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Using ARWU’s 2015 database in conjunction with what we know about countries whose universities don’t charge tuition fees, we’ve ranked the top 50 international universities where U.S. students can get a bachelor’s or master’s degree for $0 toward tuition. All international universities within the Top 100 on ARWU’s list rank higher than a large number of American state schools. In fact, our Top 25 (nineteen of of which are German universities) rank higher than several of the most popular American universities, including Wake Forest University, Rhode Island State University, Utah State University, and the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Of those international universities listed, 34 are German, 6 are Brazilian, 5 are Finnish, 3 are Norwegian, and 2 are Greek. And with over 75 percent of schools listed providing international master’s degrees in English for zero tuition dollars, U.S. students may very well consider packing their bags and heading overseas for a higher education.

1. Heidelberg University

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Founded in 1386, the number one spot German university and 46th ranked international university is the oldest university in Germany. Located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg supports eleven faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Modern Languages, Economics and Social Sciences, Behavioral and Cultural Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, as well as the Biosciences. 1 in every 6 students is international, and the language of instruction for all undergraduate programs is German, requiring students to score a minimum of 2 on the German language proficiency exam. However, it also offers fourteen English-language master’s programs that are taught either partially or entirely in English. Although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

2. Technical University of Munich

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Founded in May of 2009, the number two spot German university and 51st ranked international university is a member of TU9: the incorporated society for the largest and most notable German institutes of technology. Located in historic Munich within the German state of Bavaria, the technical university is one of only two to be chosen by Germany’s Excellence Initiative to be funded for two consecutive grant periods (i.e, 2007-2012 and 2013-2017). TUM offers more than 150 degree programs in the natural sciences, engineering sciences, medicine, life science and economics, teacher training, and education science. 31 degree programs, many at the master’s level, are taught in English. As with all German universities, students must submit proof of German language proficiency to study at TUM. Although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland and do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

3. The University of Munich

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Founded in 1472 as the University of Ingolstadt and subsequently renamed the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1802, the number three spot German University and 52nd ranked international university is known today as LMU. Located in historic Munich within the German state of Bavaria, LMU’s eighteen faculties favor a classical academic profile with liberal arts disciplines in the humanities, cultural sciences, law, economics, social sciences, medicine, and the natural sciences. Its prestigious Medical Center boasts 2,300 beds, second only to Berlin’s Charité medical center as the second largest of its kind in Germany. With over 7,000 international students as well as an active exchange program, the university is recognized by its international network as a top-tier research university precisely because of its inclusive global policies and initiatives. Although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

4. The University of Oslo

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Established in 1811, the number one spot Norwegian university and 58th ranked international university is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious university in Norway. Located in the country capital of Oslo, the university offers 25 bachelor’s programs, all taught in Norwegian, but it also offers 52 master’s programs that are taught in English. For admitted students, the university has more than 150 bilateral agreements with exchange programs from universities around the world, as well as over 500 exchange agreements worldwide. Students applying for a master’s program must show and submit proof of English language proficiency. In terms of facilitating international research, the University of Oslo participates in EU affiliated research organizations, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, as well as prioritizes cooperation with research institutions in the USA, Japan, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Before arriving in Norway, accepted students who are not citizens of the EU must apply for and possess a residence permit, or in some cases, a visa.

5. The University of Helsinki

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Established in 1640, the number one spot Finnish university and 67th ranked international university is the oldest and largest university in Finland with the widest range of disciplines available. Although the university is a bilingual university whose two primary languages of instruction are Finnish and Swedish, faculties in twelve disciplines offer courses in English. These are Theology, Law, Medicine, Arts, Science, Biological and Environmental Science, Pharmacy, Agriculture and Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Social Sciences, Swedish School Social Sciences, and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, the International Master’s Programs are taught fully in English. International students planning to spend longer than three months studying in Finland require a residence permit, with renewal required for each year of study.

