Dutch universities plan to limit amount of international students

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The country is a very popular study destination for foreigners, with numbers tripling in the last decade.

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Fourteen Dutch universities are working on a program to significantly reduce the number of foreign students in order to favor local ones.

Many universities work almost exclusively in English, focusing on the international job market.

The Netherlands is very popular among students from all over the world, whose numbers have tripled in the last ten years.

Almost a third of foreigners choose to live and work in the Netherlands after obtaining their diploma.

However, this may leave few places for young Dutch people, who may struggle to find a place to study or a job after their studies.

The move sparked a backlash in the Netherlands.

Foreign students bring significant income to the country, as each individual spends tens of thousands of euros per year.

The plan is still under discussion and, if implemented, will come into force no earlier than 2025-26.

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