Germany took 36 places out of the top 200 universities in Europe ranked by Times Higher Education (THE) on Thursday.
This made Germany the second most represented country behind the United Kingdom, which "dominated" the rankings, taking nearly a quarter of places (46) and seven of the top ten. In total, 11 German universities appeared in the top 50 across Europe.
“Germany is one of the stand-out performers in the European top 200 ranking," said Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty in a statement.
"The rankings show that many institutions in Europe are equal in quality and reputation to some of the UK's biggest names, but are on offer to global talent at a fraction of the cost and without the endless red tape," Baty explained.
"With lower tuition fees, more relaxed visa options, and more and more degrees taught in the English language, universities in Germany and the Netherlands in particular offer outstanding options for international students."
Germany and Norway stand out among the countries ranked by being the only ones that offer free tuition to both EU and non-EU students.
Students in Germany may still have to pay certain fees that go towards things like a public transportation pass and a student union, but these amount to just a few hundred euros.
In comparison, annual fees in the UK add up to €11,612 for EU students, and for non-EU students as high as €15,611 or €18,320 for lab-based degrees.
"While once students from India or China would have considered the UK their only study option, there is now an exciting and healthy competition opening up, and it could change the fortunes of entire [UK] institutions in the longer term,” Baty said.
"While the market leader, the UK, shoots itself in the foot and faces losing market share over restrictive study and work visa policies, anti-immigration rhetoric and prohibitively high tuition fees, other European countries are poised to capitalize and take more and more of the UK's share of students.”
Germany's best universities in south and in Berlin
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— Phil Baty (@Phil_Baty) March 10, 2016