Ranked joint 186th in the world this year with the US’ Case Western Reserve University, Universität Freiburg is one of the oldest and best universities in Germany, established in 1457. It now has over 24,400 students including many internationals.
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen is ranked 168th in the world in 2019 and is particularly well regarded for its education and research in the fields of medicine, law, and theology and religion.
Heading to the capital, Technische Universität Berlin is ranked 147th in the world this year and is known for its engineering programs, with particular prestige in the fields of mechanical engineering and engineering management.
Germany’s largest technical university, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen is ranked 144th in the world in 2019, with a very high score for its reputation with graduate employers (one of the six indicators used to compile the ranking).
Ranked 130th in the world this year, Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 and therefore celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. It’s one of the eleven elite German universities in the German Universities Excellence Initiative.
Berlin’s highest-ranked institution continues to be Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which is ranked 121st in the world and is considered particularly prestigious for arts and humanities subjects, achieving 24th place for this in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Ranked 116th in the world this year, KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie is a leading university for engineering and the natural sciences. It earns scores in the top 100 for its reputation with employers and research impact (citations per faculty member).
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg is up four places to rank 64th in the world in 2019 and continues to be third among the best universities in Germany. It’s also the country’s oldest, having been founded in 1386.
Also up four places this year is Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München (LMU), now ranked 62nd in the world (just one spot behind TUM). Established in 1472, LMU has been associated with 42 Nobel Laureates, including Thomas Mann.
Technische Universität München (TUM) continues to claim the number one spot among the top German universities, going up three places to rank 61st in the world in 2019. TUM celebrates its 150th anniversary this year and is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, with strong connections to employers and scientific institutes worldwide.