Friday 24 January 2020

Foreign students increase at Dutch universities; concerns about teaching in English


The proportion of foreign students in Dutch higher education is growing, according to internationalisation organisation Nuffic.

This study year, it reports, 11.5% of students at Dutch colleges and universities are from abroad, compared with 10.5% last year.

These 85,955 young people are from 170 other countries, and there has been a particular increase in those from Italy and China. About a quarter come from Germany.

There has also been a growth in people from outside Europe, who get no government money and fund their own degrees, and now this group makes up almost 27% of the total numbers.

But not everybody is happy with the development, which involves more and more subjects being taught in English. A group of professors, writers and journalists, has written to parliament to ask for changes in the law for a ‘more sensible balance’ of Dutch and English in higher education and to protect the Dutch language. 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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