Interns from third countries also come to Germany

Besides the large number of higher education institutions, another typical feature of the German education landscape is the dual education system. In 2015, some 4,254 international interns from countries outside the EU came to Germany to undertake basic and advanced in-company training. If we also count interns from EU states who can enter Germany without a visa under the agreement on free movement of persons, the number of international interns in Germany is even higher. The number of interns from third countries is likely to rise significantly in the next few years owing to improvements in German residency rights: since 2015, they can apply for a visa enabling them to do qualification courses in preparation for training even while their diplomas are going through the recognition procedure. This is good news for the German economy, since businesses are facing problems in finding qualified workers, as well as applicants for apprenticeships/ trainee ships. International interns can, therefore, make a crucial contribution to covering the need for qualified professionals.