Top universities in Germany
There are over 400 universities in this country. How can you keep track of them all? With our guide to the top universities in Germany for the most popular fields of study: computer science, business administration, law, medicine, psychology and social work!
The best universities for computer science
For computer science, RWTH (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) Aachen has excelled. It is considered an elite university beyond the borders of Germany. Students particularly praise the freedom to shape their studies through elective courses and the good technical equipment.
- Famous graduates: Jürgen von der Lippe, Inga Humpe, Karl Lauterbach
Another popular address for computer science studies is the University of Bonn. With majors such as Autonomous Intelligent Systems, Algorithmics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc., it offers a highly modern course of study.
According to the students, the course itself teaches them how to work efficiently and solve problems in a structured way. In addition, students are introduced to programming at an early stage, and overall, computer science in Bonn is very well positioned.
- Famous graduates: Andrea Nahles, Markus Gabriel, Frederik Pleitgen
Aalen University has made it to the top as a top university of applied sciences. In the Department of Computer Science, the high level of helpfulness of the lecturers is praised above all, even when questions arise outside of the lecture. Students also appreciate the compilation of electives according to their own interests, as well as the opportunity to work with modern technology such as VR goggles.
- Famous graduates: Marc Friedrich, Andrea Rögner, Moritz Böhringer
The best universities for business administration
In the field of business administration, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) leads the university ranking; the Technology and Management-Oriented Business Administration (TUM-BWL) degree program enjoys great popularity with a recommendation rate of 94%.
One student writes that she was taught very broad yet detailed knowledge in this degree program. Another student emphasizes that all study material can be conveniently accessed online.
- Famous graduates: Konrad Bloch, Heinrich Hertz, Samantha Cristoforetti
The RPTU Kaiserslautern (Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau) is also considered outstanding. It is a merger of the TU Kaiserslautern and the Landau campus of the University of Koblenz-Landau, and is located near the Palatinate Forest, the largest contiguous forest area in Germany.
According to evaluations, the business studies program is well organized, broadly diversified and provides a good overall view. In addition to the core topics, the seminars also teach scientific work well.
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- Famous graduates: Christoph Garth, Maryna Viazovska, Reem Alabali-Radovan
As with the Department of Computer Science, Aalen University of Applied Sciences again leads the ranking of universities of applied sciences. The courses on offer are Business Administration for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (B.A.) and International Business Administration (B.A.).
Students at Aalen University like the friendly professors, the commitment to teaching content and the clear way in which the lectures are presented. The university is digitally well positioned, so the scripts of the predominantly English-language lectures are available online.
- Famous graduates: Marc Friedrich, Andrea Rögner, Moritz Böhringer
The best universities for law/legal studies
According to the ranking, the University of Bayreuth fulfills the best prerequisites for studying law. The top university is committed to the topic of sustainability and, according to its self-image, conducts top-level research; in addition, it is one of the largest employers in the region.
Law studies are described as demanding but very fair. The lecturers are very pleasant and thanks to the good transport links via the Bayreuth Nord freeway exit, it is easy to get to the lecture on time even when there is a lot of traffic.
- Famous graduates: Auma Obama, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Nina Buchmann
Second place goes to the FU Berlin, one of the best-known and largest universities in Germany. It also has historical relevance, being considered the nucleus of the student protests in 1968.
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When studying law, one student praises the coherent structure of individual modules according to template as well as the many libraries on campus. Another student describes the choice of her studies at Freie Universität as the best decision. Furthermore, several students note the competence of the lecturers.
- Famous graduates: Rudi Dutschke, Elke Heidenreich, Farin Urlaub
The best universities for medicine
The front-runner in medical studies is Heidelberg University, which sees itself as a research university with international appeal.
According to one student, studying here is super exciting and, via the HeiCuMed model, unique for Germany. This is a reformed curriculum, the Heidelberg Curriculum Medicinale, with year-round teaching and an excellent reputation. Students continue to praise the university’s good facilities, saying that medical education is of the highest standard.
