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Netherlands is increasingly attractive study destination for international students

Rankings 15 January 2015, 12:18

Nuffic, the Dutch organisation responsible for cooperation among higher education institutions at home and abroad, recently released the results of a survey called Student Pulse. Over two thousand international students in 8 countries were all asked various questions regarding their interest to study at a higher education institution in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsNuffic, the Dutch organisation responsible for cooperation among higher education institutions at home and abroad, recently released the results of a survey called Student Pulse. This survey was sent to over two thousand international students in 8 countries.

Students from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey were all asked various questions regarding their interest to study at a higher education institution in the Netherlands.

The study was conducted by the international research firm i-graduate on behalf of Nuffic.

The results of Student Pulse

Out of surveyed students, more than three quarters (76%) said they had interest in completing a part or all of their higher education in the Netherlands. Many were also interested in gaining work experience in the country.

Seen as an open and internationally-oriented society with a high standard of living and high quality of education, the Netherlands is very attractive to students from abroad. Many of the students that participated in the survey believed that a diploma from a Dutch institution would be a great investment in their future career.

In terms of work experience, the possibilities were also seen as very positive by international students. More than a third wanted to do an internship while in the Netherlands and 29% said they would want to stay in the country after completing their studies. 81% believe that they would have a “very good” chance to stay in Holland after graduating.

Financial support a priority

An obelisk in AmsterdamOver 90% of surveyed students believed that financial support in the form of grants and scholarships is a necessary part of studying abroad. To help international students come to study in the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science has set aside €5 million that will go towards attracting more students to its institutions.

Study in Holland

The “Study in Holland” brand, launched through Nuffic, is one of the most recognized brands among international students who are interested in pursuing an education at a Dutch institution. It has become increasingly more well-known, garnering more than 2.5 million visits per year on the studyinholland.nl website. The results of the Student Pulse survey have encouraged Nuffic to further develop the brand to become even more popular among foreign students.

The Student Pulse results reaffirm the good reputation that the Netherlands has among foreign students. The full report (.pdf) can be found via the Nuffic website.

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