There are currently 320,000 international students registered at German universities. This figure amounts to around 12 per cent of all enrolled students. This makes Germany the fourth most popular host country in the world for international students, ranking behind the USA, the UK and Australia. German students are equally mobile: in the 2012 academic year, just under 140,000 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 – almost 40,000 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 over 32,000 institutions worldwide. 280 German universities collaborate on research and teaching with around 4,100 universities in 141 different countries.
Extensive data on international students and researchers is available from “Wissenschaft weltoffen”