Total international academic staff and international professors at German universities, by region of origin and key countries of origin, 2020

The number of international academic staff at German universities in 2020 was around 55,200 academic and artistic staff with foreign citizenship. The number of international professors is around 3,600.

Broken down by region of origin, Western Europe dominates for international academic staff as well as for international professors.

Of all international staff, 35% come from Western European countries, and for professors the figure is as high as 67%. Other major regions of origin are Asia and Pacific (20%), Central and South-Eastern Europe (13%) and North Africa and Middle East (10%). Among international professors, these are Central and South-Eastern Europe with 10% and North America with 9%.

The key countries of origin for international academic staff are Italy, India, China, Austria and the US; for international professors it is Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the US and the Netherlands.

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