Universities in Flemish-speaking parts of Belgium fear an influx of Dutch students once tuition fees in the Netherlands increase for slow learners, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.
The paper says Dutch students in Flanders already have a bad reputation: at the University of Antwerp Dutch students are twice as likely as Belgians to drop out and the failure rate at the University of Ghent is also very high.
The Dutch government wants to charge students who take at least a year too long to get a degree €5,000 a year in tuition fees. In Belgium, students pay just €557 a year to study.
Under European law, universities are not allowed to discriminate against students from other member states.
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