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Why so Many International Students are "Going Dutch" this Year

There are growing reasons why students choose to study abroad, and the result is, particularly in the Netherlands, that this year has seen an influx of international students enrolling - 10,000 more than usual, according to NUFFIC, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has itself seen a 50% increase in enrolments from last year. The question is, then, what attracts so many students to Dutch universities?

Wittenborg Voices Concern to Education Minister

As the Dutch Minister of Higher Education prepares to introduce a new policy on internationalisation to parliament this summer, the management of Wittenborg University has written her a letter urging against regulating the number of international students in the Netherlands. In its letter, Wittenborg also raises serious concerns about research universities' disregard for the Dutch binary system in higher education, specifically with regard to entrance requirements for non-EU students, for instance from China and Russia.

Drop in Permit Fees for International Students

From 3 May 2018 international students in the Netherlands will pay considerably less for study permits, as well as post-study permits that grant them one year to look for a job after graduation. In addition, it will also become cheaper for companies to hire highly skilled migrants. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) announced the new fees a day after a letter, explaining the reduced amounts, was sent to the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The cost for a study permit will be dropped from €321 to €192. To apply for an orientation year permit after graduation (“zoekjaar”) will be reduced from €641 to €285 from 3 May.

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