Berlin (dpa) - The Federal Republic has become one of the most popular non-English-speaking host country for students from all over the world.
After the US, UK and Australia, most foreign students were enrolled in Germany in 2016 - recent comparisons are not yet available. Thus, Germany has overtaken France as the fourth most popular country to study.
This emerges from the report "Wissenschaft cosmopolitan 2019", which the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW) want to present. The report was previously available to the German Press Agency.
In 2016, almost 252,000 so-called Bildungsauslaender (foreign students who did not graduate from the German school system) studied at German universities - around 16,000 more than a year earlier and over 6,000 more than in France. The numbers continued to rise in the following years. In the winter semester 2017/2018, 282,000 international students were enrolled in Germany.
Germany is becoming increasingly attractive internationally, said Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) on the occasion of the presentation of the report. "We can be proud of that and that should spur us on to become even better." The number of foreign scientists at German universities has also risen sharply. According to the DZHW, it has almost doubled in the past ten years.
Especially Chinese students are attracted to Germany. They topped the list in 2018 with 37,000 men and women enrolled at German universities, ahead of India (17,300), Austria (11,100), Russia (10,800), Italy (8900) and Syria (8600).
What motivates foreign students to come to Germany - here the study refers to an earlier survey published in 2016. There, three-quarters described it as "true" or "completely true" that it was due to the quality of the University education would have decided to study in Germany. More than 80 percent said that they would recommend their friends and acquaintances in their country of origin Germany as a place of study.
The report also mentions the possibility that some foreign students might have decided to study in Germany for financial reasons. Compared to Anglo-Saxon countries it is free of charge and the cost of living in Germany is comparatively low. On the other hand, German students are also "highly mobile". About one third of all German students complete a study-related stay abroad during their studies.