Going to school in Berlin – it's a dream shared by many young people around the world who are about to enrol in a degree program. The dream is motivated not only because the city's rich variety of leisure attractions and its colourful lifestyles are so en vogue. Germany's first city is also high on the list because of its large number of educational facilities in various fields, many of which are internationally renowned, such as Humboldt University. In addition, you may enrol in degree programs – often taught in English – you will find in few other cities in Europe.
The German Capital Attracts Academics from all over the World
According to a survey conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), nearly one in three first-year students in the German capital come from abroad as it is. Last year, more than 22,000 foreign students were enrolled in one of Berlin's higher education institutions – which would equal a share of 16 percent. This compares to a nationwide foreign-student share of eleven percent on average. The majority of foreign students opting for Berlin hail from China, Russia and the United States.
The city's total student population is currently 171,000. Yet Berlin's student services organisation has no more than 9,500 slots in student halls of residence to offer. So there is an urgent need for new housing, not least because the inflow of new students continues unabated. The City of Berlin intends to tackle the issue now. The state-owned property company Berlinovo and six municipal housing companies are supposed to build additional student accommodation for no less than 5,000 students by 2020. At this time, a total of 16 projects for more than 2,800 residential units are in planning.
Today's Students are Tomorrow's Professionals
Many of those who come to Berlin to go to school here can easily image staying on after getting their degree. After all, the city offers great conditions not just for higher education. Career starters, too, find Berlin a place rich in opportunity and a place that encourages innovation. For one thing, Berlin, counts among Germany's leading locations for information and communication technology as well as for energy engineering. Another area rife with job and career opportunities are the creative industries, especially the press and media landscape.