- Famous graduates: Max Weber, Mileva Marić, Erich Fromm
Second place goes to the University of Lübeck. Founded in 1964 as a medical academy in the far north, it continued to develop until it finally achieved university status in 2002.
The University of Lübeck is science-oriented, offering courses in medical nutritional sciences, medical informatics and human medicine, among others. According to the students, preclinical studies are very well organized, there is a family atmosphere on campus, and the Institute of Anatomy is described as ingenious. There is also a lot of practical laboratory work.
- Famous graduates: Johannes Wimmer, Matthias Marquardt, Andrea B. Maier
Leipzig University also ranks high in the popularity rankings. Founded as early as 1409, it is one of the country’s leading medical universities. The ambitious, thoughtful research program, also known as “The Leipzig Way,” inspires and fascinates tens of thousands of students from all over the world. In addition, Leipzig is a real boomtown with other hip universities such as the Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur (HTWK).
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- Famous graduates: Richard Wagner, Angela Merkel, Novalis
The best universities for psychology
When it comes to psychology studies, the University of Bamberg is right at the top of the rankings. It was founded in the 17th century and is therefore one of the oldest universities in Europe. With over 100 degree programs, the university places great value on personal support and excellent teaching.
All this in a cosmopolitan city teeming with beer pubs. What is emphasized about the study program is that the professors are highly committed and the courses are very interesting. In addition, the program is evaluated every semester to improve the quality of teaching.
- Famous graduates: Brigitte Mohn, Lothar Schmid, Henrike Lähnemann
Second place in the ranking goes to Ruhr-Uni-Bochum, which is also the city’s largest employer. It offers degree programs for over 42,600 students at 21 faculties.
The top priorities at the RUB are the networking of research and interdisciplinary cooperation. This is also confirmed by the students, who emphasize the good communication, exciting course content and the high level of self-motivation provided by friendly, courteous lecturers.
- Famous graduates: Melanie Raabe, Norbert Lammert, Jamiri
Studying psychology at the Humboldt University Berlin is also extremely popular. The HU Berlin regularly occupies leading positions in study rankings, and there is an ideal connection to our apartment building in Berlin. It only takes 20 minutes to get to the HU campus by bike, or you can quickly take the subway.
Students enjoy the conditions at the university, they write in their evaluations about the very good library, the profound way of studying and about lecturers who put their heart and soul into their work.
- Famous graduates: Max Planck, Georg Simmel, Karen Horney
The best universities for social work
The ZEIT ranking does not divide social work studies into universities of applied sciences, but into bachelor’s/master’s programs.
First place for the bachelor’s program goes to Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. It is a technical university that has committed itself to four quality promises: quality in terms of content and didactics, as well as the quality of supervision and pre-vocational quality with practical relevance.
The fairly new dual degree program is well received, and a lot of work is being put into improving it. Things are constantly being improved and the teachers are super nice and competent.
- Famous graduates: Rupert Stadler, Bine Brändle, Martin Eder
For a master’s degree program in social work, EVHS Freiburg stood out in the ranking. The state-recognized university with church sponsorship is located in the heart of a wine region with a beautiful landscape.
The university is comparatively small, which favors a family-like study atmosphere. The university itself describes the master’s program in social work as research-oriented, innovative and application-based. Students praise the variety of seminar topics as well as the program directors, who are demanding but also empathetic and helpful.
- Famous graduates: unknown
The TH Nuremberg also has good ratings, both for its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in social work. The TH was and is repeatedly represented in top positions in university rankings. For good reason: The course of study is practice-oriented, and the TH is considered the most research-active university in Bavaria with an international orientation.
According to the students, many current topics are covered, and one can learn a lot from the lecturers. The good location is also highlighted; among other things, there is a Staytoo apartment building just 8 minutes away by bike.
- Famous graduates: Thorsten Glauber, Andreas Schwarz, Oskar Vierling
Discover more universities in the university ranking
Would you like to discover even more universities in the above-mentioned or other subject areas? Then take a look at the complete ZEIT ranking, which we used as a basis for this article!
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