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The University in the Rankings

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The University of Freiburg’s excellence in research and teaching is regularly reflected in various national and international higher education rankings. One of the five best comprehensive research universities and one of the ten best universities in Germany, the University of Freiburg is a member of LERU (League of European Research Universities) and of the German U15. Following up on our successes to date in the Excellence Initiative, the University is also applying for the new German government excellence strategy.


Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities

The University of Freiburg managed to keep its position on the 2018 Thomson-Reuters Ranking of Innovation: Like last year, Freiburg is ranked 24th on the list of Europe's most innovative universities. The university also maintained its top-ten position in national comparison, taking 7th place. Freiburg's trinational partners in "Eucor – The European Campus" maintained their strong positions as well: The University of Basel is ranked 15th, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) 31st, and the University of Strasbourg 41st, placing them all among Europe's 100 most innovative universities.

World Universities Ranking des THE (Times Higher Education)

In the current World Universities Ranking des THE (Times Higher Education) the University of Freiburg ranks at number 82 globally. The THE Ranking was initiated by the British daily newspaperThe Times and has been conducted annually since 2004. The ranking is calculated from 13 criteria. In the current ranking, nine German universities are among the world’s top 100 and 20 German universities are among the best 200 worldwide. In the 2018 THE World University Rankings, the University of Freiburg placed 47 in the subject "Arts and Humanities."

QS World University Ranking

The QS World University Ranking currently places the University of Freiburg as the eight-best German university (fifth-best comprehensive research university, no. 163 internationally). The British consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds conducted the THE Ranking from 2004 to 2010; QS has published its own ranking since 2010. This now analyses and ranks more than 900 institutions of higher education around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China places the University of Freiburg in the 101 to 150 group worldwide, putting Freiburg between no. 4 and no. 8 in Germany. This ranking is not designed to yield a more precise order. Jiaotong University has compiled a list of 500 universities since 2003; the institutions are ranked on six indicators. The main focus is on research.


The CHE Ranking concentrates on aspects of teaching and studiability. The University of Freiburg’s subjects and faculties are free to choose whether they compete in these rankings. The Ranking sees the University of Freiburg among the best in the following fields:

  • Electrotechnology and Information Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English, American Studies
  • German Studies
  • Psychology


The current DFG-Atlas places the University of Freiburg seventh in Germany when it comes to obtaining third-party funding from the German Research Foundation. The DFG, with a budget of approximately 2.7 billion euros (2013), is Germany’s biggest sponsor of university research and is independently run. Receiving DFG funding is considered an expression of excellence, given the thorough academic and competitive application procedures involved. As DFG approval is linked to regular positive academic review processes, it is seen as evidence of particular competitiveness. In the 2014 financial year, the DFG’s proportion at the University of Freiburg (including hospitals) was more than 44 percent of total third-party funding.