Facts and figures on Germany’s higher education system
How is studying in Germany?
The higher education system in Germany offers excellent opportunities and globally recognized qualifications. For German people and international students alike, the majority of courses are free of charge at public universities in Germany. It is even possible to study at home for some courses.
More than 13% of all students in Germany come from other countries to attend courses at universities and colleges. This makes Germany the fourth most popular country for international students in the world. There are around 400 higher education institutes in 180 locations around the country.
In 2018, Germany had 10 universities in the top 100 ranking in the world and has several featured in the top 20 of Europe. There are over 1,500 university courses available that are taught in English, including bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, PhDs and doctorates. There are also short courses and language courses on offer.
The grading system in German universities works on a scale of 1.0 - 5.0, with 1 being the highest or sehr gut. Visit our page on the German University System for more information on the education system.