International Enrollments at Dutch Tech Schools Reach All-Time High

International Enrollments at Dutch Tech Schools Reach All-Time High

In the Netherlands there is a unique trend occurring in higher education. Dutch universities are reporting that a record number of their students from other countries are enrolling in their programs. There really seems to be an educational renaissance happening in the country.

According to a release put out by Nuffic, and international education body, the majority of these students are pursuing both engineering and technical degrees at Dutch colleges and universities. The release states that one-third of the students enrolled in master’s degree programs in four major universities (Delft, Eindhoven, Enschede, and Wageningen) for the current academic year are students from abroad. This represents a three-fold increase from the number of international students enrolled in 2006. The top three countries that these students hail from are Germany, China, and India.

There is a reason that many students are choosing the Netherlands for their higher education. Dutch universities are some of the highest-ranking universities in the world and many typically do no charge international students higher tuition than in-country students. Simply put, Dutch universities do not see international students as a way to make money. They simply value the diversity and enhanced educational experience that they bring to the table.

The number of international students is becoming so great that one unnamed university is currently not taking any more applications from those coming from abroad. That particular university has a population that is nearly 50% international students and they want to keep it under 50%, and they look forward to opening admission in the near future.