Facts and figures
These interactive dashboards show the latest figures and mobility statistics of internationalisation in Dutch education.
Countries of origin
Germany remains by far the most important country of origin, followed by Italy (2nd), China (3rd), Belgium (4th) and Bulgaria (5th). The United Kingdom has lost its place in the top 5.
Fields of study
Most international degree students study economics & business. Fine arts & liberal arts and sciences have the highest relative shares of international students enrolled.
Regions and universities
Maastricht University enrolls the most international degree students, followed by the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen.
In 2019 – 2020, 14.821 international degree students from countries with a Neso office were enrolled in the Netherlands.
Dutch degree students abroad
About 2 in every 100 students from the Netherlands study abroad for a full degree programme. Belgium (Flanders), the UK, the US and Germany are the most popular destinations.
The portable government grant and/or loan ('meeneembare studiefinanciering') is an important source of funding for Dutch degree students abroad.
Global mobility streams
Over 4.5 million degree students studied abroad in 2016. The US, the UK and other English-speaking countries are the most popular destinations for international degree students.
See which fields of study were popular among Dutch graduates who went abroad during their study programmes and how this trend has developed over the years.
Erasmus+ higher education students mobility
Discover where Dutch students go for an Erasmus exchange, either for a study programme or an internship.
Erasmus+ staff mobility
Teaching and research staff can use the Erasmus+ programme to gain work experience abroad. Find out who goes where.
Stayrates of international graduates
Almost 25% of the international students who studied in the Netherlands still live here 5 years after graduating.