After the overtaking of the City by the Amsterdam stock exchange, the Netherlands are ready to take up the baton of the United Kingdom as a favorite destination for foreign students, especially European ones. With the exit of Great Britain from the European Union, in fact, European students no longer have a privileged status: with Brexit they are equated with those of Third countries and find themselves having to pay higher fees and tuition in British universities. For this reason, many of them have started looking for alternative destinations to perfect their studies and Holland seems to be the most coveted.
How the university grows in the Netherlands (thanks to English)
The trend had already been anticipated by a survey conducted in summer 2020 by Study.eu, on a sample of 2,505 young Europeans who were planning to study in the UK for a degree or a master’s degree. Almost half of the respondents (49%) said they would chooseor the Netherlands as an alternative destination, followed by Germany (36%). Another 19% indicated France and 16% Ireland.
According to Jeroen Wienen, the spokesperson for the Dutch National Students Association, the international vocation of the Dutch study system and the wide range of high-level courses in English could allow the Netherlands to attract more and more students in the coming years. This is mainly due to the fact that our programs are of high quality, people speak English well and there are many study programs that are entirely in EnglishWienen told Euronews.
95% of the Dutch speak English
In this regard it is worth mentioning that in 2020 the Netherlands ranked first in the EF English Proficiency Index, the index it evaluates the command of the English language in non-English speaking countries. 95% of the Dutch speak English, making it very easy for foreign students to communicate even outside the academic world.
Over 2,000 study courses in English in the Netherlands
In addition, Dutch universities offer approx 2,000 courses of study entirely in English, more than any other European country.
Another advantage over the UK is the economic one. The registration fees and the cost of livingin fact, they are lower. Furthermore, the average level of Dutch universities is good and there is no shortage of examples of excellence. According to the data of Qs ranking 2020 the Netherlands can boast the best course in the world in Communication and media (in Amsterdam). Second places for Architecture and Civil Engineering (at the University of Delft), Dentistry (Amsterdam). And excellent locations for programs too vet of Utrecht (fourth best in the world), mechanical engineering in Delft (fifth place), Classical and ancient history in Leiden (sixth).
London’s farewell to Erasmus
The flight of European students from London favored by the decision of the British government to leave the program Erasmus, a decision that forces young Europeans to ask the visa to study in Great Britain it’s at pay higher university tuition.
Thanks to Erasmus every year more than 16,000 students from Great Britain have studied in Europe, while about 32,000 Europeans have studied in the United Kingdom.
The British government has promised to launch a replacement program, renamed Alan Turing in honor of the famous English mathematician, which is expected to leave in September 2021, with an initial loan of one hundred million pounds. While the government of the Republic of Ireland has made it known that it will continue to finance the program Erasmus+ also for Northern Irish students.
Funding (more generous) for European students
For years, Britain has been the favorite destination of many young Europeans, who have guaranteed the British economy a surplus of 243 million pounds a year. With the United Kingdom leaving Erasmus, those same students decided to fall back on other European countries, the Netherlands in the lead.
The European Union’s decision to increase resources for the student mobility program also makes European destinations more competitive. From the 14.7 billion euros of the old Erasmus + Program (2014-2020) we move on to over 26 billion of the one just started (2021-2027).