Exploring the Appeal of German University Cities for Int'l Students Including Hungarians


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Germany has long been a favored destination for international students. Among these, approximately 2,500 Hungarians are currently pursuing their academic dreams in the country, drawn by the allure of its university cities. A recent overview by highlights the most popular German university cities, shedding light on why these destinations are particularly appealing to students from Hungary and around the globe.

The cities featured on are not just academic hubs but also cultural and economic epicenters, offering a holistic environment for students. These cities, including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, and Hamburg, are characterized by their world-class universities, diverse student populations, and a high quality of life. The top three cities are as follows according to the website:

1. Munich: High Quality of Life and Education

Munich is famed for its unique blend of traditional Bavarian culture and a thriving modern economy. Home to some of Germany's most prestigious universities, Munich offers excellent academic opportunities in a city known for its high living standards.

2. Aachen: Rich History and Courses in English

Aachen claims the second spot as Germany’s top student city, offering a rich history, high quality of life, and affordability. Home to RWTH Aachen University and four other institutions offering 78 programs in English combined, it certainly draws international students seeking academic excellence. 

3. Cologne: An International Student Hotspot Along the Rhine

Situated along the picturesque Rhine River and securing the third spot on the website's list is Cologne. Hosting a significant number of international students from North Rhine–Westphalia’s total of 77,199, Cologne fosters a diverse and welcoming environment. The University of Cologne, one of Germany’s largest and oldest institutions, stands as the city’s academic flagship. 

Why German University Cities Appeal to Hungarian Students

The influx of approximately 2,500 Hungarian students in Germany can be attributed to several factors. German universities offer excellent education, often with low or no tuition fees, a significant draw for students from countries like Hungary, where resources may be more limited.

Furthermore, the cultural similarities and geographical proximity make Germany a comfortable choice for Hungarian students. Additionally, the increasing number of programs offered in English lowers the language barrier. Another boosting factor is Germany's robust job market, especially in fields like engineering, IT, and business, which is attractive for students looking to kickstart their careers post-graduation.

The full top 10 list of the best German university cities for international students is available here.

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