10   Prestigious Universities in Germany


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Germany has some of the best universities in the world. We take a look at ten German Universities which offer some of the best courses, and has some of the most interesting alumni! Fun fact is, all public universities in Germany offer tuition for free for German, European Union and even international students, and in some cases, highly subsidized fees!

And now in no particular order or ranking, here are 10 prestigious universities in Deutschland! 

1. Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

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The Ludwig-Maximilian University was once known as the Ingolstadt University. It was established in 1472, making it one of the oldest and began with only four faculties, Faculty of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Philosophy. Interestingly, it did not have any female students until 1903! 

Max Weber is one of the most notable alumni in the university which now has a student population of about 51,000 students admitted in its diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate studies; and over 7,000 staff members. The school specializes in Psychology, Management, Business, and Physics. 

2. Technical University of Munich 

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Located in the beautiful Munich, is the Technical University of Munich, has about 40, 000 students and a quarter of those being international students taught in its 15 departments. The courses taught here include- Chemistry, Physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and informatics The research university has three campuses in Munich, Garching, and Freising-Weihenstephan. It is one of the first universities to be named the University of Excellence and has very strong links with other universities and research institutions across the world. 

The university boasts of famous alumni; Nobel Prize winners and others who have won prestigious awards. The university offers courses in German but in English as well. 

3. Heidelberg University 

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Heidelberg University holds a rich history, being the oldest university in Germany, and also the oldest surviving university in the region. It was built in 1386, by the word of Pope Urban VI, and had four faculties- Theology, Jurisprudence, medicine, and philosophy. A few years later, the university added Natural Sciences and Astronomy were added to the programs at the Heidelberg University. The university now has 12 faculties- Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Modern Languages, Medicine, Biosciences, and Law. 

The university has alumni who have done amazing world including five of Germany’s Chancellors, Helmut Kohl, Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, and Robert Schumann among others. Over 29,000 students are registered at the university.

4. Humboldt University- Berlin

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Karl Max and Friedrich Engels went to Humboldt University. The university was established by Wilhelm von Humboldt, to whom the university is named after, in 1811, and at that time, was known as Universität Zu Berlin. The university has over 32, 000 students with many of them being from outside Germany. The former University of Berlin has produced 29 Nobel Laureates and is best known in humanities and arts.  

The university is best known for its leadership in sustainability, natural resources, science, mathematics, engineering, and sciences programs. The studies are majorly free, and some international relations programs are taught English which makes it easy for students from all over the world to study at the university. 

5. University of Freiburg

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This university was established by the Austria Hapsburg Dynasty back in 1457 and is the fifth oldest university in Germany. Max Weber and Konrad Adenauer are just some of the few former students of the University of Freiburg. It has had its strength in teaching humanities and social sciences.

Some of the most notable courses offered at the university include; engineering & technology, physics, chemistry, social sciences & management, natural sciences, life sciences, and medicine. The tuition fee is relatively low and apart from the on-campus courses, the university also offers online courses. The university has almost 30, 000 students. 

6. Free University of Berlin

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Also known as Freier Universitat, the Free University of Berlin was established in 1948, at the height of the Cold War, since Humboldt University was located in the Soviet side of Berlin. This is one of the newest universities in Germany. The main campus offers courses in history, Business, Law, Humanities, Political Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and Social Science. It offers 73 undergraduate courses and more than 160 postgraduate courses!

The university has four campuses in Germany, and offices in various cities in the world- New York, Beijing, Brussels, Moscow Cairo, New Delhi, and Sao Paulo. Some of the alumni have won Nobel Peace Prizes in various fields.

7. Technical University of Berlin

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If you are enthusiastic about engineering, mathematics, and chemistry, then the Technical University of Berlin is the university for you! The university was established around 1770 and now has a student population of about 34, 000 with a good number being foreign students. Technische Universität Berlin as it is known in German is one of the best technical universities in Germany. 

The university has 100 study programs, and 40 research institutions, and is best known for its engineering programs, economics & Management, human sciences, management, planning, computer science, and mechanical engineering. The university has two other campuses in Berlin and has a satellite campus in Egypt. 

8. The University of Bonn

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The University of Bonn, best known for mathematics, astronomy, physics, economics, philosophy, and bio-sciences, was opened in 1818, by Frederick William III. It is known for its extensive research in these fields. The university, which is located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, offers its tuition for free, the only fee the students pay is administration fees, which caters for transport fee as well! 

The more than 200-year-old university now has a student population of just about 36, 000 students, and Karl Max is one of the famous people who took some courses at the university.

9. University of Tübingen

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The University of Tübingen is very well known for its Theology and Religion courses; it is also known as a public research university. It is also known as the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. 

The university has partnerships with many institutions around the world including the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan. The university was established in 1477 and was supported by the first Count Eberhard of Württemberg. The university’s location is in a boat riding town with beautiful architecture.

There are 280 courses to choose from in the university which also has 14 schools in its undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university also gets funding from the German Government to fund research in nanotechnology, physics, and neuroscience. 

10. RWTH Aachen University

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The RWTH Aachen University was established in 1870. The university is divided into two areas: Newtown and Melaten; the institution lies on 620 acres of land and has over 45, 000 students and about 6, 000 staff members. 

There are nine faculties in the school: Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Civil Engineering, Business & Economics, Mathematics & Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, and Medicine. The university offers these courses in its degree, Masters and Ph.D. programs. One notable alumnus of the school is the third president of Indonesia, BJ Habibie, among many others.