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Number of first-semester students down 5% in academic year 2012

According to first provisional results, 492,700 first-semester students started studying at institutions of higher education in Germany in the academic year 2012 (summer semester 2012 and winter semester 2012/2013).

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the number of first-semester students decreased by 5% compared with academic year 2011.

However, it reached the second highest level ever recorded, following the all-time high of the previous year (518,700).

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Bernd Racky | Statistisches Bundesamt
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