for university entrance exams.

We provide the following services:

  • Information on the requirements to study in Germany
  • Checking your educational transcripts at Verbalists – for free – to see if they meet German requirements
  • Information on the courses offered in various German universities
  • Processing of your educational transcripts with our partner universities to provide you with the conditional letter of acceptance to the university of choice.
  • Guidance on the requirements for the German visa application process
  • German language courses for University entrance preparation at our schools
  • Accommodation selection

Our team would be happy to help you in every way to reach your goals. Please click here for contact information.


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