Up to 365,000 International Students Currently Study in Germany

Munich, Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has informed that the number of international students attending universities across Germany has continued to increase in the winter semester, with the total number of international students currently enrolled at the country's universities standing between 355,000 and 365,000.

DAAD reports that the number of international students currently enrolled at German universities has increased between 2 and 4 percent compared to last year, whereas the number of international students in their first year of studies has also sharply increased after the COVID-19 pandemic, Erudera.com reports.

DAAD President Joybrato Mukherjee said that Germany is now the fourth most popular study destination for international students.

“The figures prove once again that universities in Germany are extremely attractive to international students. Germany appears to have settled into a stable fourth place among the most popular study destinations worldwide,” Mukherjee said.

A few months ago, DAAD released the “Wissenschaft weltoffen 2022” report showing that the number of international students in Germany in the winter semester 2021/22 increased by 8 percent compared to the previous year. Nearly 350,000 international students enrolled at German higher education institutions during the 2021/22 academic year.

“Last winter semester, it was 53 per cent of international students who registered in one of these study programmes,” the Scientific Director of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Monika Jungbauer-Gans, said.

The top countries of origin of international students to Germany are China and India, followed by Syria and Austria. Other countries also sending most students to Germany are Russia, Iran, Turkey, Italy, Cameroon, Ukraine, France, the United States, etc.

However, according to Destatis, the overall number of students in Germany in the 2022/23 academic year has dropped compared to a year earlier. Data indicate that the number of students at German universities has dropped by 1.0 percent, with the country registering the first drop since the 2007/28 academic year.

Commenting on data, the General Secretary of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW), Matthias Anbuhl, said that students should be offered financial support as the latter should drop out of university due to lack of money.

Similarly, a high number of international students was seen in Czechia in 2021, a total of 52,109, most coming from Slovakia. This was the highest increase since 2012, when only 38,707 international students chose Czech universities to pursue higher education.

France also welcomed the highest number of international students in 15 years, more than 400,000 in the 2021/22 academic year, with most students coming from Morocco, Algeria, and China.

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