The demand for an education from one of Berlin's universities remains just as high as ever: Around 175,000 students elected to attend a university in Berlin in Winter Semester 2015/2016.
Berlin boasts one of Europe’s largest and most diverse higher education landscapes:
In 2015 roughly 32.000 students come from abroad, which are about 18 percent of all students in Berlin. Most foreign students came from China, Russia und the USA. There are many cooperative projects with partner universities from around the world and interdisciplinary networks support the international exchange in research and science. Berlin annually invests some 1.5 billion EUR in its institutes of higher education and for even better instruction.
In international rankings, Berlin’s science continually reaches the top. The FU made it to the top 100 of the “Times Higher Education,” the British academic magazine’s influential ranking. And Berlin won a top slot in the German Research Association’s (DFG) subsidy ranking. The university ranking by the British agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) named the capital to one of the most popular study locations world wide.
(Source: Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg, 2012)
Berlin is affordable compared to other German and European cities. Rent, food and recreation in particular cost less in Berlin than in other large cities.