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International Students Favor the Netherlands as a Study Destination, Survey Finds

International Students Favor the Netherlands as a Study Destination, Survey Finds

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A recent survey completed by Nuffic revealed that the majority of international students share a preference for studying at higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Netherlands. 

Around 73.1% of international students who joined the survey responded that they are “very likely” or “likely” to enroll at a Dutch academic institution in the coming academic year.

In a statement released by Nuffic, researchers said, “International students are very interested in coming to study in the Netherlands, despite uncertainties due to the corona crisis.” They added, “They do so primarily because of the quality: Dutch education has an excellent reputation among international students.”

As much as 90% of the respondents claim the quality of education they get in HEIs in the Netherlands. Students cite that diplomas they earn from Dutch universities allow them to become more competitive in the global job market, mainly because a large percentage of programs are taught in English. It also helps that the HEIs have a solid reputation as premier pillars of learning. 

The QS World University Rankings® 2021 included 13 universities in the Netherlands, with Delft University taking the 57th spot. 

During the 2018-2019 academic year, there were 85,955 international students from over 170 countries in the Netherlands. Notably, a higher percentage of international students mostly come from the European Economic Area (EEA) countries. 

The numbers remain true as most respondents in the recent survey revealed that 86.1% of students from the EEA are more willing to enroll in Dutch HEIs than 72.6% from non-EEA students. 

The survey conducted by the Dutch non-profit organization for internationalization in education was participated by 526 international students from March 9 to March 24 this year. 

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