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International students in The Netherlands, the stats

At the Hague University of Applied SciencesHere 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 in the 2016-2017 academic year. The data refers only to universities that are funded by the Dutch government and is given in comparison to the previous academic year stats.

Foreign students in numbers

The Office of Education at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences (DUO) reports that the quantity of international students rose by 6,163 for the 2016-2017 year compared to the previous year’s statistics, making the total amount of international students in the Netherlands rise to 81,392. This number makes up 11,4% (˄0,7%) of the overall student population.

About 70% of them, or 55,740 students, came to Holland with the aim of earning a Bachelor’s degree. Around 30%, or 25,652 students, wished to complete a Master’s degree. This statistics does not include students 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 94% of students are at the Bachelor’s level while only 6% are enrolled in Master’s programmes.

Read about types of universities in the Netherlands.

Top 10 international universities

  1. Maastricht University: 55.9% of students are international, or 8,952 (˄389)
  2. University of Groningen: 19%, or 5,420 (˄849)
  3. Erasmus University Rotterdam: 21.6%, or 5,289 (˄712)
  4. Fontys University of Applied Sciences: 11%, or 4,837 (˄39)
  5. TU Delft: 21.6%, or 4,795 (˄352)
  6. The University of Amsterdam (UvA): 14.6%, or 4,514 (˄977)
  7. Leiden University: 13.5%, or 3,566 (˄545)
  8. The Hague University of Applied Sciences: 11.3%, or 2,884 (˄79)
  9. Saxion University of Applied Sciences: 11%, or 2,758 (˅217)
  10. Utrecht University: 9%, or 2,762 (˄395)

Most popular fields of study among abroad students

At research universities:

  1. Economics and business,
  2. Human and Social Sciences,
  3. Engineering,
  4. Arts and Culture,
  5. Science,
  6. Liberal Arts and Sciences.

At universities of applied sciences:

  1. Economics and Business,
  2. Engineering,
  3. Arts and Culture,
  4. Human and Social Sciences,
  5. Healthcare,
  6. Education.

Where do international students come from: top 16 countries

Germany 22,198 (˄16) France 1,937 (˄333)
China 4,347 (˄5) Romania 1,842 (˄266)
Italy 3,347 (˄729) India 1,525 (˄221)
Belgium 2,976 (˄308) Indonesia 1,504 (˄297)
United Kingdom 2,778 (˄473) Poland 1,157 (˄93)
Greece 2,370 (˄184) Lithuania 920 (˄18)
Bulgaria 2,281 (˄257) United States 807 (˄157)
Spain 2,023 (˄383) Hungary 730 (˄98)

See also the enrolment criteria at Dutch universities for the students from certain countries.


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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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