6. The University of Bonn

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Established in 1818, the number four spot German university and 97th ranked international university is the alma mater of many famous international students, including Pope Benedict XVI, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the University of Bonn offers 200 subjects of study, almost all of which are taught in German. The university also offers several international degree programs in Agricultural Sciences, Humanities & Cultural Studies, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, as well as Natural Sciences and Mathematics, all of which are partially or fully taught in English. The percentage of international students at the university is well above the national average with 4,095 students from 135 countries, so international students are better represented among the student population at Bonn than at other German universities. Although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

7. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

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Established in 1996, the number two spot Norwegian university ranks between 101 and 150 internationally as the second largest of Norway’s eight institutions of higher learning, Shouldering the national responsibility for education in the fields of science and technology and located in Trondheim, the primary language of instruction is English, although language proficiency in Norwegian is required. The university supports seven faculties and 48 departments, as well as 60 international master’s programs, all taught entirely in English. On 1 January 2016, NTNU will merge with three other universities to offer even more opportunities for international study while also creating the largest university in the Norway. Before arriving in the country, accepted students who are not citizens of the EU must apply for and possess a valid visa or residence permit.

8. The Goethe University of Frankfurt

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Founded in 1914, the number six spot German university ranks between 101 and 150 internationally. Named after the famous German polymath, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and located in the German state of Hessen, the primary language of instruction is German; however, many individual courses and degree programs are taught in English, including four master’s programs in economics, another of which is bilingual for those interested in being taught in both English and German. Around 1 in every 7 students is international, with international students representing some 130 different countries on campus. The university supports sixteen faculties and over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, many of the latter of which are offered in English. Although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

9. The University of Freiburg

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Established in 1457, the number seven spot German university ranks between 101 and 150 internationally as the fifth oldest university campus in Germany. Located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the primary language of instruction is German; however, the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and several master’s programs are entirely taught in English. Around 1 in every 7 students is international, and Freiburg works actively to expand this portion with its Internationalization Strategy. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

10. The University of Goettingen

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Founded in 1734, the number eight spot German university ranks between 101 and 150 internationally. Known informally as the Georg-August-Universität, or GAU, this largest university located in the German state of Lower Saxony. GAU’s primary language of instruction is German; however, half of their PhD programs are taught fully in English, along with 28 master’s programs. Thirteen faculties cover 130 subjects, while 1 in every 10 students is international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

11. The University of Münster

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Established in 1734, the number nine spot German university ranks between 101 and 150 internationally as a key member and recipient of funding from both the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Excellence Initiative. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Münster’s primary language of instruction is German; however, several master’s programs are offered completely in English, including the Master of Science in Geoinformatics, Master of Science in Information Systems, and the Master of Arts in National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language. Fifteen faculties cover over 120 subjects and teach over 280 courses, while 8 percent of students are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

12. The University of São Paulo (USP)

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Founded in 1934, the number one spot Brazilian university ranks between 101-150 internationally as the largest and most prestigious university in the country. With campuses in nine Brazilian cities and its headquarters in São Paulo, USP’s primary language of instruction is Portuguese; however, no certificate of proficiency in Portuguese is required. The university provides language support via the International Cooperation Office for those who struggle with Portuguese, including tutors and courses geared towards native English speakers. USP offers 286 undergraduate programs, 222 graduate programs, as well as partnerships with some of the largest international research organizations such as the European-based Erasmus Mundus. A full list of degree programs and pre-arrival requirements for admission, residency, and visa status can be found in the university’s International Student and Researcher’s Guide.

13. The University of Hamburg

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Established in 1919, the number ten spot German university ranks between 151 and 200 internationally as the largest research university in Northern Germany and the alma mater of six Nobel Prize winners. Located in the eponymous German state of Hamburg within the district of Rotherbaum, the university’s primary language of instruction is German; however, one bachelor’s program (i.e., the Bachelor of Science in Information Engineering) and several master’s programs are offered in English. Hamburg’s four faculties teach over 2,000 international students from over 100 countries in their 18 departments. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required for most degrees, although not for the Master’s programs in Public Health or International Business. While all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

14. The University of Kiel

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Founded in 1665, the number eleven spot German university ranks between 151 and 200 internationally as the largest, oldest, and most prestigious university in its home state. This alma mater of Franz Boas, the “Father of American Anthropology” is located in the northernmost German state of Schleswig-Holstein, and the university’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 14 international master’s programs offer courses fully in English. Eight faculties teach 80 subjects for a total of 185 degree programs, all of which have access to the university’s fund for internationalization. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

15. The University of Kӧln

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Established in 1388, the number twelve spot German university ranks between 151 and 200 internationally as the founding member of the Global Alliance in Management Education and has been awarded the German Excellence Initiative for the grant period of 2012-2017. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kӧln’s primary language of instruction is German. However, an increasing number of courses in its international master’s programs are taught in English, including those in Management, Economics, and Social Sciences. Kӧln’s six faculties teach 50,000 students, 1 in 10 of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

