The more than 1200 public and private schools in Berlin are putting a wide range of educational models into practice. Special programs, such as the state-funded bilingual Europe Schools, have proven to be very popular.
School attendance is compulsory for ten years, as is vocational school attendance for the duration of vocational training, and the educational system consists of schools offering degrees on different levels.
The 1998-1999 school year introduced a new emphasis on language instruction in Berlin. All children now start foreign language instruction in the third grade, rather than waiting until the fifth. Sixty-four of the city’s 400 elementary schools will start offering all-day instruction and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students can attend these schools free of charge (although they need to pay for lunch).
The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region is one of the most prolific centers of higher education and research in the European Union. The city has four universities and 27 private, professional and technical colleges (Hochschulen), offering students a wide range of disciplines. 135,327 students were registered at the 31 universities and colleges in 2008/09. The three largest universities account for around 100,000 students. These are the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin with 35,000 students, the Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin) with around 35,000 students, and the Technische Universität Berlin with 30,000 students. The Universität der Künste has about 4,300 students.
The city has a high concentration of research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer Society, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community and the Max Planck Society, which are independent of, or only loosely connected to its universities. A total number of 62,000 scientists are working in research and development. The city is one of the co-location centres of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Future information and communication society and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
Universities in Berlin
- - Technische Universität Berlin
- - Freie Universität Berlin
- - The Humboldt University of Berlin
- - Berlin University of the Arts
- - University of Applied Sciences
- - and many more...