40 percent of first-year college students are international students

Over the past sixteen years the number of international students has increased more than the number of Dutch students. In 2021 / ’22 there was 115 thousand international students enrolled in higher education. That is 3.5 times as many as in 2005 / ’06, when there were 33 thousand. It’s about 80.4 thousand international students at universities and 34.8 thousand HBO students in 2021 / ’22 compared to 12.5 thousand international university students and 20.6 thousand HBO students in 2005 / ’06. Since 2017 / ’18, international students at universities are more often enrolled in a bachelor’s degree than a master’s degree. Before that, they often came to the Netherlands to take a master’s degree.