Germany has become an international destination for students to study in recent years. According to the data of UNESCO, in 2016, Germany overtook France in international students’ enrollments. Thus became the fourth largest country to host international students worldwide after the U.S., U.K, and Australia. India has recently become the top country to send international students to Germany. In contrast, Germany is the world’s largest country, which sends international students after China and India.
Germany is not an English-speaking country but it’s still growing as a study destination for English students. Such appreciation would have been impossible with the lack of organization and funded marketing.
The new global trend is international student mobility. From 1998 to 2017, the enrollment of international students increased from 1.95 million to 5.3 million worldwide. The data published by the German Academic Exchange Service shows:
‘the number of international students in Germany increased from 282,201 to 374,583 in 2018.’
Economic Importance of International Students
In 2017, Germany hosted 358,895 international students. Getting so much recruitment is new to Germany. Other countries like India, China, Japan, Korea, etc, are following this tradition of Germany. These countries are admitting international students every year from around the world. It creates competition over international students and skilled workers, among other countries.
Since Germany is the fastest growing country, thus it needs imported skilled talent. But now the country is facing a shortage of skilled labor that will depress economic growth by 2035. To overcome this challenge, in 2013, Germany adopted a policy to boost international students’ enrollment by 30 percent. International students are perfect for skilled labor immigration. Being young and familiar with the country, they have German academic qualifications. Also, the students have to adapt to German surrounding so they have knowledge of the language.
The international students have educational benefits and also bring in different academic approaches. Thereby enrich diversity and quality of academic courses. Their presence increases the intercultural knowledge of German students.
Why is Germany a Perfect Destination to Study?
Thousands of scholars trust Germany’s universities due to the following reasons:
Low Tuition Fees
With the transition, the tuition fees increase with the increasing number of students. Due to this, Germany is the top country with universities charging either low or no tuition fees. International students attending public universities in Germany don’t have to pay tuition fees.
In Germany, there are 429 public higher education institutions with 106 universities. These universities are above higher global education standards. Some of them are maintaining top ranking among the world’s best universities due to high education standards.
If you are a European and you want to travel to Germany for education, then you will get all the rights like a German citizen in Germany. But if you are not European, then you will have to apply for a visa. You must apply for a visa for more than 90 days and also get a residency permit to move around the country.
Well Recognized Study Programs
The architects have designed German universities in a way to meet up with the most up-to-date scientific developments. Besides this, students can face global challenges. They aim to find and create comprehensive approaches to research. In the end, they provide you a degree with a certified course.
So, according to a survey in 2018, 4,339 international students intend to stay in Germany and look for work.