Studies by the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW) show that dropping out is not uncommon. According to this study, the dropout rate for bachelor’s degree programs across Germany is 29% on average.
In STEM degree programs, the dropout rate is even significantly higher. However, engineering has significantly increased its dropout rate in recent years and is now almost on par with law, economics, and social sciences, which have an average dropout rate of 30%, at 32%.
In Saxony, a total of 44.3% of all students study in STEM programs, which is significantly higher than the national average. Conversely, the number of unfilled training positions for scientific or technically oriented occupations is high.