Whereas overall numbers of refugees entering Germany have been on the decline since last year, significantly more of them have enrolled for university courses in recent months, says a survey by the German Rectors' Conference or HRK.
According to a survey conducted by the HRK, representing the heads of German universities among its member institutions, a total of 1,140 refugees are currently enrolled for studies, which is five times as many as half a year ago. Furthermore, refugees consulted course and career guidance services 24,000 times during the last winter semester – more than twice as many times as in the previous semester.
The HRK says that these figures show that university efforts to integrate refugees who are interested in and qualified for studying are really taking effect. Measures such as provision of language and preparatory subject courses and social counselling are supported financially via federal and state government programs.
Around 5,700 refugees enrolled for the language and prep courses last winter semester, which is roughly 80% up on the figure for last year’s summer semester.
Nearly 70% of this group wish to enrol for bachelor degree programs, and just below 20% for masters programs. Around two-thirds of these prospective students come from Syria, while further large groups are from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.