There are currently 375,000 international students registered at German universities. This figure amounts to around 13 per cent of all enrolled students. This makes Germany one of the most popular host country in the world for international students. German students are equally mobile: in the 2015 academic year, around 138,000 students decided to complete part of their studies at an international university.
When it comes to research staff, the proportion of international researchers working at German universities is around 11 per cent – namely 43,647 people. In addition, there are a number of guest researchers who often come to Germany on one of the numerous exchange programmes available.
Universities can illustrate many examples of good practice in collaborating with international partners on equal terms: The HRK Higher Education Compass lists collaborations with around 35,000 institutions worldwide. Around 300 German universities collaborate on research and teaching with more than 5,000 universities in 156 different countries.
Extensive data on international students and researchers is available from “Wissenschaft weltoffen”