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International mobility amongst PhD students

Janka Willige and Frank Dölle (2021). Internationalität der Promotion in Deutschland. DAAD. Bonn, Germany.


About one third of doctoral students in Germany go abroad during their doctoral studies and the majority of international doctoral candidates in the country are very satisfied with the support they receive at German universities. For this special analysis, some 18,000 domestic doctoral students were asked about their foreign mobility. 27 per cent said that they had spent an extended period pursuing academic activity abroad during their doctoral studies – a quota higher than amongst students which lies at around 16 per cent.

These and other facts about the degree of internationalisation of doctoral studies are now available for the first time in a special National Academics Panel Study analysis published by the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW) and funded by the DAAD.

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