Int’l Student Enrollments in Netherlands Spike Up – Universities Struggle to Accommodate All

A significant increase in international student enrollment in the Netherlands has been observed over the course of this year, causing problems for Dutch universities due to a lack of accommodation, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to Erudera College News, 78,361 international students were enrolled in Dutch universities this year, which is 23 percent of a total of 340,700 newcomers – a 4 percent increase in new students compared to the previous year.

“We can no longer handle this growth. There is a housing shortage, there is no longer enough space on campus, the workload of staff is unacceptably high, and the quality of our education is also under pressure. Groups are increasing, teachers are having to supervise more theses; It’s completely overflowing, said Gert Tendam, director of Van Amsterdam University.

Although this is not the first time that the Netherlands is subject to increasing numbers of young people moving there for educational purposes, the figures from 2021 show a gradual growth in new students, which is divided into two main reasons; Students who postponed their studies last year due to COVID-19 and Brexit.

The UK’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union, also known as Brexit, although it gives more decision-making autonomy and frees the country from Brussels’ tax obligations, has caused damage to many British industries and sectors, including creativity, travel and education.

An analysis of “Brexit: Estimating the Impact on UK Higher Education”, commissioned by the British government and prepared by the British Ministry of Education by London Economics, has revealed that UK universities could lose €73.1m (£62.5m) annually in fees. scholastic. Overall, these figures suggest that 57 per cent of first-year students in the EU will not enroll in UK universities.

According to a survey conducted by Study.eu last year, the following data reveals which universities are the best alternative for EU students compared to the UK:

The Netherlands (49 percent) Germany (36 percent) France (19 percent) Ireland (16 percent) Sweden (14 percent)

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Furthermore, since the UK is no longer a member state of the European Union, UK students will have to apply for a visa permit in order to pursue their studies at any of the 27 universities. The process can be long and tiring and expose students to uncertainty about missing out on their school year.

Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that British students were at risk of losing their plans due to visa application delays, especially those attending modern foreign language programs or those with internships in EU member states. Although students faced difficulties from the administrative authorities in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, applicants for visas in Spain faced the biggest challenge, as many could lose their first year of study for similar reasons.

On the other hand, the Spanish Embassy indicated that the visa application documents were incomplete or had an error. As the representative pointed out, British students must follow the same requirements as nationals of other third countries, including re-apply.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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