No other city represents 20th century history like Berlin. Today, Germany’s capital is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with lots to offer. Find out why Berlin is worth a look as a study destination.
With roughly 3.4 million inhabitants, Berlin is Germany’s largest and Europe’s second largest city. It is home to a large student population: About 150,000 made the choice to study in Berlin, of which 15% are from abroad.
If you want to study in Berlin, you can choose from hundreds of Bachelor and Master programs at almost 40 universities and colleges. The three largest universities are the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University and the Technical University of Berlin. Each of them have slightly over 30,000 students.
Many new private colleges and universities were established during recent years, some of which quickly gained a good reputation for their high academic standards. Examples include the Hertie School of Governance, specialising in public policy, and Catalyst Berlin, known as one of the most iconic Creative Arts & Technology Institutes.
The ravages of war and occupation in the 20th century hindered Berlin’s economic development. There is no particular industry that stands out, and unemployment still remains high. But the reasonably low cost of living in this otherwise very attractive city have turned Berlin into one of Europe’s hot spots for startups. Many successful software and internet companies were founded here, for instance SoundCloud or Zalando. Such young companies often have jobs for international graduates who want to stay in the city after having finished their degrees.
Berlin offers value for money like no other Western European capital. The standard of living is very high, while at the same time, Berlin is considerably cheaper than most other large cities. Not to mention that most Bachelor and Master degrees at the public universities do not cost any tuition - only a minor fee for administration for which you will receive a public transport ticket, too.
Berlin’s cultural and entertainment offerings are unparalleled. You will find countless museums and art galleries and a wide range of concerts of all genres. The city’s nightlife rightfully earned its wild reputation, and there are almost always big international events taking place somewhere in town.
The capital of Germany is truly well-connected. Its airport Berlin Brandenburg with 3 terminals is expected to become one of the busiest and most important hubs, not only in Europe but worldwide. Between 65,000 and 75,000 passengers are currently taking off and landing at BER Airport every day.
Berlin’s public transportation system - with its network of subway, metro trains and buses - is also highly efficient. Due to the large extension of this city, the buses and trains operate regularly and are also well-known for their fast and effective services. With a high-speed train, it only takes about 1.5 hours to get to Hamburg and 4 hours to reach Prague.