Berlin probably got its name from the west Slavic word ‘berlo’, meaning swamp. Since the first part ‘ber’ sounds like the German word for ‘Bär’ (bear), the coat of arms shows a bear.
Berlin is the most populous city in Germany – averaging about 3.7 million residents and covers some 344 square miles (892 km2). It is the second most populous city in the European Union after London (UK). If a large and multicultural city sounds exciting, then Berlin might be the perfect study abroad destination for you.
There are about 50 colleges and universities in or near the Berlin area. To explore some of Berlin’s colleges and universities, click on the university names below, or visit our ‘Study in Germany’ page.
German is the main language of instruction in Germany. Students interested in studying in Berlin, Germany will need to be able to show proof of German proficiency, in most of the cases. To receive a German language certificate students will have to take a language test, like the TestDaF or DSH. The TestDaF is offered in over 90 countries, while the DSH (German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreign Applicants) can only be taken in Germany. If you’re considering enroling in an international degree programme (in English), you won’t need to take the TestDaf or DSH tests. Nevertheless, learning German is recommended to improve your German language skills for everyday life. Students interested in an international degree programme offered in English will need to show proof of English proficiency (native English speakers will need to show proof of country their country of origin, e.g. Passport). To receive an English language certificate like the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), four parts of the language are tested, including: reading, listening, speaking and writing. For more information on IELTS, or TOEFL, click here.
Berlin is like no other European Capital and offers many opportunities. Aside from the many possibilities of universities/ colleges and their study programmes, Berlin offers an exciting everyday life filled with culture, history, the arts and museums – as well as one of the least expensive costs of living for a capital city. If you want to combine your education with an inspiring city, Berlin might be your perfect study destination.
Safety is an important point to consider when studying abroad. According to the current Numbeo Safety Index, Berlin has a score of 57.76 – ranking it at number 215 of 461 cities globally for safety.
Berlin is best known for a multicultural society, an inspiring art scene, a tumultuous past and an exciting nightlife, making it a popular place to study for locals and international students alike. The city offers something for everyone and we are sure you will find your place.
The cost of living can play a major factor in deciding where to study. Aside from tuition fees, students should consider the local cost of living – including items like housing, food, and social life. According to the current Numbeo Cost of Living Index, Berlin has a score of 66.51 – ranking it at number 184 of 515 cities globally for the cost of living (the higher the ranking, the more expensive the cost of living is).
If you’re considering pursuing a degree abroad, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s ‘For students’ track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. Create your own personalised university rankings today, and compare universities according to what matters most to you. To start, make sure to select your desired study destination and we’ll help guide you through the rest.