Elite Uni Profiles

Promoting top-level research and university education is a high priority in Germany.

RWTH Aachen

Internationally renowned for technological research in science and engineering, the RWTH’s partnerships with many international universities and research centers make it a popular choice for international students. The RWTH counts many illustrious alumni and lecturers, including Peter Debye, 1936 winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry; Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, former president of Indonesia; Ulla Schmidt, Germany’s federal minister of health, and Mario Theissen, motor sports boss of BMW.


Freie Universität Berlin

The Freie Universität Berlin is a fairly new university, but one with an unusual history: Concerned students and professors founded the Freie Universität in the western sector of Berlin on December 4, 1948 with support from local politicians and American occupation forces after students had been denied the right to attend Universität Unter den Linden in East Berlin for political reasons. Today the university is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Germany.

HU Berlin

Humboldt is Berlin’s oldest university and also one of Germany’s largest.  Humboldt’s interdisciplinary school, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, was recently named in the country’s excellence initiative. In partnership with Free University, Humboldt also boasts a respected medicine school at the globally renowned Charité Hospital in Berlin.

Universität Bremen

The Universität Bremen offers a wide range of subjects, many of which have been adapted into international English language programs. Departments include history and political science, engineering, neurological, and cognition sciences, not to mention the Research Center Ocean Margins—and all have been successful in attracting millions in third-party funding.

TU Dresden

TU Dresden  is not just the city’s best schools, but one among the best-known in Germany, and the only eastern German university recognized as part of the government’s excellence initiative. Most known for its engineering—both mechanical and electrical—the university is also building up a formidable computer science department and benefiting from the proximity to major chip manufacturers like Infineon and AMD.



Located in the north of Baden-Württenberg, the University of Heidelberg has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of Germany’s top universities.
Although its focus on humanities has been a key area since its founding (1386) , the university also enjoys great success in the sciences and medicine –reflected in the two graduate schools that will receive funding as part of the initiative.  The Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, which focuses on researching developments taking place in the life sciences and the resulting potential for medical and biotechnological applications and the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences.


Universität zu Köln

This traditional campus institution is located on the fringes of the city among the lawns of the green belt.  The University of Cologne—together with the University of Bonn—forms part of a graduate school in physics and astronomy. The university also has close ties to industry—both regional and international. A career center helps students get started and the OFW congress, a professional symposium, attracts luminaries such as Bill Gates.


Seminars and sailing – they almost go hand in hand at the University of Konstanz, as the university is situated at the Bodensee lake nestled in the country-triangle of Germany-Austria-Switzerland. Despite being relatively small, it is one of Europe’s top universities –confirmed by its “Elite University” status. Students have the choice between more than 40 subjects in science, economics, politics and the humanities


LMU Munich

LMU Munich offers over 150 programs of study in the humanities and natural sciences, and students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of exclusive study courses. Both the list of professors and alumni reads like a who’s who of academia, business, and culture.


TU Munich

TU München boasts its own list of Nobel Laureates, most of whom won in the fields of Chemistry or Physics.  With the university not having one central campus, the students attend its courses in technical and natural science related subjects at locations throughout the city. Such a dispersal of facilities provides a great contrast in study settings;


Founded in 1477, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is one of Germany's oldest and best schools, attracting students to its internationally renowned programs in medicine, the natural sciences and the humanities. Innovation is a tradition here: In 1863, it became the first German university to establish a faculty of natural sciences.