NEWSBRIEF: German students becoming increasingly mobile
The DSW survey on the internationalisation of studying, supported by the Federal Education Ministry, points out that numbers of German students going abroad also rose markedly from 52,220 in 2000 to 75,800 in 2005.
"German students are much more mobile than those in comparable industrialised countries," says Parliamentary State Secretary Andreas Storm. "We want to increase this dynamic trend. Our target is for the number of German students abroad to reach the 100,000 mark over the next few years."
Student mobility among Germans still depends strongly on their social background. But Storm stresses that the 22nd amendment of the BAFöG Federal student support system of January 2007 now allows students to receive support for the full length of study courses abroad. The DSW figures are based on a survey conducted in the summer semester of 2006.