Please note that our most recent data from UNESCO are not for all countries complete for the year 2019.


  • About 6.1 million degree students studied abroad in 2019, up from 5.7 million in 2018 (+6.8%).
  • The most important sending country in 2019 was China, followed by India and Vietnam.
  • The most important receiving country in 2019 was the United States of America. This country received almost 1 million international students in this year. Australia and the United Kingdom make the top 3 of receiving countries complete.
  • Australia saw the biggest absolute increase in the number of degree students coming from abroad in 2019 (+64,646 compared to the year before), followed by Canada (+54,620) and the United Arab Emirates (+49,292).
  • 20,167 Dutch degree students studied abroad in 2019, up from 17,683 in 2018 (+14.0%).

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