More German students choosing foreign universities

More German students are going to university abroad, according to figures released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

More German students choosing foreign universities
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Some 83,000 German college students went to foreign schools in 2006, Destatis reported. The number was up a stunning 5,700 students from the previous year.

Favourite countries for studying abroad were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Switzerland, according to the report.

For every 1,000 German students in German universities, there were 48 who were learning abroad – up from 26 in 1996.

But German institutions are also gaining more foreign students, Destatis reported. In 2006-2007 school year, about 188,000 foreign students attended German schools, up from 100,000 just 10 years before.