Best English-Taught Universities in Germany in 2023

So, you want to study abroad, and you have your eyes set on Germany. But two big questions are still unanswered:

Can you study an English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Germany? And which are the best German universities where you can study in English?

Let’s find out!

How many English-taught universities are there in Germany?

According to the ‘My German University’ website, there are over 200 German universities that offer study programmes taught in English.

And while we cannot confirm the accuracy of that number, we can tell you for sure that on our portals, you can find:

Here are a few universities we recommend in Germany:

How do I know if a German university teaches in English?

All the study programmes listed by universities and colleges on our portals are taught in English, so that’s a good start. You can also check more information about language requirements for each degree.

German universities (or other websites) might list additional English-taught programmes on their web pages.

In that case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if international students are eligible to apply. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.

To apply at English-taught academic institutions in Germany, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests: 

Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.

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Is English enough to live and study in Germany?

English is enough to study at a German university. But it might not be enough to live there. That’s because while a certain percentage of Germans speak English to some extent, their level isn’t always high enough for fluent conversations.

In tourist locations, you should be able to get away with English alone and maybe a few basic words in German. But learning German is a great idea because:

  • It’s a popular international language
  • It represents an asset on your CV
  • It allows you to socialise and expand your network
  • It opens the door to jobs and multinational companies

Here are a few free resources to get you started:

The best English-taught universities in Germany

According to the latest rankings created by TopUniversities, these are the best German universities that offer English-taught degrees:

Check out other top-ranked universities in Germany.

Affordable English-taught universities in Germany

Want to study an affordable English-taught degree in Germany? Great news!

Almost all public universities offer free study programmes to all international students, regardless of their origin. Universities from the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg are the only exception, as they charge tuition to non-EU/EEA students.

International students can also apply for scholarships in Germany.

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Application requirements at English-taught universities in Germany

Some of the most common application requirements at German universities include items like:

  • Previous diplomas: high-school, Bachelor’s, or Master’s 
  • Academic transcript of records or grades 
  • Proof of English language proficiency 
  • Copy of ID or passport 
  • Up to 4 passport-size photos 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay or statement

Want to make sure your application is free of errors? Check out our guide on how to correctly fill in a university application form.

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