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More students from Asia come to study in Holland

29 July 2012, 18:25

The largest number of students arriving in the Netherlands from NESO countries are of Asian origin: Chinese, Indonesians and Indians. Foreign students come to Holland with the specific goal to get their education, therefore they seem to be more motivated to succeed.

study in netherlands, nufficEach year many students from all over the world choose Holland as a place where they can obtain a university degree upon affordable conditions. At present about 12% of the students at Dutch universities come from outside the Netherlands. Not only is the Netherlands popular with international students, the Dutch teachers are content with their results as well.

Foreign students come to Holland with the specific goal to get their education, therefore they seem to be more motivated to succeed. They are more active in classes and put more effort into assignments.

Increase of students from Asia

According to the latest report which was presented by the Dutch organisation Nuffic, the number of students coming to study in the Netherlands from countries where there are NESO offices is growing.

After young people from Germany, Belgium or France, more and more Asian and South American students are discovering Dutch universities. For instance, in the 2009/ 2010 study year there were more than 9,000 students coming from these countries, in 2010 /2011 this figure reached 10,000, and in this study year approximately 10,500 international students in Holland come from NESO countries.

In comparison with the academic year 2010/2011 the total amount rose by 6%. The highest increase can be observed in South Korea, Mexico (both by twenty per cent), and Russia (sixteen per cent).

The largest number of students arriving in the Netherlands from NESO countries are of Asian origin: Chinese, Indonesians and Indians. Moreover, China ranks second in the overall number of foreigners studying at Dutch universities, right after Germany. See the recent table of international students per country of origin.

students from asia, neso target countries study in holland

Dutch education is promoted abroad

Nuffic is an organisation which promotes Dutch university education abroad and has Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Offices (NESOs) in ten countries: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Promoting Dutch universities goes hand in hand with intensive cooperation of the Netherlands and these so called NESO countries. For instance, since May 2012 diplomas from 10 Dutch universities are recognized in Russia without having to undergo the lengthy procedure of official recognition.

Students coming to Dutch universities from South Korea and Indonesia can take their first lessons of Dutch language already in their home country, in the local NESO. There are also courses introducing Dutch culture to make their start in Holland more “soft”. However, most foreign students leave the Netherlands after graduation. When asked, many of them are not aware of the possibilities they have when searching for a job in Holland and/or obtaining a residence permit.

The Dutch government would like to stimulate these students to stay and provide international alumni with all the necessary information and assistance they need to successfully start a career in Holland. Read more about this initiative.

See also: study abroad in Holland

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