40% of internationals enrolled in Dutch universities are first-year students

The latest figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that in the academic year 2021/22, 115,000 students enrolled in Dutch universities came from abroad.

According to CBS statistics, 42,000 of them studied for the first time in the Netherlands, which is equivalent to one in four first-year students, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In a press release on Monday, March 28, CBS reported that the percentage of international freshmen reached 40%.

“Over the past 16 years, the number of international students has grown faster than the number of domestic students. In the 2021/22 academic year, 115,000 international students were enrolled in higher education. This is 3.5 times more than in 2005/2006, when the number was 33,000,” read the statement.

Also, in the 2021/22 academic year, the international student body consisted of 80,400 university students and 34,800 students from Universities of Applied Sciences (HBOs).

The 2020/21 school year saw an increase in the number of domestic students in the first year, as there was a high pass rate in secondary education and fewer opportunities for a gap year abroad due of the pandemic. In the 2021/22 academic year, the number of first-year Dutch students had more or less returned to pre-pandemic levels.

The national statistics department also reveals that 12.5 thousand international university students also enrolled in 2005/06 and 20.6 thousand HBO international students.

International students from 2017/18 are more likely to enroll in universities at bachelor’s level than in a master’s program.

Specifically, data from Statista, a German company specializing in market and consumer data, shows that in recent years the total number of international students from Europe has increased. In the 2005/06 academic year, 63% of all international students were from Europe, up from 76% in 2021/22.

“A fifth of all international students came from Germany (24.5 thousand). The share of German students has decreased in recent years. For example, in 2009/2010, still almost half of international students were German nationals. The proportion of students from other European countries has increased. In 2021/22, 19.6,000 students came from Asia, many of them from China (over 5,000) and India (over 3,000),” explains the press release.

However, HBO international students are much more likely to enroll in law, administration, business, and business services courses in the 2022 academic year than Dutch students.

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