Amsterdam increasingly popular with foreign students

The number of foreign students in Amsterdam continues to grow. According to AT5 (Dutch link), Amsterdam’s universities and colleges have about 25% more foreign students this year than they did last year, with about 1,000 extra international students at the UvA and roughly 500 more at the VU. This is partially explained by the growing range of English-language bachelor and master programmes offered by these schools. Amsterdam is the most popular Dutch city for foreign students.

Quality matters as well; Amsterdam universities consistently score well on international rankings. The new QS World University Rankings by Subject, for example, published on 8 March, found that the UvA’s Communication & Media Studies department came in at second place worldwide.

International Talent Event Amsterdam

Fortunately for those students and their future employers, the International Talent Event Amsterdam will take place on 21 April, connecting Amsterdam’s students to potential jobs. This annual ITEA event is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, INHolland University of Applied Sciences, amsterdam inbusiness and the Amsterdam Economic Board.

Amsterdam’s exceptional talent pool, which includes international graduates from the city’s universities, will be able to mingle recruiters from large multinational corporations and young startups. The event will also feature workshops, seminars and coaching sessions to help students master the skills they need to enter the workforce.

Last year’s ITEA 2016 had about 900 international attendees and more than 300 representatives from companies such as Nike and Oracle. The 2017 event is expected to attract a similar turnout, with representatives from ING, Patagonia, Monsanto, Booking.com and Whirlpool conducting interviews for intern and graduate positions.

Students will get tips on how to interview better and make their CVs stand out, and specialists will answer questions about the orientation year permit, the startup visa and more. A professional photographer from Amsterdam-based recruitment agency Young Financials will also be on hand to take LinkedIn profile pictures.

The City of Amsterdam even provides a job-search tool, which lists thousands of current vacancies in the Amsterdam region.

What the ITEA can do for your company

The majority of the attendees have an international background and are fluent in English as well as other languages. They are currently studying or have recently graduated in fields such as ICT, business, finance and marketing, and are actively seeking to enter the workforce.

Find out more about how your company can participate in ITEA 2017.