You might have realized that there are fewer international intakes in your department compared to the previous years. This does not involve Erasmus or Exchange students; rather it is Bachelor or Master students that are influenced. A recent press release (8 May 2018) by National Statistics Office proves this right! Read this post to learn more about it.
- Statistics basically say that there is a drop in the overall number of freshmen and fewer foreigners prefer Baden Württemberg after the introduction of tuition fees. The fees were introduced in the winter semester 2017/18 for foreign students who come from non-EU/EEA countries. Because of this, compared to the winter semester 2016/17, the number of registered foreign students dropped by 21.0%, from 7700 to 6080 in the whole state.
- Almost half (48.6%) of the 360.000 students in the state were enrolled at a university in the winter semester 2017/18; whereas, over a third (33.7%) were at the universities of applied sciences, while 6.8% studied at a college of education and one in a hundred students (1.2%) was enrolled at an art college. Compared to the winter semester 2016/17, the universities lost students (-2.2%), while the universities of applied sciences recorded a growth (+ 3.0%). The number of students at the universities of teacher education (0.0%) and art colleges (+ 0.2%) remained almost unchanged.
- For the first time since the winter semester 2007/08, there is no increase in the number of students. The proportion of women among students rose slightly by 0.3 percentage points to 47.7%.
- Among the students in the winter semester 2017/18, only 62362 of them were freshmen. Compared to the previous year, this presents a decline of 3.2%. Especially at the universities (-7.1%), the number of undergraduate students declined. The proportion of women among students in the first semester was 49.3% which is higher than in the previous year (48.9%).