International students in the Netherlands are very positive about the quality of Dutch lecturers, but they struggle to feel at home in the country, according to a survey by three student organizations. They struggle to connect with their Dutch peers, have trouble finding affordable housing, and complain about how difficult it is to find courses to teach them the Dutch language, Trouw and Het Parool report.
The Vrije Universitieit in Amsterdam will soon be offering free Dutch language and culture courses to imams, Trouw reports.
Most of these Muslim clerics were trained in turkey, Morocco or Egypt and often only speak the language that they were trained in, according to the newspaper. They often also lack knowledge about life in the Netherlands. The Vrije Universiteit wants to offer them the opportunity to change this.
A shortage of Dutch language courses is the biggest problem standing in the way of highly educated refugees who want to further their studies. Many universities and colleges are welcoming highly trained refugees, but only after they have learned Dutch.