According to the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject, Freie Universität is the best German university in three subjects and among the world’s 50 best universities in five subjects. As announced by QS, Freie Universität leads the German universities in the subjects of history, linguistics, and communication science. In a global comparison, Freie Universität ranked 14 in history, 41 in modern languages and linguistics, 44 in communication sciences, and 48 in sociology.
In a nationwide comparison, according to information provided by QS, Freie Universität is one of the five best German universities in three additional subjects: psychology, English language and literature, and education. The university placed among the ten best German universities for the subjects Earth sciences and oceanography, chemistry, computer science, and philosophy.