16. The University of Tübingen

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Founded in 1477, the number thirteen spot German university ranks between 151 and 200 internationally as an academic powerhouse for medicine, natural sciences, the humanities, and especially German Studies, for which it has been ranked first for many years. Located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the university’s primary language of instruction is German. However, courses taught in the School of Business and Economics, Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, and the English Department are all in English. Eight faculties teach more than 280 courses to over 3000 international students each year. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

17. The University of Würzburg

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Established in 1402, the number fourteen spot German university ranks between 151 and 200 internationally as one of Germany’s leading universities, having memberships and receiving funding from the prestigious U15 group of research universities as well as the Coimbra Group. Located in the German state of Bavaria, Würzburg’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 10 master’s programs are taught entirely in English, with only one requiring proficiency in German. Ten faculties cover hundreds of programs of study with a focus on accessibility for international students. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

18. Charles University of Prague

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Founded circa 1347, the number one spot Czech university ranks between 201-300 internationally as the oldest university in the Czech Republic. Located in the Czech capital of Prague, Charles University’s primary language of instruction is Czech. However, every faculty offers courses and seminars in English and other foreign languages such as French and German, while some degree programs are taught entirely in English. As the largest university in Czechoslovakia, seventeen faculties teach the eighteen percent international student body at 3 institutes and 5 service facilities. Non-EU Students accepted to the university after submitting the required application materials are expected to apply for a residence permit and visa prior to their arrival on campus.

19. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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Established in 1825, the number fifteen spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as one of Germany’s leading universities in Engineering and the Natural Sciences, having memberships with the prestigious TU9 group of research universities as well as receiving funds from the German Excellence Initiative. Located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 16 degree programs are offered in English, with only one bilingual degree requiring proficiency in German. Eleven faculties and 9,000 employees work together in an international environment to help teach hundreds of courses, 80 of which are “future-oriented,” to a student body that is 20 percent international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

20. RWTH Aachen University

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Founded in 1870, the number sixteen spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as the largest technical university in Germany. With the most ties to industry of any in the nation, RTWH Aachen receives more third-part funding than any other German university in addition to having received two consecutive 5-year grants from the German Excellence Initiative. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, RWTH Aachen’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 18 international master’s degree programs are taught entirely in English. With its internationalization initiative, ten faculties teach 152 public courses of study and 12 private courses of study to over 6,500 international students from over 120 countries. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

21. Dresden University of Technology

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Established in 1828, the number seventeen spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as one of the most published research universities in Germany, turning out over 3,546 projects in 2004 and having been awarded one of eleven grants from the DFG’s German Excellence Initiative for the 5-year period between 2012 and 2017. Located in the German state of Saxony, TU Dresden’s primary language of instruction is German. However, the university only offers its masters programs in English, so international scholars with proficiency in English are made to feel quite welcome in pursuing their graduate degree at at Dresden. Fourteen faculties teach 36,737 students, 10 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

22. University of Bergen

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Founded in 1946, the number three spot Norwegian university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as one of eight public universities in Norway. Located in the Norwegian county of Hordaland in the eponymous port city of Bergen, the university’s primary language of instruction is Norwegian. However, four of its six faculties offer a combined 26 international master’s programs in English, including a Master’s in Digital Culture, Master’s in International Health, Joint Master’s in Software Engineering, and a Master’s in Global Development. Bergen’s six faculties and 3,600 staff members (among which PhD candidates are paid) teach approximately 1,500 international students at Bergen. Before arriving in Norway, accepted students who are not citizens of the EU or from countries without an agreement with Norway must apply for and possess either a valid residence permit or visa.

23. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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Established in 1742, the number eighteen spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as a traditional liberal arts school that can boast a distinguished engineering faculty. Having the highest volume of third-party funding and being the second-largest public university located in the German state of Bavaria, Erlangan-Nuremberg’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 15 international degree programs are taught exclusively in English. Five faculties teach 39,628 students, 3,746 of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

24. University of Leipzig

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Established in 1409, the number nineteen spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as one of the oldest universities in the world and the second-oldest in Germany, with distinguished alumni such as Leibniz, Goethe, Richard Wagner, and Angela Merkel. Located in the German state of Saxony, Leipzig’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 15 master’s programs are taught entirely in English, including the Bachelor’s of Science in International Physics, Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development, and two master’s s degrees in chemistry. Fourteen faculties cover 139 programs of study, supporting affiliations with seven institutes, including the Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Carl Ludwig Institute of Physiology. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

