Germany's 11 Elite Universities Choose a university

Author: Jennifer Weingarten


Germany has one of the best higher education systems in Europe and degrees from German universities are world-wide recognised. Germany is also among the leading nations when it comes to research and innovation.

Germany - The initiative for excellence in higher education

Since a couple of years, Germany is promoting its best and most competitive universities as so-called Eliteuniversitäten (elite universities) as part of the initiative for excellence (Exzellenzinitiative). 11 top universities got selected for their future-concept and receive additional financial support to further strengthen their international cutting-edge research activities. Besides, there are 37 so-called Exzellenzcluster (cluster of excellence). An Exzellenzcluster consists of a group of excellent researchers and scientists, working on a relevant topic for economy or society. As third part of this excellence initiative, graduate schools are financially supported in order to ensure excellent education and research support for PhD students.

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11 German Elite Universities

Most recently, the following 11 universities have been selected to become elite universities and receive special support. Besides a winning future concept, they were awarded at least for one excellence cluster as well as one graduate school. Click on the universities to get more information and find out more about their offered programmes.

  • Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
  • Universität Konstanz (University of Konstanz)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich)
  • Technische Universität München (TUM)
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
  • Dresden University of Technology
  • Humbold University Berlin
  • University of Bremen
  • University of Cologne
Other awarded universities in Germany

Besides these nine elite universities, graduate schools of the following universities have been awarded by the initiative for excellence.

  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
  • Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Technische Universität Berlin
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  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Universität Bayreuth
  • Universität Bielefeld
  • Universität Bremen
  • Universität des Saarlandes
  • Universität Leipzig
  • Universität zu Lübeck
  • Universität Mainz
  • Universität Mannheim
  • Universität Stuttgart
  • Universität Ulm

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