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QS World University Ranking
No. 2 in Germany • No. 20 in Europe • No. 66 worldwide

Shanghai Ranking of World Universities
No. 1 in Germany • No. 10 in Europe • No. 46 worldwide

Times Higher Education Ranking
No. 2 in Germany • No. 13 in Europe • No. 37 worldwide

Biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics are all in the “Excellence Group” of highly research-intensive subjects in Europe with a strong international orientation.

BIX - German Library Index
University Library ranks No. 1

International Rankings
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CHE Rankings
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Universität Heidelberg in International Comparison

Ranking Results - Overview

Top Position in Germany, Leading Role in Europe

Heidelberg University has asserted its leading position among universities in Germany as well as internationally: In all three of the major international rankings, Heidelberg University is among the top two of German universities, therefore making it one of the world’s best 100 universities in each. After coming out on top in the previous years, Heidelberg University Library is once again a front runner in the renowned BIX Library Index. [More...]


Recent Ranking Results

THE Ranking: Heidelberg 37th in the World’s Best 50 Universities

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Having surged ahead by 33 spots compared to last year, Heidelberg University now ranks 37th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015/2016. [More...]

Top Recipient of Public Funding

Alte UniversitätIn the ranking list of the 40 highest publicly funded universities in Germany, Heidelberg University is in second place with a total of 274.7 million euros in DFG funds. [More...]

Best German University in Shanghai Ranking

Neue UniversitätHeidelberg University has been ranked the best university in Germany in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Ruperto Carola climbed three places to 46th internationally. [More...]

Best of Germany’s Major Academic Libraries

UBFor the sixth consecutive year, Heidelberg University Library has been ranked at the top of the renowned BIX Library Index. Heidelberg is the only major academic library to be among the leaders in all four evaluation categories. [More...]

Top Spots in CHE University Ranking


Heidelberg University ranked highly in a total of eleven subjects in the CHE University Ranking 2015. Human medicine at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg fared best in this year's ranking, scoring in the top group in five assessment criteria. [More...]

Heidelberg University in the World’s Top 50 in Six Subjects

Alte UniverstaetIn the QS Subject Rankings 2015, Heidelberg University fared well at both the national and international levels. In law and medicine, it placed first in Germany. Overall, Heidelberg University ranked among the 50 best universities in the world in six subjects. [More...]

Excellent Placement in THE Reputation Ranking

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Heidelberg University climbs into the world’s top 40 universities in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking 2015. In this year’s evaluation, Heidelberg placed 38th, jumping over 20 ranks compared to 2014, and ranks second in Germany. [More...]

Top Spot in QS World University Ranking

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In the QS World University Rankings 2015 Heidelberg University ranks second after Munich's Technical University in a Germany­wide comparison. Among the leading universities worldwide Heidelberg is listed 66th. [More...]

Successful Standing in Times Higher Education Ranking

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Heidelberg University again fared well in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Ranking, rating among the three best German universities. Internationally, Heidelberg placed 70th. [More...]

Outstanding Scores in "Best Global Universities" Rankings

Alte Universitaet B100x100In the new “Best Global Universities” rankings, Heidelberg University placed 59th in the world and second in Germany. It also fared extremely well in the rankings for specific subjects. [More...]


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