The 2020 Open Doors Annual Data Release took place Monday, November 16th, 2020. According to this year’s findings, released by the Institute of International Education (IIE), there was an increase in the number of students from Germany enrolled at U.S. universities and institutions of higher education. According to the data, 9,242 German students were enrolled at U.S. institutions of higher education in the 2019/2020 academic year. This figure represents a .6% increase from the previous year. Germany ranked 16th as a place of origin of international students in the U.S.

The new data also revealed that 12,029 students in the U.S. chose Germany as their study abroad destination in the 2018/2019 academic year. This is a 1.8% decrease from the year before. Germany is ranked 5th overall as a study abroad destination and represents approximately 3.5% of the study abroad market share.

Referring to the report, DAAD North America director Benedikt Brisch said “the 2020 Open Doors Annual Data on international exchange at the IIE shows that transatlantic academic mobility between the USA and Germany is vital and dynamic. American and German universities offer attractive study abroad experiences and opportunities for academic and professional careers.”

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Please note that the figures in the Open Doors report do not include non-credit bearing programs such as DAAD’s RISE programs and various DAAD-funded summer courses and research grants.

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