No Dutch universities on UK’s list for graduate visa scheme

The Leiden university flag flying. Photo: Brandon Hartley
The Leiden University flag flying. Photo: Brandon Hartley

No Dutch universities are included on a new list of educational institutions whose graduates can apply for a special visa scheme to look for work in Britain.

Universities such as Delft, Leiden and Amsterdam have high ratings in various university rankings but none have made it into the group of 37 universities on the High Potential Individual (HPI) visas list.

Only three universities on the list are in the EU – one in Sweden, Germany and France. No universities in Africa, the Middle East or South America are included either. In total, 20 of the 37 are in the US and four in China or Hong Kong.

The HPI, launched on Monday, is a short-term work visa for graduates who ‘have the potential to benefit the UK workforce’. The visas cost £715 and applicants will also have to pay a health service surcharge of £624 a year. has asked the Dutch education ministry for comment.

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