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About the Netherlands

In addition to being a leading destination country for international students, the Netherlands also sends a sizable number of its tertiary students abroad. The majority of international students come from Europe. German students account for 28% of all international enrollment in the Netherlands. The second leading sending country is China, which sent 4,342 students in 2015/16.

Fast Facts: the Netherlands

  • There were over 78,800 international students in Dutch higher education in 2015/16.
  • The top five places of origin in 2015/16 were Germany, China, Belgium, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
  • NUFFIC is an independent, non-profit organization that supports internationalization in higher education and research in the Netherlands.

Source: Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC)


Private Higher Education Institution in the Netherlands: There are some private institutions, but the large majority of students studies at public institutions. The answers in this survey refer to the public institutions.

International Student in the Netherlands: Students with another nationality than Dutch nationality

Student from the Netherlands studying internationally: Students with Dutch nationality in another country

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