Berlin - a key location for academia and science
As an international university location and Germany's capital city, Berlin has a rich and diverse cultural, social, and political life with a unique atmosphere. Students, researchers, and scientists from all over the world enjoy studying or working at one of Berlin's universities or over 70 extramural research institutes and play their part in shaping Berlin's reputation as a leading academic, artistic, and scientific centre.
Berlin is also a prime example of an industrial base which has been transformed into a vibrant entrepreneurial knowledge and service hub. Today, the city is generating new ideas needed to create young and successful companies in a European metropolis at the cutting edge of tomorrow's trends. Berlin is a dynamic city right at the heart of a reunited Europe - a particularly interesting place for those studying economics and law.
Germany's capital city has a population of around 3.5 million and is not only a magnet for all the major currents shaping Europe today, be they political, economic, cultural, scientific, or scholarly, but it is also a vibrant location, attracting people from all over the world to stay here and contribute to the city's life. In no other European city are the changes influencing today's Europe so apparent, and anyone studying here experiences this continuous development first-hand, benefiting from the mass and diversity of the political and cultural events in the city.
Berlin is home to the industries of the future, from information, media, and communication to medicine and biotechnology to environmental and transport technologies. At the same time, it is a key research location, offering an almost unparalleled number and range of colleges, universities and research institutes. There are four universities, three universities of the arts, and seven colleges of applied science in the city. Berlin's 300 libraries mark it as a unique centre for tertiary education, but Berlin's cultural landscape is also outstanding, comprising nearly 100 museums, three opera houses, the world-famous Philharmonic concert hall, nearly 50 theatres, and more than 100 cinemas, several of which show only original-language films. Add to this the innumerable restaurants, bars, and pubs - without official closing time - and you can begin to understand the vitality of Berlin's cultural scene.
Berlin is also a thriving creative area, playing host to artists and exhibitions, a lively club and music scene, media and arts industries, and it is a centre for leading congresses and trade fairs. No wonder Berlin is so popular with national and international audiences alike.