Wednesday 16 October 2019

Foreign students boost Dutch university population to record high

Students in Delft. Photo: Depositphotos.comThe Dutch university population has reached a record 258,000 this academic year as an increasing number of foreign students enrol for courses in the Netherlands.

While student numbers rose by 1.8% overall, almost 20% more foreign students arrived in the Netherlands, taking the total to over 36,000. Most come from Germany, China, Italy, Greece and Britain, the Dutch university association said.

There was a slight drop in the number of first-year students, which may be due to the decision to scrap all student grants from the current academic year, the HSNU said.

The most popular courses remain law, with almost 14,000 students, psychology (12,000) and medicine (9,500). has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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