The number of students has fallen for the first time in 15 years

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According to the Federal Statistical Office, 2.9 million students are currently enrolled at a university in Germany.
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From a preliminary study by Federal Statistical Office shows that the number of students at universities in Germany has decreased in the current winter semester.

Around 2,915,700 people are studying in the current 2022/2023 winter semester, around one percent fewer than in the previous year.

The evaluation shows a reduction in the total number of students in Germany on the one hand and an increase in the number of freshmen on the other.

Graduating from college seemed to be becoming increasingly popular and relevant. One indicator for this was that there was an annual increase in the number of people enrolled in German universities. Now, for the first time in 15 years, there is a backward trend.

From a preliminary study by Federal Statistical Office shows that the number of students at universities in Germany has decreased in the current winter semester. According to the results of the Federal Office, 2.9 million students are currently enrolled at a university in Germany. That is around 30,400 fewer than in the 2021/2022 winter semester, i.e. around one percent less. According to the statisticians, the number of students has thus fallen again for the first time since the 2007/2008 winter semester.

Fewer students, more freshmen

But: Although the evaluation shows that the total number of students in Germany has fallen, the number of freshmen has increased slightly according to the first preliminary results: In the summer and winter semester of 2022, 474,100 people in Germany registered for a degree program. This corresponds to an increase of 0.4 percent over the previous year and a total of 1800 people.

The reason for this could be the relaxed corona measures, so that more people from abroad come to Germany to study here.

And: The negative trend in the total number of students is not the same for all types of universities. Around 1.8 percent fewer people are currently studying at universities and 1.1 percent fewer at administrative colleges than in the previous year. In contrast, there was an increase of 0.2 percent at technical colleges and a growth of 1.4 percent at art colleges.

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