International students by region of origin in the 2020/21 winter semester

Asia and Pacific is the key region of origin for international students at German universities, continuing to represent 31% of all international students. Since the 2017/18 winter semester, the number of students originating from this region has seen above-average growth of 22%, with this figure dropping to just 1% year-on-year, however.

With a share of 20%, students from North Africa and Middle East are in second place. They show the strongest growth of the last three years, namely 42%. Compared to the 2019/20 winter semester, their number rose by 7%, thereby relegating students from Western Europe to third place. Barely changing over the last three years, their number fell by 3% compared to the previous year to a share of 17%.

Furthermore, hardly any variation in enrolment figures can be observed for students from Central and South Eastern Europe, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, who make up 11% and 8% of international students respectively. Lastly, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America account for shares of 6% and 5% respectively. However, while the number of international students from Latin America is stagnant year-on-year in the 2020/21 winter semester, Sub-Saharan Africa shows the greatest growth during this period at 10%. The smallest group, 2%, is made up of students from North America, whose number plummeted by 22% over the last year.

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