Berlin inspires as a creative metropolis, as a start-up hub, as a place for innovative technology and science.

Brain CITY

Innovation doesn’t just happen – it is the end product of a long, arduous process of research and development. When embarking on a new project, it certainly doesn’t hurt to build up a sound network of specialists to get the go-around. Berlin, with its high density of researchers and students (more than 175,000 registered students and over 30,000 employees in Research and Development as of 2016) is the perfect hotbed of activity to see your ideas come to life.

International Connections

More than one million people with migrant backgrounds have decided to set up camp in Berlin and benefit from its diversity of expertise and open research atmosphere. This is not surprising, given that around a quarter of the 180,000 Berlin companies have an international character and most research institutions work in international teams.

In 2014 more than 22.000 students come from abroad, which are about 17 percent of all students in Berlin. Most foreign students came from China, Russia und the USA. There are many cooperative projects with partner universities from around the world and interdisciplinary networks support the international exchange in research and science.


The science industry in Berlin doesn’t just educate talented scientists, but is also one of the largest employers. Over 30,000 people are active in research and development and work at universities, non-university research institutions and research companies.

An overview of the job vacancies in the Berlin science industry and in research companies can be found  here.


Berlin boasts one of Europe’s largest and most diverse higher education landscapes to study at, collaborate or synergize:

  • 4 Universities
  • 7 Universities of applied science
  • 4 art colleges + institutes
  • 23 state-recognized private universities and colleges and
  • 70 non-university research institutes


In international rankings, Berlin’s science continually reaches the top. The FU Berlin made it to the top 100 of the “Times Higher Education,” the British academic magazine’s influential ranking. The university ranking by the British agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) named the capital to one of the most popular study locations world wide.


Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)
Die Philologische Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin. Der Sammlungsschwerpunkt liegt auf den Philologien. Das Bibliotheksgebäude wurde von Norman Foster entworfen und 2005 eröffnet

Philologische Bibliothek (c) David Ausserhofer

The Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin) has more than 35,000 registered students. Its academic profile is defined by the classic disciplines of languages, literature and history, as well as law and economics. Broader subject areas like “Internationalization/Globalization”, “Change Studies” and “Environmental Studies” are becoming an increasingly important element of its academic profile. The Philologische Bibliothek was designed by Lord Norman Foster.

Freie Universität Berlin
Kaiserswerther Straße 16/18
D – 14195 Berlin
+49 30 838-73189

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin)
1. frei nutzbar

(c) Berlin Partner – FritschFoto

HU Berlin has more than 33,000 registered students. The venerable Berlin institution is increasingly committed to modern curricula and courses of study. A specialized career center helps students develop an orientation towards their profession and launch their careers.


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin)
Unter den Linden 6
D – 10099 Berlin
+49 30 2093-0

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
(c) Berlin Partner

(c) Berlin Partner

TU Berlin is the largest technical university in Germany. About 33,000 students are matriculated at the TU currently. With about 6,600 foreign students from over 130 countries, the proportion of foreign students at the TU is above average.

Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin)
Straße des 17. Juni 135
D – 10623 Berlin
+49 30 3142-0

Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin – UdK Berlin)
1. frei nutzbar

(c) Berlin Partner – Scholvien

The UDK Berlin has more than 3,600 students in the fields of music, visual arts and theater as well as architecture, design, visual communication and social and economic communication.

Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK Berlin)
Einsteinufer 43-53
D – 10587 Berlin
+49 30 3185-0

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

(c) Charité

The Charité is a joint institution formed by the FU Berlin and the HU Berlin. It is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, where some of the world’s best doctors and scientists treat patients, conduct research and teach new doctors at the highest professional level. The Charité is recognized globally for excellence in teaching.

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
D – 10117 Berlin
+49 30 450-50

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