The Dutch Study Abroad Market
In this market report on The Netherlands we will cover socio-economic, educational and mobility trends. The World Economic Forum has ranked the Netherlands as the third most educated country in the world. Also, in the renowned global Pisa/OECD rankings for 15-year-olds, the Netherlands is listed as one of the best performers. A third of Dutch 25-64 year olds hold a university degree, which is significantly higher than the OECD average of 24%.
All 13 state-funded Dutch universities typically score well in The Times Higher Education World (THE) University Ranking. 8 out of 13 research universities are in the top 100. All 13 research universities are in the THE top 200. No other country can match this.
The Netherlands seeks to attract growing numbers of international students and knowledge migrants. To this end, it considers internationalization vital for its knowledge economy. Attracting foreign talent is also a means to curb the aging of Dutch society and to counter labor shortages. The Dutch population will be over the age of 50 by 2020.
In terms of student mobility, the Erasmus program has always been one of the study abroad pillars. Tertiary degree mobility currently stands at 18,438. Most Dutch students study in Belgium, UK, US and Germany.
The Netherlands is also a popular study abroad destination. It is home to over 50,000 international students. This is a direct result of the internationalization policies of recent decades. Most master programs and an increasing number of Bachelor programs are taught in English. The vast majority of students come from Germany (over 22,000). There are nearly 5,000 students from China studying for a bachelor, master or PhD degree in The Netherlands. All this and more in the Market Report on The Netherlands.