Success and withdrawal of international students in Germany (SeSaBa)

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Within the framework of the now completed joint project, an interdisciplinary research team analysed the reasons for academic success and drop-out among international students in Germany over a period of four years (duration: April 2017 to July 2021). The DAAD was responsible for managing and coordinating the project, while the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning (IHF) and the FernUniversität in Hagen were partners. The project manager and coordinator at the DAAD was Dr Jesús Pineda, the sub-projects at the IHF and the FernUniversität in Hagen were led by Dr Susanne Falk and Dr Julia Zimmermann.

The findings of the project, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), were published in various practice-oriented and academic publications, during the project. The final, practice-oriented results report "Accompanying international students in Germany to academic success - Results and recommendations from the SeSaBa project" contains practical recommendations for those responsible in university administrations and faculties as well as decision-makers in higher education policy. Further academic publications are currently in the publication process, so the overview of project publications will continue to be updated accordingly as they become available. The data collected in the SeSaBa project will also be the basis of an additional, more in-depth analysis focused on STEM students in the follow-up project "Internationale MINT-Studierende in Deutschland: Das Zusammenwirken von Studienerfolgsprädiktoren auf individueller, Fach-, Hochschul- und kultureller Ebene" (InterMINT). The InterMINT project started in August 2021 and will run until July 2024.


DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service