The University of Amsterdam (UvA) wants to hinder the strong rise in international students enrolled at the academic institution, according to Parool. In ten years the number of international students quadrupled, according to new research from international student organization Nuffic.
The Netherlands has seen a massive surge in the number of international higher education students, with over 80 thousand enrolled at Dutch universities and applied sciences universities during the 2016-2017 academic year. This figure is double the number of foreign students in the country just ten years ago, according to new research from international student organization Nuffic.
While the study year at all universities and colleges in the Netherlands already started, hundreds of international students are still unable to find a place to stay, according to student union LSVb. Out of necessity they're sleeping in hostels, campsites or even cars, the union said, according to ANP.
The student housing shortage in Amsterdam is getting worse and worse, and if nothing is done about it, students will start opting for universities in other Dutch cities, a group of Amsterdam universities, colleges and housing corporations said in an urgent call to the municipality. According to them, Amsterdam needs at least 2 thousand new student homes per year, Het Parool reports.
International studnets who stay and work in the Netherlands after graduating provide 1.57 billion euros per year to the Dutch economy, according to calculations by EP-Nuffic based on figures from the government. An estimated 25 percent of international graduates stay in the Netherlands for the restof their lives, ANP reports.
Almost 75 thousand international sstudents are registered for a full degree at a Dutch university of college. Tey have 161 different nationalities.
Over 73 thousand prospective students signed up to study at a Dutch university from September, according to figures from universities association VSNU. That is an increase of 11 percent compared to last year
International students arriving in Amsterdam for the start of the new semester, will be welcomed by a special help desk the University of Amsterdam has set up at Schiphol airport, the university announced.
The Ministry of Education has made €5 million available for new study grants for international students. These grants are supposed to encourage top international students to study at Dutch universities.
Based on the latest study by StudyPortals.eu, the Netherlands ranks no. 3 in study destinations in Europe for international students.