Dutch Universities struggling to handle the rise in Enrolled International Students

Accommodation shortages has led to increasing concerns over the unprecedented spike in the number of International students enrolled in the Netherlands this year.

Data obtained from Erudera College News indicates that over 78,000 International students are enrolled in Dutch universities this year which accounts for a quarter of the total new enrollments. This is representative of a four percent rise compared to last year’s enrollment.

Geert ten Dam, the Director of the University van Amsterdam stated that they could no longer handle the increase due to the housing shortage that has led to inadequate spaces on the campus as well as increased workload levels on staff. Geert further stated that the quality of education delivered was under immense pressure as the student to staff ratio was growing due to larger groups leading to overflows.

EU students are now considering alternatives to the UK due to Brexit and a survey conducted by study.eu revealed the top fiver alternatives to be: Netherlands (49%), Germany (36%), France (19%), Ireland (16%) and Sweden (14%).

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