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About Germany

Germany is a major player in the global higher education marketplace, hosting over 280,000 international students in 2012/2013. Turkey, China and Russia remain the leading places of origin of international students in Germany.

Fast Facts: Germany

  • In 2012/13, Germany hosted over 280,000 international students.
  • The top five places of origin in 2012/2013 were Turkey, China, Russia, Austria and Italy.
  • The top destinations for German students are Austria, Netherlands and United Kingdom.
  • The annual statistical publication "Wissenschaft weltoffen" on inbound and outbound student mobility is published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Source: DAAD


International Students in Germany: Moving towards "prior education" as a criterion for international mobility.

International students are classified into two categories:
•  Bildungsauslaender: Foreign country of previous education/study (level of secondary education completed in countries outside Germany)  
•  Bildungsinlaender: Previous education/study in Germany (level of secondary education completed in Germany)

Private Higher Education Institution: Private HEI have private founding bodies. Numbers for German and foreign students are only collected by the federal statistical office if a private HEI has been awarded state recognition.

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