Where to Study?
Enlarge image University of Göttingen (© dpa - Report) Göttingen, Heidelberg, Marburg, Tübingen: these classic college towns, or Universitätsstädte, are renowned throughout the world for the academic excellence of their respective universities—reputations earned over many centuries. To this day, they attract thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, from throughout Germany and abroad.
But Germany’s higher education landscape today is incredibly vast, with approximately 15,000 courses of study at 400 institutions of higher learning both big and small, public and private, research or trade-oriented, all across the country. How do you even begin to make a decision about where to study? Fortunately, there are a number of online tools—in English—to help you decide.
To get an overview of the geography of German universities—literally, the higher education landscape—visit the helpful guide to the 67 most popular college towns for foreign students on the Study in Germany website. Many of these “college towns,” of course, are actually major cities—like Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich.
While most major universities in Germany are state-funded, in recent years a growing number of private colleges and universities have emerged, many of them international in focus. It’s important to keep in mind that the German educational system as a whole, including higher education, is significantly different from the US. For a guide to the German university system, visit the DAAD webpage Finding the Right University.