If you are considering studying in Germany, you will be glad to learn that it is home to 46 of the 1029 universities listed in the QS World University Rankings® 2021. This year, 12 German institutions are among the top 200 universities in the world.
Faculty/student ratio, Academic and employer reputation, citations per faculty (a measure of research productivity), international faculty ratio, and international student ratio are the six indicators used to rank the universities.
Technische Universität München
The Technische Universität München has reclaimed first place among Germany's leading universities. This year, the university moved up five places to 50th in the world overall and 17th in terms of employer reputation.
The Technische Universität München was created in 1968 with the goal of combining world-class research facilities with unique learning opportunities for students in order to provide long-term value for society.
Ludwig-Maximilians – Universität München
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München was ranked 63rd in the world in 2021 for the second year in a row. It was established in 1472 and now boasts about 50,900 students, with international students accounting for 15% of the student body.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is ranked 36th in the world for academic renown and boasts 42 Nobel laureates among its alumni.
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg has moved up two places in the international rankings this year, to 64th overall and third in Germany.
École Centrale Paris and the Supélec graduate school of engineering merged in 2015 to form CentraleSupélec, which is ranked 138th in the world in 2021. It is a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay, a group of French universities focused on research.
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg is also the country's oldest university, having been established in 1386. It receives a perfect score on the indicators of academic repute and faculty-to-student ratio.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is ranked fourth in Germany for the second year in a row. This year, the university climbed three places in the international university rankings, to 117th, and positions in the top 50 in the academic reputation index.
The university, which is located in Berlin, was founded in 1810 and is known as the "Mother of All Universities." Its teachers, including Albert Einstein, were tied to key achievements in physics and other fields. There have been no fewer than 55 Nobel laureates associated with the university.
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin, which is still in 130th place, has surpassed KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, to take fifth place in Germany in this year's university rankings.
The university is ranked 65th in the world for academic repute and is well-known for its social science programmes, particularly its politics programme, which is now ranked joint 19th in the world.
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, has dropped seven positions to 131st this year. After falling out of the top five in Germany, the school finishes sixth in 2021. KIT receives a high grade for employer reputation, ranking 63rd worldwide.
The university's goal is to contribute significantly to global challenges in energy, mobility, and information, and it does so by preparing its 24,400 students for life after graduation through research-based study.
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
The Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) moves up eight places in this year's world university rankings to 148th overall, with a global employer reputation score of 30th.
RWTH Aachen is Germany's largest technical university, with about 45,600 students and 162 study courses.
Technische Universität Berlin
In our next stop on our list of the top ten universities in Germany, we visit Technische Universität Berlin, which ranks ninth in Germany and 148th globally.
The university performs exceptionally well in terms of employer reputation, ranking 139th in the world. It is also a member of the elite TU9 group, which contains several of Germany's most prestigious technology institutes.
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, which has the highest score in the worldwide faculty ratio index, is ranked joint 175th with Universität Freiburg.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the university is ranked seventh in the world for its theology, divinity, and religious studies programme.
Universität Freiburg is ranked joint 10th in Germany and joint 175th internationally. The university is ranked 147th in the world for academic repute, and 21 Nobel laureates are alumni, faculty, or researchers at the university.
Universität Freiburg is Germany's sixth oldest university, having been founded in 1457. The university now has approximately 24,000 students from over 100 countries.