According to Nuffic, the Dutch government organisation for internationalisation in education, the number of international students enrolled at Dutch universities reached record high in the 2021-22 academic year. There are presently 115,068 international students in the Netherlands, up 12% from last year.
This follows the announcement on March 28, 2022,that international students now account for one in every four first-year students at Dutch universities, according to independent statistics from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
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Meanwhile, as a result of the "likely impact" of Brexit, the number of students from the UK has declined "by almost a quarter," stated Nuffic, as potential students from the UK now risk paying higher non-EU fees to study in the Netherlands.
As per CBS, the number of foreign students from Europe has "surged," with Nuffic reporting that 72% of international students come from nations in the European Economic Area, which excludes the UK.
German students continue to make up the largest number of foreign students in the Netherlands, accounting for a fifth of the population, although according to CBS, the proportion of German students has fallen while the proportion from all other European nations has soared.
Universities in the Netherlands, on the other hand, have already encouraged the government to set a limit on the number of international students admitted.
Universities have urged that the government consider enabling them to impose English-language quotas within the degree programme and to set a limit number of non-EEA students per degree programme.
They have also urged the government to consider enabling them to set up an emergency quota that would be applied if the number of applications skyrocketed to the point where the degree programme would be jeopardised.
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After graduation, international students can play an essential role in a tight labour market. They are also carefully dealing with the issues created by the expanding number of students and discussing them with one another, according to Titia Brede, Nuffic's director-general.
By the 2024-25 academic year, student housing shortages in the Netherlands are predicted to have doubled, with 22,000 students affected in 2020.
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Source: The PIE News