Institutions of higher education in Berlin

Higher education landscape

Berlin has one of the largest and most diverse science landscapes in Europe. Flagships of the science location are the four major universities:

The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) has been funded by the federal and state governments as an excellence alliance within the framework of the excellence strategy since 2019. A panel of experts, largely made up of the German Science Council and the German Research Foundation (DFG), selected the Berlin University Association. This includes the Technische Universität Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The interdisciplinary research projects of the network will be funded with up to ten million euros per project annually until 2026.

(Source: Berlin University Alliance)

In addition to the four universities, in the Berlin higher education landscape there are:

  • 5 state universities of applied sciences (including two denominational universities of applied sciences)
  • 25 state-recognized private universities
  • 4 colleges or institutes of art

International orientation

The capital's science and research landscape is distinguished by a cosmopolitan and international outlook:

  • International, world-class scientists teach and conduct research at Berlin's universities
  • Over 21% of students in Berlin come from abroad
  • More than 400 university partnerships and collaborative projects are in place with international partners
  • As an international network university, Freie Universität Berlin operates five liaison offices worldwide

Academic life in Berlin by numbers

  • 54,034 employees in total
  • 33,329 scientific and artistic staff
  • 3,805 full-time professors
  • 202,224 students (WS 2021/22)
  • 29,306 graduates passed final exams

(Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Office of Statistics 2021 - data refer to 2020)