Mercer, one of the world's largest HR consultancy firms, releases an annual "Quality of Living Index" which ranks cities worldwide by livability. This year, seven of the top 25 were German cities (with five others in Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg), the highest number for any country.
After taking a look at the top of the Mercer Index, we noticed that the cities featured also happened to be great places to study.
Stuttgart is a manufacturing center with great employment opportunities for graduates. The University of Stuttgart boasts automobile-inventor Gottlieb Daimler as an alumnus and continues his tradition by offering some of the best engineering programs in the country.
The second largest city in Germany has long been a hub of trade throughout the region, and today is home to one of the largest and most innovative universities in Germany - the University of Hamburg. Despite its youth as an institution, five Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the university throughout its history.
Berlin is the center of higher education in Germany, with almost 200,000 students at 40 institutions. The three largest (Humboldt, the Free University, and the Technical University) account for around 100,000 of this total, but the wide variety of courses available across the city make Berlin an ideal place to study.
The skyline of Frankfurt makes it a unique sight within Germany, and the banks whose headquarters fill that skyline ensure great employment opportunities after graduation. With nearly 46,000 students, Frankfurt's Goethe University vies for not only the title of largest university in all of Germany but also for most prestigious, with 18 Nobel Prize and 11 Leibniz Prize winners associated with the university.
Many students who come to Dusseldorf say life there is nearly ideal. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, is abuzz with activity all seasons of the year, and is known for deftly combining culture and commerce. Dusseldorf's centrality and transportation links also give students who live there the opportunity to choose from study programs at the state's 69 institutions of higher learning, all of which are within a two-hour train ride.
Although you will be able to work while studying, if you plan to support yourself during your studies it's likely that you'll face some lean months in Germany. Here are some tips to help you stretch your Euros while still living life during your studies.
Germany has a proud tradition of innovation, so it is no surprise that in Reuter's first ranking of innovation in higher education, Germany's universities dominated the list. The ranking of Europe's 100 most innovative universities includes 24 from Germany, seven more than the UK, and by far the most of any country.
A few months ago, a list published by former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims started making the rounds on social media. In it, she expounds on her list of the basic skills everyone should have by age 18. Reading it, I realized that it wasn’t until I started studying in Germany that I gained the skills on the list.
How much does it cost to study in Germany? Usually, when someone asks this, they're talking about the cost of tuition. But the cost of living is another factor that you should consider when deciding which university is right for you.
Most Americans who decide to apply to study in Germany are drawn by the low (or free) tuition, but another part of the system that appeals to many students is the simplified admissions process. If you meet the minimum requirements, you can enroll automatically in many programs. For the others, you need to contend with the NC, or numerus clausus.
As more and more families become aware of the advantages of studying in Germany, students of all ages are starting to add it to their long-term plans. Here are our tips to help you start preparing your child for a future in Germany.