25. University of Mainz

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Established in 1477, the number twenty spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as one of Germany’s leading universities in the fields of natural science and economics. Located in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz’s primary language of instruction is German. However, the university does offer a small number of degree courses completely or partially in English, including a dual Master’s in Economics and Management, which is taught partially in English. Ten faculties teach 36,000 students from 130 countries, 12 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

26. University of Marburg

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Established in 1527, the number twenty-one spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as a German university with one of the most awarded ERASMUS programs. Located in the German state of Hesse, Marburg’s primary language of instruction is German. However, Marburg’s International Undergraduate Study Programmeoffers a broad selection of courses in English in the social sciences and humanities, including a B.A. in Anglophone studies in addition to four master’s degrees entirely in English. Twenty-one faculties teach 26,500 students, 12 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

27. University of Stuttgart

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Established in 1827, the number twenty-two spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally as one of Germany’s leading TU9 universities in the fields of civil, mechanical, industrial, and electrical engineering. Located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 14 master’s programs are taught entirely in English. Ten faculties teach over 170 programs of study to 27,000 students, 20 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

28. The Federal University of Rio de Janiero

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Founded in 1920, the number two spot Brazilian university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as Brazil’s first official institution of higher education, operating continuously in one form or another since 1792. With campuses in three Brazilian cities and its headquarters in Rio, UFRJ’s primary language of instruction is Portuguese. However, no certificate of proficiency in Portuguese is required for study, and some postgraduate courses are taught in English. The university provides langauge support through the International Affairs Office for those who struggle with Portuguese, including courses geared toward English speakers. UFRJ supports six university centers with over 60 institutes and schools that offer over 100 undergraduate degree programs and over 150 graduate degree programs. For more information on admission procedures and policies, including Affirmative Action initiatives for low-income internationals, see the following.

29. Hannover Medical School

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Established in 1961, the number twenty-three spot German university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as one of the best international medical schools in the world. Located in the German state of Lower Saxony, Hannover is the smallest university on our list with only 2,668 students. However, it also receives the most funding of any German medical university. Since the university is also an active hospital that cares primarily for German patients, the primary language of instruction is German, although most professors and doctors do speak English amongst themselves. The medical school consists of both research and clinical components, with the Hannover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) having the greatest claim to internationalization, as it hosts students from more than 40 different countries. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

30. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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Founded in 1837, the number one spot Greek university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as the oldest institution of higher education in the modern Greek state. Located in the country capital of Athens and known locally and more simply as “The University of Athens,” the university’s primary language of instruction is Greek. Admitted degree candidates are required to hold a certificate denoting their command of the Greek language; however, some faculties do offer courses in English. Eight schools are divided into thirty-five faculties that teach over 65,000 students. Upon arrival, admitted degree candidates must present a valid visa or residence permit applied for and acquired in their home country.

31. Technical University of Berlin

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Established in 1946, the number twenty-four spot German university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as one of Germany’s leading TU9 universities, with two National Medal of Science laureates and ten Nobel Prize winners. Located in the country capital of Berlin, TU Berlin’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 17 graduate programs offer courses in English, including the Masters in Computer Engineering, Architecture, and Urban Water Interfaces. Seven faculties offer one hundred programs of study (40 Bachelors and 60 Masters) at 40 institutes to around 32,000 students, 20 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

32. São Paulo State University

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Founded in 1976, the number three spot Brazilian university ranks between 301-400 internationally as one of the best six public universities in Brazil. With 23 campuses in 23 Brazilian cities and its headquarters in São Paulo, UNESP’s primary language of instruction is Portuguese. However, no certificate of proficiency in Portuguese is required. Some internships can be offered in English, while special courses are offered for international students to learn Portuguese, such as Brazilian Studies and Portuguese for Speakers of Other Languages (POFOL). All told, UNESP’s thirty-three faculties offer a combined 154 undergraduate programs, 232 graduate programs at 34 schools and institutes. A full list of undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be found under the university’s international students page, along with admission requirements, a list of courses in English, and the definitive Foreign Student Guide.

