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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:

  • 4 Universities
  • 7 Universities of applied science
  • 4 art colleges + instututes (including UdK)
  • 23 state-recognized private universities and colleges and
  • 70 non-university research institutes

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.


Science in Berlin is tops internationally

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)


Cost of living is inexpensive

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.
There is neither tuition nor a tuition-type fee for long-term students in Berlin. The semester fees that students pay cover a public transportation ticket and costs for the student social services office.

A global comparison by the international real estate service provider Savills shows that Berlin is the cheapest metropolis in the ranking of the cost of living for international students. An international student in the German capital can expect to spend around 905 euros on living, accommodation and tuition. The most expensive city of those investigated in the study is Boston at nearly 5,000 euros, followed by New York City and San Francisco. With monthly costs of around 3,600 euros, London is in sixth place:

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