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Germany: an increasingly popular destination for international degree students

An OECD report found that there was a steep increase in the number of Indians choosing to emigrate to Germany, as the popularity of other countries apart from the USA, as study, work or settle destinations surges. Another report, by the DAAD and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, reported that 320,000 international students accounted for 10.5% of the number of students studying for a degree in Germany, pushing it above France in the rankings for countries hosting the most international students in higher education.

The report also brought to light the fact that India remained the second-most popular country from which students came to Germany. China’s and India’s domination in the rankings for the highest number of international students emigrating to Germany, mirrors the global trend as well, which was highlighted by an OECD report.

Moreover, further delving into the report, the proportion of students enrolled in master’s courses increased by 72% over 5 years, while there was a 50% increase in students enrolling in bachelor’s degrees. While these robust trends seem to signal rising popularity for Germany, the pandemic spells uncertainty for future trends, and whether these numbers will continue into the post-COVID world. However, there is optimism surrounding the fact that international students are already choosing to study in Germany, even as the pandemic rages on, owing to the country’s swift and efficient response. Moreover, the country will also see a lot of domestic enrolment in the following years, as Brexit has meant that EU students may lose their home-fee status in British Universities, compelling EU students to search within their own country for higher education options.

LMU Munich, which stands for Ludwig Maximillan University of Munich, is ranked number 32 in the world by the QS world university rankings and is closely followed by the Technical University of Munich, ranked 41. 5 other German institutions make it into the top 100 as well, hence providing international students with a grand choice of stellar options.

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