Heidelberg University in International Comparison
Heidelberg University's current success in the Excellence Initiative and in internationally recognised rankings attest to the University's excellent scientific reputation. The University is among the top three German universities in all three relevant international rankings - the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Ranking and the Times Higher Education Ranking - and can also hold its position with strong rankings worldwide.
Recent Ranking Results
Ruperto Carola Best German University
The Shanghai Ranking for 2019, i.e. the Academic Ranking of World Universities, revealed that Heidelberg University is again the best university in Germany, for the fifth successive time.
Excellent Standing in QS Rankings
Heidelberg University is again among the top three best universities in Germany and it places 18th across Europe. At the international level, Heidelberg University now ranks 64th internationally.
Successful Placement in Times Higher Education Ranking
Ruperto Carola is again one of the top three universities in Germany: The 2019/2020 Times Higher Education World University Ranking places Heidelberg third after the two universities in Munich. Internationally it advances three positions and ranks 44th, making it one of the world's “Top 50”.
Multiple Bests in Shanghai Subject Ranking
The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 rated Heidelberg University as Germany's top institution in a total of three subjects in the medical sciences field.
Top positions in QS Subject Ranking
In the new QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 Heidelberg University's Classics / Ancient History ranked 4th internationally – the best ranking of any German university overall – and rose from second into first place in Germany.
Medicine ranked first Germany-wide
Medicine at Heidelberg University is still in top position in Germany. It has retained its first place in a ranking list by subject groups now published as part of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2019/2020.