17% of international students drop out in year one – Study

International students are almost three times as likely as their Dutch counterparts to drop out in the first year of university in the Netherlands, a study by the education ministry has found, reports

The figures show 17% of first-year students from outside the Netherlands do not complete their first year, compared to 6% of Dutch students. A quarter of international students have not graduated after four years, against 9% of Dutch students.

However, those who make it through the first year have a roughly equal chance of going on to finish their degree: 65% of students from the European Economic Area, which includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as well as the European Union, completed their studies within four years. For other international students the proportion was 61%, compared to 60% of Dutch students.
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