NETHERLANDS

Increase in international students at universities slows

Over 7% more international students are currently registered at Dutch universities than last year, the umbrella organisation Universities of the Netherlands reported. The number rose less sharply than in previous years. That may be due to several universities calling on students not to come if they couldn’t find accommodation, according to the organisation, reports ANP.

Students from abroad are in demand because in certain sectors, like the energy transition and digitisation, there is more demand for university-trained experts than Dutch students in training. But the need for international students is at odds with the availability of student housing in some cities.

At the start of the academic year, the housing shortage for students stood at almost 27,000 homes, Kences, the knowledge centre for student housing, reported. According to this organisation, the shortage could rise to nearly 45,000 in the 2029-30 academic year. This year, several universities, including those in Utrecht and Amsterdam, asked international students to change their study plans if they couldn’t find accommodation.
Full report on the NL Times site