Is German education popular in the global market? How to choose the country and the university for training? Can you trust the ratings of universities? There is an opinion of experts and representatives of universities.

German education is considered as one of the most prestigious in the world. Germany has the third highest number of foreign students, the first and second indicators are only in the US and the UK. One of eight persons is a foreigner. According to the German research agency Hochschul-Informations-System (HIS), the number of foreign students at universities in Germany is more than 230 thousand people.

Subject approach

Most of the students are foreign students from Europe and East Asia. There was a study that was conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in cooperation with the agency HIS. Most German students studying in China (10.9 percent), Turkey (9.2 percent) and Poland (5.6 percent). As for the Russians, who have decided to study abroad, then, according to UNESCO, the majority go to Germany, USA and France.

The majority of students from abroad want to the study of languages and culture. The last years, the number of students of these items exceeded 45 thousand. On the second place in popularity – law, economics and social sciences. They are studied by more than 43 thousand foreign students. Math and science occupy the third position, the number of students in these fields is 33 thousand. They were chosen for the study of almost 27,000 students.

Compass for students

International rankings can be useful in choosing the country of study and the university for entrant. The most famous include the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), ranking applications for Higher Education to the newspaper The Times (QS-THES), ranking universities Webometrics. In these lists, the position of the university is based on evaluation of its achievements and opportunities in the field of scientific research. An exception is the rating of Webometrics. It is estimated the presence of the Internet: the refresh rate and the popularity of the university sites.

Although the first places in the global rankings are traditionally occupied by American and British universities, a number of universities in Germany firmly holds good positions. There are three German university in the first hundred rating of The Times, the results of which are published annually. The best indicator at the University of Heidelberg. It is followed by two Bavarian institutions: Technical University of Munich and the University of Munich and the Ludwig Maximilian.

About the Author: Bonna Merica is a journalist. Her hobby is blogging.

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