Living in Berlin

Enjoy the cultural diversity of Berlin

In international surveys, Berlin has been named one of the best cities in the world for students. In addition, it also attracts more foreign researchers and scientists than any other German city, and the percentage of international students who subsequently make their homes here is the highest in Germany. Berlin has a thriving academic network, with 147,000 students, nearly 19,000 researchers and professors, and three public universities, one of which offers a joint program with Touro College. The academic success story of the Berlin region is unparalleled in Germany.

Berlin is also the place where management gurus like Michael Porter drop by the American Academy to offer one of his rare public speeches. Right now, the city is too exciting to be missed by any prominent scholar or artist visiting Europe, a fact that Touro students have come to appreciate when given the privilege to listen to lectures by the world-renowned authors of their textbooks - including Paul Krugman, Michael Porter, and Robert Shiller.

In a "Business Week" article from 2012, an American venture capitalist stated: "There is just so much happening, founders everywhere, in every bar, café, in every corner." In the same article, Alex Ljung, co-founder of SoundCloud, an audio-sharing startup, said, "If I were a venture capitalist, I'd be terrified not to be in Berlin." Touro students participate in this exciting atmosphere during their internships, often joining startups or branches of international corporations. Students fluent in languages other than German are in high demand at many startups.

At the same time, the city radiates history on every street corner. Many courses at Touro College incorporate visits to museums, architectural highlights, memorial sites, and many other items of interest in urban economics. But it is not only past and future that guide the activities of students and faculty. An active student life lets you participate in all kinds of communities, from team activities in different sports to film clubs and networking activities.

The cultural diversity of Berlin is breathtaking, with its nightlife and many clubs. Berlin is also one of the top three European tourist destinations, after London and Paris. Berlin is just an attractive place to live and study, but Berlin‘s costs of living and education are significantly lower. Young Americans are one of the main groups of people moving to Berlin, and many consider it to be a modern version of the creative, exciting New York of the last century. Enjoy it!

Berlin ranks #2 in the Global Arts Center Index

Following New York, Berlin is the surprising runner-up in this international study on Global Arts Centers published in October 2012 in the Globalization and World Cities Research Network:

David Bowie's description of Berlin, who recorded his seminal albums Low and Heroes there, as "the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine" thus seems to be corroborated" (Expatica, 2006).

Berlin: Famous for its cutting-edge underground arts scene and its unique raw character which attract young and restless talent, the Eastern-European capital shows a remarkably strong international presence in terms of arts.

It hosted 87 international arts events in the period analyzed, including ABC Art Berlin Contemporary, Popkomm and JazzFest Berlin – that is more than any other city in our ranking and over 30 per cent more than the Big Apple. As far as its local vibrance is concerned, Berlin scores significantly lower than New York - it hosts around 1,000 local visual arts events and around 500 local performing arts events per week. However, if we corrected the data for the population size of both cities, and calculated the number of local arts events per citizen in both metropolises, we would see that Berlin would be 30 per cent more vibrant than NY in terms of performing arts and 50 per cent more in terms of visual arts.

Read the international study on "Performing on the Global Stage: Exploring the Relationship between Finance and Arts in Global Cities" by M.J. Skórska and R.C. Kloosterman