It may come to no surprise if you’re an international student here in the Netherlands, but results from a new student survey have found that international students struggle to ‘find their way in Dutch society’, reports NOS.
Three student organisations have conducted a survey with over a thousand foreign students and the results didn’t look too good. According to NOS, three-quarters of these respondents say that they wanted more contact with more Dutch students, something which they say universities do not try to do. You often see international students and Dutch students nicely put into groups, but they are rarely encouraged to mix. This is causing foreign students to feel left out and out of touch when living their new Dutch life.
Housing: A constant battle
According to NOS, over a third of participants said that they had been rejected from getting a house due to their foreign background. Along with half of them feeling stressed about the whole experience with finding housing. Finding a place to rent in the Netherlands is hard ANYWAY, let alone if you face any sort of disadvantage from ‘not being Dutch.’
Integration is also hard because of difficulties grasping the Dutch language, something which the student organisations suggest could be dealt with via free Dutch courses, reports NOS.
These issues aren’t new and we’re all had different experiences since living here, so it would be great to know what your personal experiences have been!
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