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Knowledge is international and transcends all frontiers. This is why one of the goals of Germany's education policy is to attract qualified students from abroad to complete a period of study at one of the country's universities or universities of applied sciences.
Behind the USA and Great Britain, Germany is currently the third most significant host country for international students. The number of foreign students in Germany has risen from 7.9% in the winter semester 1995/1996 to more than 12% in the winter semester 2016/2017 with about 359,000 foreign students.
Foreign students in Germany preferred subjects like engineering (37%), law, business and economics (26%) as well as mathematics / natural sciences (10,5%). 70% were enrolled at traditional universities, 30% at universities of applied sciences (as for winter semester 2016/2017, details).
Germany′s higher education institutions already maintain more than 20,000 partnerships with foreign universities and are extending these contacts continously. Additional efforts have been made to make study opportunities offered in Germany even more appealing to qualified foreign students. For example, there are selected German study programs abroad in cooperation with foreign partner universities. Due to these cooperations, the programs are able to reach students who do not want or are unable to leave their home countries.
The International summer university programs offered by several institutions in Germany frequently provide a good opportunity for students from abroad to begin their studies here. The German and/or English-instructed summer schools and summer courses have been specially designed for foreign students. They enable students to get to know Germany before taking up full-time studies here. Credit points (ECTS) are awarded for many of these courses. You can find a list of courses at: www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/sommerkurse/en/
Bachelor's and master's degrees
Moreover, the award of internationally-recognized academic degrees (bachelor and master) encourages foreign students to attain an academic degree in Germany. Students can graduate with a bachelor's or master's degree in more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate programs available at traditional universities, universities of applied sciences, and at other institutions offering higher education. More information
If you already hold a bachelor's degree, you can apply for a (post)graduate study program. Although (post)graduate degree programs are still offered mainly by the traditional universities, universities of applied sciences in Germany also include such programs in their catalogues increasingly. Most of these studies end with a master's degree. Those can be found at: www.higher-education-compass.de.
International degree programs
Degree programs with an international orientation specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of foreign students provide a specialist education and training in the respective subject, intensive guidance counseling, supervision for students, the use of a foreign language as the language of instruction and study, and intensive international cooperation as well as internationally-recognized bachelor and master degrees.
In most cases, these programs involve completion of a study segment abroad and are open to German and foreign nationals alike. The International Degree Programs offered by about 200 universities to which generally an equal percentage of foreign students and students from Germany are admitted are of particular interest. Although there are a few exceptions, English is predominantly or exclusively the language of instruction. This means that you do not have to pass a German language test to be admitted to these programs. You will acquire the German language skills you need concurrently with your academic studies. You can search for courses at: www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/international-programs/en/