Schools and universities
As a place to learn and research, Germany enjoys a strong international reputation, from its school system to the dual vocational education system and its varied higher education system.
Excellent higher education
German universities and higher education institutions enjoy a very good reputation the world over and are sought-after cooperation partners. Germany is also the most popular non-English-speaking host country for international students.
School and education
In Germany, it is the 16 federal states that are responsible for education and education policy. The German model of dual vocational training, which combines theory and practice, is in strong demand internationally.
Facts and figures
9 years of compulsory education
Children aged six and over must attend school for a minimum of nine years in Germany.
11 million pupils
The number of children and young people who attended one of the over 40,000 schools and vocational colleges in Germany. Around 798,000 teachers work at these institutions.
137 German Schools Abroad
Around 84,000 pupils across 70 countries attend these schools, with 23,000 speaking German as a first language.
324 apprenticeship trades
Training for these professions covers both theoretical and practical elements in Germany’s dual system.
37,000 university collaborations
German universities have agreements with partners in more than 150 countries.
420 higher education institutions
The German higher education world offers excellent prospects even beyond the big cities.
2.9 million students
More than half of young people in Germany now study for a university degree.
Higher education students in germany
The Excellence Initiative is announced for higher education institutions. The Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation provides funding for non-university research organisations.
Almost all courses have been switched over to ¬Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses. State-regulated ¬degree courses, Medicine and Law are an exception. The proportion of state spending on research and development as a ratio of gross domestic product has exceeded three percent for the first time.
Ten universities and one university group in Berlin were selected to benefit from the Excellence Initiative pursued nationally and by the individual federal states. Comprehensive financial support will help them to heighten their profiles still further in coming years.