Foreign Students Bypassing Germany

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Science  12 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5272, pp. 173
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5272.173


As Germany's universities sink deeper into crisis, they are also losing their allure for foreigners. While top universities from Boston to Hong Kong are attracting more and more overseas students, the opposite is true in Germany. The reasons are many: The need to study in German; long degree courses lasting 7 years or more; bewildering bureaucracy; and unwelcoming immigration status. The universities' declining internationality prompted a debate in the German parliament last month, and now the government seems to be taking action: offering specially tailored courses for foreign students and easing the regulations over foreign qualifications and language.