Here is some interesting information concerning abroad students who are studying in Holland, including their countries of origin, popular fields of studies, and numbers per university for the 2012-2013 academic year. This data refers only to universities that are funded by the Dutch government and is given in comparison to the previous academic year stats.
In total, Dutch universities offer 2,100 (˄944) international programmes of which 263 (˄31) are Bachelor’s, 1,167 (˄297) are Master’s, at least 20 (˅34) are PhD, and more than 705 (˄235) are short programmes. These numbers show that The Netherlands continues to expand its educational options for international students. As a result, this count keeps increasing from year to year.
There were 660,891 (˅5,968) students enrolled at Dutch universities during the 2012-2013 academic year. About two thirds of these students 421,136 chose to study at one of 39 universities of applied sciences, while the rest 239,755 chose programmes at one of the 13 research universities, with the exception of Open University.
Foreign students in numbers
The quantity of international students rose by 3,750 for the 2012-2013 year compared to the previous year’s statistics, making the total amount of international students in The Netherlands rise to 90,850. This number makes up 13,7% (˄0,7%) of the overall student population.
About half of them, around 42,456 students, came to Holland with the aim of earning a Bachelor’s degree. Around 17%, or 15,883 students, wished to complete a Master’s degree. Other students are enrolled in post-university programmes and short courses.
Most of the Master’s students study at research universities, where the ratio between them and Bachelor’s students is about 50:50. At universities of applied sciences the ratio is quite different as 96% of students are at the Bachelor’s level while only 4% are enrolled in Master’s programmes.
10 most international universities
- Maastricht University: 6,836 foreign students (˄283).
- Fontys University of Applied Sciences: 4,012 (˄202).
- Saxion University of Applied Sciences: 3,669 (˄137).
- University of Groningen: 2,963 (˄249).
- TU Delft: 2,806 (˄72).
- Erasmus University Rotterdam: 2,752 (˄375).
- Han University of Applied Sciences: 2,656 (˅126).
- University of Amsterdam (UvA): 2,543 (˄58).
- Stenden University of Applied Sciences: 2,292 (˅20).
- The Hague University of Applied Sciences: 1,958 (˄128).
View information about the increase of international students in Dutch research universities for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Most popular fields of study among abroad students
At Research Universities:
- Behaviour and Society;
- Language and Culture.
At Universities of Applied Sciences:
- Language and Culture;
- Behaviour and Society;
Where do international students come from?
|Germany||26,050 (=0)||Finland||750 (˄100)|
|China||6,400 (˄700)||South Korea||750 (˄100)|
|Belgium||2,900 (=0)||Hungary||700 (˄100)|
|Spain||2,450 (˄250)||Portugal||700 (˄100)|
|France||2,300 (˄150)||Russia||650 (˄50)|
|Greece||2,100 (˄550)||Austria||650 (˄100)|
|United Kingdom||2,050 (˄450)||Sweden||600 (˄50)|
|Italy||2,000 (˄250)||Latvia||600 (˄100)|
|Bulgaria||1,700 (=0)||Suriname||550 (=0)|
|US||1,650 (=0)||Norway||500 (˄50)|
|Poland||1,450 (=0)||Czech Republic||500 (˄50)|
|Turkey||1,300 (˅50)||Iran||450 (˅50)|
|Indonesia||1,250 (=0)||Brazil||450 (˄150)|
|Romania||1,250 (˄50)||Vietnam||400 (=0)|
|India||900 (˄100)||Mexico||400 (=0)|
|Lithuania||750 (˄150)||Denmark||400 (˄50)|
See also the enrolment criteria at Dutch universities for the students from certain countries.