Internationals now make up 40% of all uni students in the Netherlands

Generally speaking, the Netherlands is super international — but now, international students verge on comprising half of all students in Dutch universities.

The number of international students in the Netherlands has, in fact, increased even faster than the number of Dutch students in the Netherlands. Foreigners just love it here!

Coronavirus (kind of) no problem

At first, one might assume that the pandemic would reduce the number of international students in Dutch universities.

In practice, it’s been quite the opposite, according to Statistics Netherlands. Instead, the numbers continued to grow as online teaching made it simple enough to follow courses from all over the world.

READ MORE | Where to live as an international in the Netherlands: the complete guide

Now that internationals have started actually moving here, though, Dutch universities have quickly realised that they’re not quite prepared for the masses.

Most noticeably is the fact that the housing shortage is not getting any better, with universities warning students this week to not arrive in the Netherlands if they haven’t found a room yet.


Housing shortage nevertheless, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that internationals love moving here.

The Netherlands has tons of international organisations to work in, the country is centrally and conveniently located in Europe, and the Dutch have excellent English skills.

READ MORE | 10 things to know before finding work in the Netherlands as an international

Being an international student in the Netherlands is also quite easy and, compared to other English-speaking countries in Europe, tuition rates are typically affordable.

Europe most represented

Naturally, most international students come from Europe, with the largest chunk being from Germany.

READ MORE | New to the Netherlands as an international student? Tips from a veteran to settle in

No surprises there either, as EU students enjoy the same tuition fee rates as Dutch students, which means it’s (comparatively) super cheap to study here.

Have you experienced what it’s like to study in the Netherlands as an international? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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Juni Moltubak
Juni Moltubak
Juni moved to the Netherlands after realizing how expensive tuition fees in the UK are, and never regretted her choice of studying in The Hague. After three years of Political Science, she is ready for a new adventure — an internship at DutchReview! When you don’t see her typing on her laptop she can be found strolling around Haagse Bos or sitting in her lovely garden scrolling through interior design TikToks.


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