Studying in Berlin, Germany

Berlin

Germany

Berlin at a glance

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.

Studying

Studying in Berlin

Public higher education in Berlin is financed by the state and just a small amount of the universities’ money comes from tuition fees, which are quite low, compared to other countries. International students come to study in Berlin in part due to the great provision of courses in English, particularly at postgraduate level.

Universities in Berlin cover all types of undergraduate and graduate degrees. There are mono-Bachelors and dual Bachelor’s degrees (with career-related qualifications), taught and research Master’s, vocational Master’s courses, postgraduate certificates, professional diploma studies, and doctoral (PhD) programmes. International programmes are fully or partially taught in English, and there are also a number of summer school courses organized for foreign students.

Education in Berlin offer a complete range of study subjects, including international business, management and organization, finance, accounting, law, medicine, architecture, humanities, social sciences, journalism, agriculture to name only a few. Engineering degrees provided by universities in Berlin are highly appreciated, especially design and manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, energy systems and sustainability, infrastructure and mobility, and communication systems.

Studies are in some aspects more theoretical and they consist of many lectures from experienced professors.

Career

Career opportunities in Berlin

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.

Life

Berlin city life

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:

  • see the city’s skyline form the TV tower (Fernsheturm),
  • stroll the East Side Gallery sites (the longest section of the Berlin Wall),
  • have a picnic in Tiergarten,
  • take a boat tour on Spree river,
  • spend a day on Museum Island,
  • go shopping on Friedrichstrasse,
  • explore the Grunewald forest and meet your friends in Alexanderplatz.

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.

International atmosphere in Berlin

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.

Weather Berlin

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).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Berlin

Types of accommodation in Berlin include:

  • Student residences/dorms cost between 150-220 EUR/month in average.
  • Shared flats should set you back between 200-350 EUR/month, depending on location, size of the room, and facilities.
  • Renting a one-bedroom apartment is a more expensive option, ranging between 400-500 EUR per month. However, sharing an apartment with other students can cost you around 200-300 EUR, depending on apartment size.
  • Rooms in Berlin hostels cost anywhere between 15-54 EUR/night.
  • Homestays (640-1200 EUR/month) are a great way for international students to live with Berliners and better understand the local culture.

Living costs in Berlin

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).

Universities in Berlin

The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. Our motto is “Understand today. Shape tomorrow.” We attract a highly talented student body from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds—united by a desire to make a difference and to bring about a better future.

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BTS provides a distinctive platform for ambitious, innovative, and cutting-edge research in transnational and international relations. Our programme is strategically placed at the intersection of political science, economics, history, law, and sociology, where the most exciting changes and debates in an era of globalisation and fragmentation take place.

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The Humboldt University of Berlin (German Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities.

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