Germany has been ranked the global number one in terms of supporting overseas studies. One of the attractions for exchange students is the increasing accessibility in Germany of classes taught completely in English, to such a great extent that international students can obtain degrees without speaking a word of German.
In the international sections of these courses, German, American, and Chinsese students attend seminars conducted by English-speaking German professors. Some call the open access to a German university education a well-kept secret.
A Canadian at the Freie Universitat in Berlin, David Ravensbergen, claim that these multiple dynamics of internationalism can perplex other students. For instance, a Canadian English speaker is ironically able to travel to Germany and study North America in the English language.
However, Herbert Grieshop, director of the Freie Universitat’s Centre for International Co-operation, argues that languages must not be a barrier to internationalism, adding that English may just be more useful than many regional languages.
The British Council’s survey, which has put Germany on top, is named the Global Gauge. It rates university systems on factors such as degree quality, openness, the international recognisability of degrees, exchange student support, and the degree at which students were encouraged to study abroad.