• For the first time since 2005, the top 3 destination countries does not include the United States of America.
  • In 2020, Germany overtook the USA as the third most popular destination for Dutch degree students. The number of students from the Netherlands registered for a tertiary education programme in Germany increased by 20.4% between 2019 and 2020 (+366).
  • 2020 saw a 16.3% drop in the number of Dutch degree students enrolled at higher education institutions in Belgium (-835).
  • The number of Dutch students studying in the UK also fell relative to 2019. The UK hosted 4.0% fewer Dutch degree students in 2020 (-153).

Please note that data for Germany and South Africa are only available from 2013 onwards. In addition, the 2018 data for Belgium are incomplete.

For more detailed information about all destination countries of Dutch degree students, see Dutch degree students abroad.

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