The Best Engineering Schools in Germany

Some of the best engineering schools in the world are located in Germany. Let's review some of its top engineering schools.

The Best Engineering Schools in Germany
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Students have different reasons for studying engineering. They try to pick the best engineering schools even while in high school. But the critical reasons can never be overlooked when choosing a degree in engineering.

So why would a student consider a degree in engineering?

The first reason would be for its popularity and/or high-status career because people think of engineers highly. Engineering students like the idea of being respected for the degree they hold. Another reason a student would consider studying in one of the engineering schools around the world would be the promise of long-term success in the technology world.

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Over the years, the engineering industry has had its rise and fall, but engineers never ran out of jobs; they’ve always had options because they’ve developed different skillsets both technical and non-technical while in college. This also means financial security because engineers are paid more than the average worker in most countries.

The best engineering schools also have programs that prepare their students to face real-life situations when they finally get to work. So choosing the right school is a must because the school and its people will have a great impact on what future engineers will become someday.

Engineering schools that do not rely on college textbooks are great options. They will inculcate students into becoming world-changers instead of people who simply know theories and formulas.

Best Engineering Schools in Germany

Students considering a career in engineering in Germany can start from these engineering schools.

TU Kaiserslautern

This is a public research university. It has 12 faculties and approximately 14,500 students. The faculties are architecture, biology, business studies and economics, chemistry, civil engineering, computer sciences, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, mechanical and process engineering, physics, regional and environmental planning, and social sciences.

Technical University of Berlin

Another research university established in 1879. The Technical University of Berlin is one of the best engineering schools that is a member of TU9, a respected society of German institutes of technology. It is the first university ever to offer Industrial Engineering and Industrial Engineering Management.

Magdeburg University

Magdeburg University, or Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (German), is one of the youngest universities in Germany. It was only founded in 1993. It has approximately 14,000 students on record and has nine faculties. The faculties are Computer Science, Economics and Management, Human Science, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Process and Systems Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

BTU Cottbus Senftenberg

A technical university founded in 1991. It has six faculties, which are subdivided into institutes. The university’s engineering degrees provide students with international educational value, which makes them more employable than their peers. The practical methods of teaching allow them to be competent in the workplace.

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RWTH Aachen

The university was founded on October 10, 1870. It has approximately 5,913 academic staff, 3,351 administrative staff, and 44,517 students. Students are allowed to study and finish two degrees at the university. They also promote student mobility through Top Industrial Manager for Europe (TIME). RWTH Aachen has received the highest funding by third-party donors in the past few years.

Requirements for Enrolling in Engineering Schools in Germany

There are thousands of international students going to Germany to study engineering. Plus thousands more to study other courses. In order to meet the standards, a candidate engineering student must follow these steps to the best of their abilities in order to qualify and be considered for new opportunities.

Decide on which engineering school to enroll in

There may be slight differences in requirements per school so candidates have to be vigilant so they can accomplish these on time and according to expectations. It is also important to note that certain degrees in engineering may be limited for international students. One reason for this is because not all international students understand or speak or write in German.

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Prepare the right admission requirements

A candidate who is serious about studying in Germany should do research about the university he/she wishes to enroll in. Check the university’s website for admission requirements. These would always include a high school diploma, an entrance exam, a course module overview, passport, and proof of German language proficiency.

Have enough money to cover all expenses

Going to Germany to study in one of the best engineering schools sounds like fun! But candidates must also be realistic, after all, they’re not going there for a tour! They’ll need to prepare student visa requirements and save money for their expenses. Students have to provide proof that they have enough money to cover for living expenses and tuition fees, and other possible costs that may arise.

The Best Engineering Schools in Germany
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Other Courses to Consider Studying in Germany

There are tons of courses students can choose from. But only a few courses are taught in both English and German languages. So when applying for a course that’s only taught in German, the student will be required to submit a proof of language proficiency during the admission process.

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Here’s a list of subjects students may find at a German university:

Accounting
Architecture
Biology
Business Management
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Science
Film
Finance
Geography
Graphic Design
Hospitality Management
Hotel Management
International Business
Investment
Law
MBA
Marketing
Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics
Medical Science
Medicine
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

These are some of the options for those wanting to study in Germany. The country is a historical place in itself and has a strong economy.

For students who have no German language knowledge but are keen at applying for engineering schools in Germany, they may need to start learning the language as early as high school – the earlier, the better.

By being proficient in the language before applying for a course, especially if you want to get into one of the best engineering schools, the students will have higher chances of getting accepted.

If you've made your decision to study abroad, but haven't yet found the right country to move to, it's a good idea to only focus on countries where your language skills are most strong. This will allow you to have an easier time transitioning and settling in. 

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Nader Mowlaee is an Electronics Engineer, working as an Engineering Career Coach and Technical Recruiter since 2012. Nader is inspired by motivating confidence in engineers and helping job seekers take calculated actions to move towards their career goals. Nader’s mission is to enable engineers to break away from their fears and create the ideal career they want. He helps engineers strengthen their Communication, Personal Branding, and Networking skills, resulting in job interviews and job offers fast. You can contact Nader on LinkedIn.