Top 10 Universities in Germany to study Architecture

Germany is a great place to study, offering low or no tuition in general regarding the Public Higher Education system. Students who aim to become prosper architects one day may choose from a wide range of Universities that provide excellent programs in obtaining a degree. As for the bachelor’s degree, Zeit Online offers a list of Universities to choose from depending on the student’s requirements and expectations.

In order to come up with the top ten Universities to study Architecture in Germany, one has to set a range of criteria in order to analyze and compare the Universities weaker and stronger points. Since the subject is Architecture, the most relevant criteria in the pool offered by Zeit Online seemed the IT-Infrastructure, International master programs, Rent and Accommodation, Job market, the Evaluation process and the existence of E-learning.

Regarding the certain conditions in the following section, certain Universities provide the best match.

  1. IT – Infrastructure – Students assessed the hard and software equipment, maintenance and care and the access times as well as the availability of computer workstations that they can use in their studies

  2. International orientation of the master program (the result of the best master program is shown) – Composition of different facts: obligatory stays abroad/joint degree program; percentage of international students; internationality of the scientific staff; percentage of classes given in foreign language. A certain number of points can be gathered from the four areas, with a maximum of 14 points (10 for German language and literature). The top-group is reached with 6 points (4 for German language and literature), the middle group with at least 2 points. With less than 2 points a course assigned to the bottom group. On the faculty/department-level, the result of the best course of the faculty/department is displayed.

  3. The average rent per square meter living area that is paid by the students questioned for private living accommodation (incl. extras).

  4. Job Market Preparation – Students assessed the programs offered by their college to promote the relevance to the professional field and jobs market. This includes information events on professional fields and the jobs market, specific programs and lectures to provide job relevant and subject comprehensive qualifications, support in looking for work placements, arranging Diplom work subjects in co-operation with the world of work help when looking for a job after completing studies.

  5. Students rated the performance of teaching evaluations, the participation of students in this process, and the implementation of the results. The evaluation of courses and lectures is a popular instrument for checking and improving the quality of courses and teaching.

In attempt to narrow down the broad range of choices for the interested students, in the following section you can find the ten best Universities to study architecture in the state of Germany. The predetermined standards are taken by Zeit Online based on students’ judgments, professors’ judgments, alumni judgments, or common facts.

BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

This University is rather quality oriented with its 1600 international students wandering round the campus to prove that. Education wise, it incorporates a combination of research orientation of a traditional Technical University and the more advanced application oriented programs in engineering, social science, economics and health care.

Overall, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg offers an excellent opportunity for students willing to achieve more in life. The Faculty of Architecture has been offering ZEFA-accredited Bachelor’s (BA) and Master’s (MA) degrees since 2002, and was subsequently approved as a course provider by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (MFWK) in Brandenburg.

The great thing about the way the university operates lies in that the department collaborate closely into coming up with all field activities and structural planning. This way, students get to practice what they’re preached in various fields.

ABK Stuttgart

Founded in the 1761, the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart) has a venerable tradition in academic excellence regarding the fields of fine arts and design. A modest number of students, around 850 overall, it is however recognized not only as an academy but also a University. In the State of Baden-Württemberg it is a prominent institution and an education center for both fine (e.g. painting, sculpture) and applied arts (e.g. architecture, design). This dualistic approach to arts is the pride of this institution, which will continue to cultivate and develop in the future.

RWTH Aachen

Of what used to be a museum serves now for its purpose and as a facility to educate the prospective students of Architecture. The RWTH Aachen found in 1880, has a long lasting tradition of excellent education comprised of nine faculties among which, the Faculty of Architecture.  It comprises 22 chairs and institutes including art history, structural design or load carrying construction.

The University aims for quality over quantity therefore its relatively low number of around 1,500 students enrolled in the faculty.

TUM Munich

In the Bavarian region, the TUM Munich’s Department of Architecture is the only University level educational institution. The Faculty hosts over 1200 students segregated in over 26 Departments offering a broad range of subjects lectured by over 170 professionals relevant to the field. There is a close collaboration between the research oriented University and the wide spread High tech industrial partners over Munich.

With this being said, this Faculty not only offers and exquisite road to education but also potential lob opportunities for their students in the future.  The University owns merit prizes on the field of Architecture such as:

  • Deutscher Architekturpreis – German Prize for Architecture
  • Deutscher Städtebaupreis – German Urban Planning Prize
  • European Architecture + Technology Award
  • Mies-van-der-Rohe Prize
  • RIBA Award

Stuttgart University

The Faculty of Architecture as part of the Stuttgart University goes way back withholding 19 centuries of tradition. Reforms and revolutionary standards started being applied started in the beginning of the 20 Century. Under the patronage of the Professors Richard Döcker and Rolf Gutbrod, the facility was redone under the modern architecture spirit followed by a new subject, the field of Urban Planning, essential in the educational and research domain.

With over 16 institutions nowadays as well as expert lecturers German and international, the University of Stuttgart is recognized as one of the top Universities in the state. In fact, it’s widely known for the extraordinary combination of architecture and Urbanism as a whole field, offering students the opportunity a broader and contemporary outlook on this certain field.

Hannover University 

Back in the 18 century, the “Higher Trade School of Hannover” which started with 64 students, today is a University of over 22 000 students enrolled in economics, law, humanities, natural sciences and engineering. In becoming an architect, one needs to be a bit of everything, an engineer, a historian an artist and sociologists, as the Faculty motto suggests.

The main focus of this Faculty’s program is urban planning, cultural landscape and design planning. Leibniz Universität Hannover is the only university in the North of Germany offering training and research in landscape architecture and environmental planning.

TU Dortmund

Since its foundation in 1968, TU Dortmund University has been the correlation between nature and technology, the endless war towards progression of the humanity.  It has established a unique combination of fields in the natural sciences and engineering, the social sciences and the humanities with a broad ranged curriculum taught by experts, German and foreign.

The international character of the university is a huge priority. Apart from the German student that have enjoyed its benefits for decades, there are over 3200 international students currently enrolled in the University from over 100 different countries.

Bauhaus – Weimar University

The faculty of Architecture, together with the faculties of Art and Design, Civil Engineering and Media, provides a platform for inter-disciplinary discourse on matters involving design and construction. The main goal of this institution is to create conceptual and open-minded architects, creative designers and skilled managers who will make their way out on the harsh nowadays market.

The faculty maintains an active student exchange program with more than 30 international partner institutes within the framework of European higher education and beyond. “Weimar” and “Bauhaus” are essential milestones in the course of modern architecture and the development of contemporary architectural teaching. Numerous symposiums and conferences, among which the International Bauhaus Colloquium, are organized by the faculty in elaborating contemporary architectural matters.

Wupperthal University

The Wupperthal University looks back on 100 years of tradition and history. Localized in a metropolitan area, the University campus is sited right in the middle of the city. Apart from offering superb educational alternatives, in all the fields as well as architecture, it provides also for a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle for the youth.

Regarding research and innovations, the University is highly ranked promising not to break the tradition. The University is also very well connected, another true benefit for its dear students.

TU Dresden

The symbiosis of Architecture and Landscape, commonly very rare around the state of Germany is the trade-mark of the University of Dresden, moreover the Faculty of Architecture. The University of Dresden in internationally known for its practice oriented teaching and genuine research. Balancing of the theoretical, artistic, technical and ecological aspects of our living environment is the basis for all work at the faculty.

The University policy is careful enough not to concentrate only on the theoretical course but also convey several excursions in order for their students to have the chance to rehearse their competence in small group projects, just like any other professional does in the real world.

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