12 Best Universities in Germany for International Students

More students are coming to Germany to study than ever before, and German universities are reacting by offering more programs in English, diversifying their course offering, instituting new policies to support students from abroad, and internationalizing their campus experience. So, which German universities are best for international students?

Deggendorf Institute of Technology

Deggendorf Institute of Technology offers five English-taught programs at its cozy campus on the border of the Bavarian Forest, and it receives high marks nationally for its engineering and business programs. DIT also makes our list for its community feel and commitment to fostering an international environment in small town Bavaria.

University of Tübingen

The University of Tübingen is on of the classic German universities towns and one of the oldest in Germany. It is also a college town, with students making up one-third of the city's population. For students interested in studying German, Tübingen has one of the top programs in the country.

Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich has been among the most aggressive universities in Germany in changing their programme to fit an internationalizing world. Today, TUM is transitioning all of their graduate programs to English, with 33 fully English-taught programs and dozens more offered in a mixture of English and German.

Free University of Berlin

Founded in 1948, the Free University has since its earliest days held a special place among German universities in the global community. Today, it has one of the best networks of partner universities in the country, with over 400 universities worldwide, including some of the top colleges in the United States.

University of Freiburg

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg has been long recognized as one of the great centers of learning in the German-speaking world. Today, Freiburg is the site of several academic initiatives uniquely appealing to international students, including the University College Freiburg.

Leuphana University Lueneburg

Leuphana University might not be as famous as some of the others on this list, but it makes it thanks to its combination of highly-internationalized programs, including 9 taught in English, and its approach, which requires students to enroll first in a so-called "Leuphana Semester" before they choose which program they want to study in.

Geisenheim University

Geisenheim University is the smallest on this list, but also the most specialized. Do you love wine? Geisenheim is the place to go to learn how to build the vineyard, cultivate the grapes, make the wine, and then sell it. 

Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen

Friedrich Alexander University is a great destination for students interested in technical subjects, and ranks especially high in engineering. It makes our list, though for the quality of its support for international students. FAU has a central advising department for general questions, as well as individual departments dedicated to advising and supporting international students in each of its five academic faculties.

Jacobs University Bremen

Jacobs University in Bremen is the only private research university in Germany, and scores high with students for its small class sizes, hands-on professors, and wide range of academic offerings. It also has among the highest graduation rates in Germany and scores very high in international orientation, with 70% of its student body coming from abroad, and all of its study programs offered in English.

Ruhr University Bochum

Ruhr University Bochum is the fifth largest university in Germany and a member of the Ruhr University Alliance along with the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Technical University of Dortmund. Uni Bochum makes our list because students who enroll here get to take advantage of the course offerings at the combined 50 academics departments at the three universities.

KIT Karlsruhe

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology makes the list for its high number of international students and friendly and open student body. With 15 English-taught academic programs and top ratings for its engineering department, KIT is a great place for the technically-minded to pursue their passions.

WHU School of Management

With some of the top-rated business programs in Germany, including the number 1 ranked English-taught Management M.Sc. program. WMU students also graduate at among the highest rates in Germany, with 96% of bachelor's students and 100% of master's students completing their programs.

University of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz may be young, but its done great things in its 50 years. The university is one of the few to have been recognized three times in the nationwide Excellence Initiative, and has a long tradition of academic innovation in the German-speaking world. And studying within walking distance of Lake Constance is a big plus.

University of Mannheim

The University of Mannheim gets high marks for international student satisfaction, and offers an array of English-taught programs, including the top-ranked MBA in Germany at the Mannheim Business School.