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The Federal Statistic Office (Destatis) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are the main organizations responsible for data collection. The Ministry of Education and Research is charged with setting policies relating to international student data collection. Data are collected on a bi-annual basis.

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).

For more country data or other information on international students, visit:

Source: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

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