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Study in Berlin

All the information you need about studying in Berlin as an international student.

Why study in Berlin?

As Germany’s capital city, Berlin is an economic, political and cultural powerhouse. Steeped in history and packed full of outstanding restaurants, galleries, and attractions, Berlin is the perfect place for an unforgettable study abroad experience.

Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe and the city’s extensive transport links, Berlin is ideal for students looking to discover more of the continent during their time abroad.

Universities in Berlin

Berlin is an academic hotspot and is home to one of the world’s most admired educational systems. With almost 40 prestigious universities, technical colleges, and international schools based in the city, you’ll find the right institution for you.

By choosing to study in Berlin, you’ll gain an internationally-respected education and will be part of a lively and fast-growing student population.

What to study in Berlin

When it comes to studying in Berlin, program options really are endless. The city’s war-torn past, historical monuments, and memorial sites make it a fascinating destination for those interested in pursuing history, international relations, or European studies.

Renowned for its thriving art scene, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative research, Berlin is also popular amongst students hoping to study art, international business, engineering, and science.

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Student reviews for Berlin

  • Haoze Lou
    Germany
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    International School of Management (ISM) Business Management
    Tell us about Berlin
    As the capital of Germany, I think Berlin is very safe and convenient. It is well known that Berlin has the best nightlife.
  • Yi Ting Tsai
    Taiwan, Province of China
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    1 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    International School of Management (ISM) Business Management
    Tell us about Berlin
    Berlin is a very foreigner-friendly place. Here you can find almost all kind of restaurants and shops from different countries. People will still help you even you can't speak German well. Here almost everyone can speak good English so there will be no big problem living here. Also since Berlin is the capital, it has very convenient public transportation system, you don't really need a car in order to moving around.
  • Christopher Auber
    United States
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    International School of Management (ISM) International Business
    Tell us about Berlin
    Munich is a great city. I feel safe and like there are a lot of opportunities to grow here.
  • Luis David Padilla Marmolejo
    Mexico
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    International School of Management (ISM) Marketing Management
    Tell us about Berlin
    Berlin is the best city for international students in Germany. It has many things to do and people are open minded, it's super multicultural and everywhere you go people will speak English (in case you don't speak German). A downside can be for people that want to practice their German, because everyone will want to have conversations in English.
    I feel safe at the neighbourhood where I live, and I have plenty of transport links to University. Of course, Berlin is a big city so the average time from point A to B can sometimes be around 30 to 40 minutes.

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How to study in Berlin

Once you’ve decided on the program you want to study and the university you’d like to attend, you need to check that you meet the entry requirements. Some universities might also ask you to take a language test, usually the DSH or TestDaF, to demonstrate your German proficiency.

Most universities in Berlin will have their own online application process that is managed by their international admissions office. There’s also a centralized portal called uni-assist that you can use if you want to apply to several institutions at once. However, not all universities will accept applications through this service.

After you’ve received formal confirmation of your place at a university, you’ll need to apply for a German student visa. The type of visa you’ll need will depend on the length and nature of your studies, as well as your nationality.

Even if you’re from a country exempt from visa requirements, you’ll still need to apply for a residence permit.

Cost to study in Berlin

If you choose to study at one of Berlin’s public institutions, you’ll pay no tuition fees. You’ll only be charged a small fee of around €250 each semester to cover any enrolment and administration costs. Private universities can charge between €5,000 - €25,000 per year for a bachelor’s education, whereas master’s programs can cost up to €40,000 per year.

Berlin is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most affordable cities, so it’s ideally suited for a student budget. You can expect to pay between €300 - €700 each month for a private apartment in the city, but university residence halls are normally much cheaper.

Key facts of Berlin

  • 64/30°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 3.56 million Population
  • 38 Universities
  • Germany Country