Foreign graduates are female or male students who are nationals of another country (not Germany) or have no nationality (stateless) or double foreign nationalities (unclear) and who successfully completed a course of studies at a German higher education institution and gained a final degree in a specific subject.
It is possible to differentiate between two categories of foreign graduates, namely Bildungsauslaender graduates and Bildungsinlaender graduates.
see: Foreign students
The data on graduates were recorded and analysed for each graduation year, because students can generally take their finals in the summer semester and in the winter semester. A graduation year covers the winter semester and the subsequent summer semester.