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First-year students

First-year students are males and females who enrol at a German higher education institution for the first time (students in their 1st academic semester) and/or in a specific degree programme (students in their 1st full study semester). The number of students in the 1st full study semester is generally higher than the number of students in the 1st academic semester, because this category not only includes these students, but also students who are continuing their studies in their first academic semester in a new subject after having changed their subject.

It is currently not possible to determine if and to what extent foreign first-year students in Germany had already been or are enrolled at foreign higher education institutions, as the relevant statistical data is incomplete and has not been standardised.

"Wissenschaft weltoffen" only defines students in their 1st academic semester as first-year students without any further explanatory comments.

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