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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

135,300 German students at foreign universities in 2018

Press release No. 529 from December 22, 2020

WIESBADEN – For the eleventh time in a row, Austria was the most popular destination for studying abroad among German students in 2018. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), 29,100 Germans studied at Austrian universities. In second and third place of the most popular countries for studying abroad came the Netherlands with 21,300 and the United Kingdom with 15,300 German students. Almost half (49%) of the total of 135,300 German foreign students were enrolled in these three countries.

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Compared to the previous year, the number of German students abroad has decreased by 3.8%. This development is mainly due to methodological changes in the data for Switzerland and France. For every 1,000 German students at German universities there were 53 German students abroad.

The choice of where to study is often closely related to the subject

The choice of where to study for foreign students is often closely related to the subject. “Social sciences, journalism and information systems” was the most popular subject group among German students in Austria. It was chosen by almost a quarter of the students (24%). In the Netherlands, too, this subject group was the most popular with a third (33%) of German students. In the UK, “economics, administration and law” was very popular with just under a quarter (24%) of German students.

Human medicine students are often drawn to Eastern Europe

There are strict admission restrictions in human medicine in Germany due to the limited number of study places. Therefore, some German students in this subject decide to study abroad in Eastern Europe. In Lithuania, Poland and Hungary, over 60% of German students were enrolled in human medicine, in the Czech Republic just under half (47%).

Further results on German students at foreign universities can be found in the publication “German students abroad – results for the 2018 reporting year“Can be taken.

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