Admission restricted on some courses

The record numbers are largely due to the popularity of English-language programmes in the Netherlands. In particular, courses at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Rotterdam School of Management regularly attract many international students. The maximum number of students has been reached in programmes in Rotterdam, Groningen and Amsterdam, while the University of Groningen and the UvA have requested a Numerus Fixus. This means places on the course will be restricted and the university has the right to choose who to accept onto the programme.

An increase in popularity

For the 2018/2019 academic year, the number of first-year students enrolled at the UvA is 1,800, half of which are international students – a 4% increase from last year. Meanwhile, in Groningen the number of first-year students has risen from 1,040 to 1,350. Rotterdam received 2,400 applications for its English-language programme that only has space for a maximum of 550 students. Three quarters of the applicants were from abroad.