Student difficulties in Germany
What difficulties do foreign students face in Germany?
The vast majority of foreign students in Germany choose this country because of the quality of the academic offer. A DAAD survey reveals what its biggest obstacles are and what plans it has for the future.
Even after graduating, one out of every two graduates decides to stay in Germany. This is something very positive, because the excellent international workforce enriches our society. Only with it, Germany will remain competitive worldwide, “said Margret Wintermantel, president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, for its acronym in German) in the presentation of a survey on the integration of foreign students in Germany.
In 2013/2014, the DAAD conducted a representative survey of more than 11,000 international students to meet their needs and the challenges they face. Currently, some 300,000 foreign students pursue a career at one of the higher education centers in Germany. Until 2020, the government of that country has proposed to reach 350,000 international students.
Excellent academic offer and low costs
According to the survey, 89 percent of international students said they came to Germany because of the high-quality education and research of the high schools. These are also attractive for their good reputation, modern teaching and learning methods, a transparent and simple admission procedure, as well as good academic advice.
In comparison with countries like Great Britain and the United States, the excellent academic offer, in addition, goes hand in hand with low costs of life and study.
38 percent of respondents said that one of the main problems when preparing an academic stay in Germany is obtaining a visa. Among the most affected are mainly young people from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Near East.
After arriving in Germanic lands, one of the biggest obstacles is finding accommodation, according to 53 percent of the students surveyed. Hence the importance of university residences and advice for the search for accommodation. Likewise, bureaucratic procedures represent an obstacle for 26 percent of young academics.
Greater academic advice
The DAAD also asked the students how their academic stay could be improved. Almost half said they took advantage of the offer in counseling. Young foreigners go mainly to German courses and seek advice to register and find accommodation. 77 percent would like this service to expand, especially to find a job.
And what are your plans for the future? 54 percent of respondents said they wanted to stay and work in Germany. This decision depends above all on the job prospects, as well as on the quality of life and the possibilities to extend the studies.