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International students in The Netherlands, the stats

Students of the Hague University of Applied SciencesWho comes to The Netherlands to study and where do they come from? 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 2011-2012 academic year. This data refers only to universities that are funded by the Dutch government.

There were 666,859 students enrolled at Dutch universities during the 2011-2012 academic year. About two thirds of these students (423,173) chose to study at one of 39 universities of applied sciences, while the rest (243,686) chose programmes at one of the 13 research universities, with the exception of Open University.

Foreign students in numbers

The quantity of international studentsInternational students in The Hague UAS in The Netherlands rose by 5,400 for the 2011-2012 year compared to the previous year’s statistics, making the total amount of foreign students in the country rise to 87,100. This number makes up 13% of the overall student population.

About half of them, around 41,273 students, came to Holland with the aim of earning a Bachelor’s degree. Around 18%, or 14,722 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 Dutch 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

  1. Maastricht University (6,662 of foreign students)
  2. Fontys University of Applied Sciences (3,816)
  3. Saxion University of Applied Sciences (3,486)
  4. University of Groningen (2,718)
  5. TU Delft (2,714)
  6. Han University of Applied Sciences (2,685)
  7. Erasmus University Rotterdam (2,408)
  8. University of Amsterdam (2,190)
  9. Stenden University of Applied Sciences (2,310)
  10. The Hague University of Applied Sciences (2,187)

View information about the increase of international students in Dutch research universities for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Most popular fields of study among foreign students

  • At Research Universities:
  1. Economics
  2. Behaviour and Society
  3. Engineering
  4. Language and Culture
  • At Universities of Applied Sciences:
  1. Economics
  2. Language and Culture
  3. Behaviour and Society
  4. Engineering

Where international students come from?

Germany 26,050 Finland 650
China 5,700 South Korea 650
Belgium 2,900 Hungary 600
Spain 2,200 Portugal 600
France 2,150 Lithuania 600
Italy 1,750 Russia 600
Bulgaria 1,700 Austria 550
US 1,650 Sweden 550
UK 1,600 Suriname 550
Greece 1,550 Iran 500
Poland 1,450 Latvia 500
Turkey 1,350 Norway 450
Indonesia 1,250 Czech Republic 450
Romania 1,200 Mexico 400
India 800 Vietnam 400

Read more about foreign student statistics and the differences between the previous year’s results.


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Comments (4) Comment the article

27/04/2013, 09:08 # Yuniwo Judges

No African country was mention the list international studies,Does it means that Africans can not study abroad?

27/04/2013, 10:11 # staff

Students from Africa can study and study abroad. See another article with the full data about international students :

27/08/2013, 16:40 # Adanse Joseph

I want to apply for masters program, but I'm afraid NO one has been admitted to such outstanding University from Africa. On more serious note, I preferred studying in this school.... What is the next line of action?

28/08/2013, 22:46 # staff

Hi Adanse,
Here is information about admissions.

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