More than 10% of the student population of Humboldt University, one of the oldest universities in Berlin, consists of international students. It ranked 99th in the world in 2012-13 in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Humboldt is a hardcore research university with opportunities to work with world renowned faculty in fields such as the history of science, quantitative economics, and climate and sustainability research. Students interested in scientific research are highly encouraged to apply.
Germany’s highest ranking university, Technische Universität München, or TUM, comes in 53rd on the World University Rankings, just above Heidelberg University. It excels in the more technical disciplines, like engineering. The university host some 5,000 international students, making up about 16% of its student population. Because of the university’s strength in research and engineering, it has partnerships with a number of prestigious universities, including U.S. schools such as MIT, Stanford, Cornell, and Georgia Tech. The university also has strong partnerships across Europe and Asia.
A top-ranking research university and the largest of four research universities in Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin expects one-third of its student population to consist of overseas students in the future. The university ranked 87th on the QS World University Rankings last year, and it is particularly strong in arts and humanities and social sciences. The university has branch offices in the United States, Belgium, Russia, China, Egypt, and India, allowing it to form strong partnerships with many universities and better serve students from those countries.