Students speed up, 62% graduate in four years

Some six out of 10 Dutch students who graduated last year took four years or less to get their bachelor’s degree, according to university association VSNU.


In total, 62% met the government’s four-year deadline, compared with 55% in 2011.

The VSNU says the increase is probably due to the government’s plans to introduce fines for students who take longer than four years to get a basic degree. That plan has since been dropped.

In addition, universities have become quicker to throw out students who don’t pass enough courses in their first year.

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