Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural centre, is one of the world’s most engaging places to pursue an academic degree. There are a number of good reasons to study in Berlin: excellent higher education and research activity;lower costs;high quality of living;great diversity;fantastic nightlife;a lot of green space to relax in. In Berlin, you can complete your Bachelor’s and Master’s in almost any subject field you can imagine, advance your German language proficiency, and make international friends. Berlin is located in northeastern Germany, on the banks of Rivers Spree and Havel, and it’s Germany’s largest city, with over 3.5 million inhabitants.
Berlin is considered Europe’s startup capital, having a highly active entrepreneurial scene. Berlin’s economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector. Other significant industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and biotechnology, construction, electronics, and tourism.
If you intend to start working in Berlin, you will greatly benefit from learning German, as it will widen you career progression. Some universities and colleges collaborate with local employers for internships or jobs for students, and offer helpful career services.
Berlin’s largest employers include companies such as: Charité, the Vivantes clinics, Siemens, Bombardier, Nokia, Herlitz, Kaufland, T-Mobile, Mercedes-Benz, Allianz, Axel Springer AG, the German Red Cross (DRK) etc.
Berlin provides endless recreation and entertainment opportunities. The city is well known for its diverse festivals, famous museums and art galleries, cheery nightlife, hundreds of parks, and numerous bars, clubs, restaurants and shops that cater for any taste.
Things to do in Berlin include:
Other major tourist attractions include: Brendenburg Gate, Cahrlottenburg Palace, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Plaz, the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Zoo (has the largest range of species in the world), or Berliner Dom.
Over half a million Berliners participate in amateur sports in the State Sport Association's 2,000 clubs. Berlin is a great town for watersports as well, due to its many rivers and lakes.
Clubs range from very underground, jazz, and electro to posh. Berlin has great public transportation, and during weekends the subway is open the entire day.
With 190 different international communities, it is as though Berlin cracked the wall between nationalities. There is a long history of migration into Berlin and foreign-born residents make up around 28% of the city’s population. Large communities in Berlin include expats from Turkey, Poland, Italy, Serbia, Russia, France, U.S., Spain, U.K. and Greece.
The most-commonly-spoken foreign languages in Berlin are Turkish, English, Russian, Arabic, Polish, Kurdish, Vietnamese, Serbian, Croatian and French.
In the summer, the temperature average is around 20-24°C (68-75°F) and you can expect some rainy days, so visit Berlin equipped with a waterproof jacket or an umbrella. During the coldest months, December, January and February, the average temperature can drop to -1°C (30°F).
Types of accommodation in Berlin include:
Berlin is known for offering a high quality of life at low costs of living. You will need an average budget of 600-650 EUR per month (including accommodation, food, transport and leisure activities).Students report spending around 250 EUR/month on their basic grocery shopping and some 230 EUR/semester for a transport (the monthly ticket is around of 70 EUR).
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