Foreign attendance at German universities soars

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1 August 2006, WIESBADEN - Foreign enrolment at German universities has soared by nearly 50 per cent in the past four years, statistics Monday show. The Federal Statistics Office based in Wiesbaden said 186,700 non- Germans were enrolled at the universities early this year. Four years ago, the tally was just 125,700. Overall, 9.5 per cent of students currently at German universities come from abroad. While the bulk, about 49,000, come from other European Union nations, China was the largest single home nat

1 August 2006

WIESBADEN - Foreign enrolment at German universities has soared by nearly 50 per cent in the past four years, statistics Monday show.

The Federal Statistics Office based in Wiesbaden said 186,700 non- Germans were enrolled at the universities early this year. Four years ago, the tally was just 125,700. Overall, 9.5 per cent of students currently at German universities come from abroad.

While the bulk, about 49,000, come from other European Union nations, China was the largest single home nation of the students, with 26,000 enrolled at college in Germany.

Germany has an irresistible selling point for families that must fund their children's education themselves as tuition costs are low - and a monthly cost of living of about 650 euros (780 dollars) that is moderate for western nations.

So far, Germany has not joined the international trend towards charging non-native students more than the local students pay.

DPA

Subject: German news

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