International students by region of origin in the 2022/23 winter semester

The Asia and Pacific region is the most important region of origin for international students at German universities. It accounts for 32% of all international students. Since the winter semester 2019/20, the number of students originating from this region has risen by an above-average 19%, with an increase of 9% since the previous year.

Students from North Africa and the Middle East follow in second place with a share of 19%. They have recorded an increase of 20% for three years. Compared to the winter semester 2021/22, their number increased by 5%. Students from Western Europe are in third place with 17%. Their number has increased by 9% in the last three years, with a barely noticeable increase of 0.3% compared to the previous year.

Hardly any change in the proportions can also be observed for students from Central and South-Eastern Europe as well as Eastern Europe and Central Asia, who make up 11% and 8% of all international students respectively. Their enrolment figures have increased by 4% and 10% respectively since the previous year. Finally, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America have shares of 6% and 5% respectively. With regard to the development compared to the previous year, Latin America recorded an increase of 5% in the winter semester 2022/23, while the number of students from Sub-Saharan Africa actually decreased by 2%. The smallest group, 2%, is made up of students from North America, whose number increased by only 1% last year.

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