33. Ruhr University of Bochum

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Established in 1962, the number twenty-five spot German university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as the first new public university in Germany after World War II. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, RUB’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 15 degree programs are taught entirely in English. Twenty faculties teach 186 courses to over 25,000 students, 13 percent of which are international, and 2,251 of which have an immigration background. Additionally, Bochum supports 466 international, full-time staff, representing nearly 80 nations. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

34. University of Campinas

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Founded in 1966, the number four spot Brazilian university ranks between 301-400 internationally as another top tier university in the state of São Paulo. With only three campuses, UNICAMP was responsible for around 15 percent of Brazil’s research in 2011. As with all Brazilian universities, its primary language of instruction is Portuguese. However, no certificate of proficiency in Portuguese is required. All told, UNICAMP’s 1,759 faculty members (99 percent of which hold PhDs) offer a combined 226 degree programs – 153 of which are at the graduate level – at 22 teaching and research centers and 23 interdisciplinary centers. A full list of undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be found under the university’s international relations page, along with admission requirements and the definitive Foreign Student Guide.

35. University of Düsseldorf

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Established in 1965, the number twenty-six spot German university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as the entrepreneurs’ university. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 6 degree programs are taught entirely in English, including a Master of Arts in Comparative Studies in English and American Literature, a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, a Master of Science in International Biology, and a Master of Science in Translational Neuroscience. Five faculties teach 50 programs of study to 27,000 students, whose international profile includes over 100 countries from Europe (48%), Asia (32%), Africa (15%) and the Americas (5%). As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

36. University of Duisburg-Essen

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Founded in 1654, the number twenty-seven spot German university ranks between 201 and 300 internationally among the top ten largest and most internationally friendly German universities. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Duisburg-Essen’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 22 degree programs are taught entirely in English, while eleven faculties teach 236 programs of study to over 40,000 students, over 5,000 of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

37. University of Giessen

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Established in 1607, the number twenty-eight spot German university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as having one of the fastest growing student populations in Germany. entrepreneurs’ university. Located in the German state of Hesse, Giessen’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 30 degree programs are taught entirely in English, while eleven faculties support over 150 subject combinations for 24,000 students, around 15 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

38. University of Oulu

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Founded in 1958, the number two spot Finnish university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as one of country’s premier research universities in the areas of Information Technology, Biosciences and Health, Cultural Identity and Interaction, as well as the Environment, Natural Resources and Materials. Located in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Oulu is a bilingual university whose two primary languages of instruction are Finnish and Swedish. However, English language proficiency is required for admission, and its six faculties offer courses in English for each of their international master’s programs. These faculties are in the fields of Education, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Humanities, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Medicine, and Science.International students planning to spend longer than three months studying in Finland require a residence permit, with renewal required for each year of study.

39. University of Turku

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Established in 1920, the number three spot Finnish university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as the second largest university in its home country. Located in the region of Southwest Finland, Turku is a trilingual university whose primary languages of instruction are Finnish, Swedish, and English. An intentionally global-minded campus English language proficiency is required for admission, as its seven faculties offer over 300 courses in English as well as 21 international master’s programs. Turku’s seven faculties are as follows: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Sciences, Education, and Economics. International students planning to spend longer than three months studying in Finland need a student residence permit, with renewal required for each year of study.

40. University of Ulm

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Founded in 1967, the number twenty-nine spot German university ranks between 301 and 400 internationally as one of newest but highest ranking universities in Germany. Located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Ulm’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 12 degree programs are taught entirely in English, while four faculties support over 60 study programs for approximately 10,000 students, around 13 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

41. Aalto University

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Established in 2010, the number four spot Finnish university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as one of the two newest universities in Finland that were created to foster innovation. Located in Greater Helsinki, Aalto is a trilingual university whose primary languages of instruction are Finnish, Swedish, and English. A global-minded campus, English language proficiency is required for admission, as its six faculties offer 64 master’s programs in English as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Business in English. Aalto’s six faculties are as follows: the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, the School of Business, the School of Chemical Technology, the School of Electrical Engineering, the School of Engineering, and the School of Science. International students planning to spend longer than three months studying in Finland need a student residence permit, with renewal required for each year of study.

42. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Founded in 1925, the number two spot Greek university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as the largest institution of higher education in the modern Greek state. Located in eponymous Thessaloniki – the second-largest city in Greece – the university’s primary language of instruction is Greek. However, the university does offer some courses in foreign languages such as English for its international students. Eleven faculties are divided into forty-one faculties that teach over 73,000 students, all of which are encouraged to participate in one of many international organizations, associations, and university networks that Aristotle’s International Relations Department maintains relationships with. Upon arrival, admitted degree candidates must present a valid visa or residence permit applied for and acquired in their home country.

