The top largest universities in Germany include Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, University of Duisburg-Essen, Technical University of Berlin, The University of Muenster, University of Cologne, among others.

The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is ranked as one of Germany's largest universities and is the scientific and academic center of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). The university is characterized by the sophisticated, large-scale equipment that is used intensively by international teams of researchers.

University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in the European region with the highest density of institutions of higher learning. Created in 2003 by the merger of the universities of Duisburg and Essen, the UDE is one of the ten largest universities in Germany. It is also one of the 40 universities in Germany with the strongest research profile. Research activities are concentrated in the following main research areas: Fundamentals and Applications of Nanotechnologies, Biomedical Sciences, Urban Systems, Empirical Research in Education, and Change of Contemporary Societies.

Technical University of Berlin is the biggest technical university in the country and has the highest rate of foreign students among all German universities. TU Berlin is distinguished by its exceptional course offerings and scientific orientation.

The University of Muenster is the largest university in North-Rhine Westphalia and the third-largest in the Federal Republic. The University is a member of IRUN, the International Research Universities Network, whose members are research universities with a broad range of subjects.

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most successful universities in the country. It is regularly set at the top of German applicants’ wish lists for a university place.

* Suggested reading: Top Universities in Germany

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