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German Mobility Facts & Figures

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

April 2019

For the third year on a row, the DAAD and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) have published “Wissenschaft Weltoffen Kompakt” with facts & figures on international mobility of students and academics. The publication – like in 2017 and 2018 – is a prequel to the main edition of “Wissenschaft weltoffen” which contains comprehensive data and facts on the internationalisation of study and research in Germany and is expected in July. The 2019 full publication will focus on motives and experiences of international students in Germany. The 2019 publication shows ca 282 000 foreign degrees in Germany (against e.g. 85 000 foreign degree students in the Netherlands), but steadily rising since 2009. Most popular study programmes are Engineering (almost 50%)and Law, Social Science & Economics (over 25%). As proportion of all students, international students are most prevalent in Berlin, Saxony, and Brandenburg (all over 13%), but sharpest increase in numbers was in Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Thuringia. The clear mix of eastern and western parts of Germany.

Also interesting – and maybe a cause of concern – is the graph showing that the numbers of German students studying abroad has stopped growing and has proportionally been declining since 2009.

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