43. Bielefeld University

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Established in 1969, the number thirty spot German university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as another one of Germany’s newest universities, operating on a “reform” model, which fosters academic interaction between different fields of study. Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bielefeld’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 230 courses are taught entirely in English, while thirteen faculties support 108 degree programs for 22,000 students, all of which are encouraged to possess international competencies via international track degree programs and a host of completely English-language master’s programs. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

44. Federal University of Minas Gerais

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Founded in 1927, the number five spot Brazilian university ranks between 401-500 internationally as Brazil’s largest federal university. With main campus located in north Belo Horizonte, UFMG’s area is over 8 million square meters, including three faculty campuses, a nuclear reactor, and an extensive forest. As with all Brazilian universities, its primary language of instruction is Portuguese. However, no certificate of proficiency in Portuguese is required. All told, UFMG’s five faculties offer 75 undergraduate programs, 66 master of science programs, 38 medical internship programs, and 57 PhD programs to nearly 50,000 students. A full list of undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be found under the university’s international relations page, along with admission requirements and the definitive Foreign Student Guide.

45. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

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Established in 1934, the number six spot Brazilian university ranks between 401-500 internationally as the second-largest federal university in Brazil. With four campuses, UFRGS encompasses over 22 million square meters, including over 500 laboratories, 33 libraries, 37 lecture halls, and a botanical garden. As with all Brazilian universities, its primary language of instruction is Portuguese. However, no certificate of proficiency in Portuguese is required. All told, UFRGS’s 2,500 faculty members offer 87 undergraduate degree programs, 81 graduate degree programs, and 771 research groups. A full list of undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be found under the university’s international relations page, along with admission requirements and the definitive Foreign Student Guide.

46. Technical University of Darmstadt

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Founded in 1877, the number thirty-one spot German university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as the first university in the world to start a faculty for electrical engineering. Located in the German state of Hesse, Darmstadt’s primary language of instruction is German. However, as part of an effort to further globalize its campus, TU Darmstadt offers an increasing number of Master’s courses in English. Meanwhile, its fifteen faculties support over 100 programs of study for 25,000 students, and its admissions office is accepting more than two-thirds of international applicants to implement its ambitious international strategy. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

47. Technical University of Braunschweig

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Established in 1745, the number thirty-two spot German university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as the oldest technical university in the country. Located in the German state of Lower Saxony, Braunschweig’s primary language of instruction is German. However, four international master’s degree programs are taught either partially or entirely in English, including Chemisty, Computational Sciences and Engineering, Internet Technologies and Information Systems, and Pro Water. Meanwhile, six departments support over 71 degree programs for more than 18,000 students at153 institutes and central facilities. According to TU Braunschweig’s International Student Guide, approximately 1,600 students representing over 100 countries at TU Braunschweig. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

48. University of Bremen

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Founded in 1971, the number thirty-three spot German university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as the science center of northwest Germany. Located in Germany’s smallest state of Bremen, Bremen’s primary language of instruction is German. However, 18 degree programs are taught entirely in English, 3 of which are bacholor’s degrees and 15 of which are master’s. Twelve faculties support over 130 degree programs for 20,000 students, around 12 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.

49. University of Eastern Finland

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Established in 2010, the number five spot Finnish university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as one of the two newest universities in Finland that were created to foster innovation. With two large campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio, as well as a small campus in Savonlinna, UEF is a bilingual university whose primary languages of instruction are Finnish and English. A global-minded campus English language proficiency is required for admission, as its seven faculties offer a number of study programs in English, including 32 international master’s programs. UEF’s four faculties are as follows: Philosophy, Science and Forestry, Health Sciences, and Social Science and Business Studies. International students planning to spend longer than three months studying in Finland need a student residence permit, with renewal required for each year of study.

50. University of Halle-Wittenberg

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Founded in 1502, the number thirty-four spot German university ranks between 401 and 500 internationally as the stomping grounds of the famous protestant reformer, Martin Luther, for whom the university takes its whole name: Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). Located in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, MLU’s primary language of instruction is German. However, four degree programs are taught entirely in English, including the Bachelor of Science in Economics, Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and Master of Science in Polymer Materials. Meanwhile nine faculties support 261 courses of study for 23,000 students, around 9 percent of which are international. As with all German universities, documentation of German language skills is required, and although all international students are required to have a residence permit for study purposes, students from the United States, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, and Switzerland do not require a visa prior to their arrival.