The number of Dutch students studying in Belgium increased by 1,000 over the past five years to 4,600 and is set to rise even further, the Volkskrant reports.
The Dutch organisation for internationalisation of further education Nuffic expects the number moving to the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium to rise exponentially once the government scraps grants for masters degree students, says the paper.
The cost of studying is much lower in Belgium at €578,80 compared with €1,713 in the Netherlands.
In addition, there is no extra cost for a second study course as there is in the Netherlands.
‘Dutch students are scared of studying abroad and if they do, they want to be near home. Because of that and the similar language, Flanders will be their first choice,’ Nuffic told the Volkskrant.
Great Britain is also a popular choice, but Nuffic expects the numbers to stabilise with the sharp increase in fees there.
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