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4. Germany

Germany is a top student destination with over 357,000 international students enrolled in 2019. Germany's universities are among the best in the world and are surprisingly affordable. At a time when the costs to attend a top university are escalating out of control, Germany is the only top study destination in the world whose universities charge no tuition fees. Since October 2014, a German law was passed so that all international students attending a public university in Germany are free from paying normal tuition fees. Foreign students will only have to pay few administrative costs like student contribution, student union fee and a public transport ticket which account to around €250 per semester altogether. German universities are global leaders in science, mathematics, engineering, medicine and pharmacy, and offer world class degrees in most other subjects. International students can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week or 120 full days of a year. It is estimated that more than 60% of current international students work part-time while studying in Germany.

Assorted Top Public Institutions

NameLocationStudents / Int'l
Technical University of MunichMunich, Bavaria39,759 / 11,364
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunich, Bavaria35,041 / 5,496
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergHeidelberg, Baden-Württemberg20,020 / 3,454
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlin33,681 / 5,020
KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg24,458 / 5,403
Freie Universitaet BerlinBerlin34,425 / 6,359
RWTH Aachen UniversityAachen, North Rhine-Westphalia45,256 / 10,455
Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)Berlin22,505 / 5,384
Eberhard Karls Universität TübingenTübingen, Baden-Württemberg28,042 / 4,002
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet FreiburgFreiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg21,805 / 3,973
Technische Universität DresdenDresden, Saxony31,795 / 4,967
University of GöttingenGöttingen, Lower Saxony30,773 / 3,931
Universität HamburgHamburg30,664 / 3,565
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität BonnBonn, North Rhine-Westphalia37,564 / 4,777
Technical University of DarmstadtDarmstadt, Hesse17,668 / 3,935
Universität StuttgartStuttgart, Baden-Württemberg26,143 / 5,569
Goethe-University Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt, Hesse46,469 / 6,792
University of CologneCologne, North Rhine-Westphalia38,843 / 6,091
Universität MannheimMannheim, Baden-Württemberg9,839 / 1,290
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangen, Bavaria35,419 / 4,410

Assorted Top Private Institutions

NameLocationStudents / Int'l
Charité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlin6500/ -
Frankfurt School of Finance and ManagementFrankfurt, Hesse750 / -
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of ManagementVallendar, Rhineland-Palatinate1,500 / -
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