Germany has become the most important non-englishspeaking host country for international students, but also more german students and researchers are going abroad.

Germany has surpassed France as the most popular non-englishspeaking host country for international students, which makes it the fourthmost important destination worldwide after the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. According to the new report “Wissenschaft weltoffen 2019”,  published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW),  for international  researchers, Germany even takes the third place .
The 19th edition of “Wissenschaft weltoffen” is a fundamental source for international mobility of students and researchers.


The number of international mobile students has risen by 8%, from 725,000 to 796,000, in the 2012 -2016 time period in the countries participating in Erasmus. 74% of these students went to one of the Erasmus program nations to earn a degree, whereas  26% went outside the “Erasmus-Europe” region.
Within the framework of the Erasmus Program, 223,400 students have participated in study visits in 2017. The key host countries are Spain with 15% of the Erasmus students as well as Germany and France with 10% of the Erasmus students each. Looking at the countries of origin of Erasmus students, once again Germany (32,000), Spain (31,100) and France (29,000)   record the highest numbers.

Higher Education Programs for Refugees

The new report also evaluates the DAAD’s higher education programs for refugees. The number of refugees taking part in preperational or accompanying measures within the Program “Integra” has risen by 53% to 10,404. Furthermore, about 2,500 refugees participated in “NRWege ins Studium” in 2017. It is estimated that by the end of 2018 4,300 people will take part in the program. In total, the DAAD provided 32,000 places at German universities.