A proposed bill wants schools in the Netherlands to hold more classes in Dutch

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    • Jaimee Dooley
      November 22, 2023 at 4:57 am #58079

      For all Best Fit Lists that include a program in the Netherlands, we’ve been sharing this recent announcement by the Dutch Ministry of Education – the possibility that the country would cap the number of students from outside Europe in some subjects and force universities to offer at least two-thirds of undergraduate content in Dutch, unless a university justifies an exemption beginning in 2025. At BTS we’re keeping our finger on the pulse of this possible disruption.


    • Kristin Hamaker
      November 22, 2023 at 4:57 am #61996

      Update on this topic in the Netherlands, from us at Beyond the States as of February 2024:

      So, Dutch university chiefs took it upon themselves to meet, and they’ve put a proposal together – this is only a proposal, and nothing has been implemented yet. But the plan is as follows, and this is ONLY relevant to bachelor’s programs in the Netherlands:

      1. Overall, reduce # of English-taught bachelor’s degrees
      2. Improve Dutch language proficiency (this one is a bit vague, but it may mean compulsory Dutch-language classes for international students)
      3. Cut foreign student #’s
      4. All bachelor degrees will have at least some Dutch teaching (this one is vague)
      Scrap any foundation (or bridging) years for international students
      5. Dutch universities will no longer recruit for programs where there isn’t a labor market shortage
      6. ALL programs will now be offered in Dutch (for the benefit of Dutch citizens)
      7. Work with local employers etc to increase student stay-rate

      For now, this won’t really apply to more technical degrees – like Engineering – since there is a labor shortage in this field. Some Dutch universities, that are almost entirely technical, will be exempt from these rules.

      Overall, this is pretty HUGE news, and is indicative that things are moving forward in the Netherlands on these changes. The Netherlands is, by far, the most popular country for English-taught programs, and for specific types of programs that you can’t mimic elsewhere in Europe very well.

      Here are two recent articles related to this newest update:

      Dutch universities detail plan to reduce international enrolment


    • Kristin Hamaker
      November 22, 2023 at 4:57 am #65205

      An update on this topic in the Netherlands – here is an article published this last week showing that things are moving along in that Dutch universities have now been given government’s okay to limit English-taught programs, and cap foreign students. Here is the article: https://www.dutchnews.nl/2024/05/senate-backs-plan-to-allow-universities-to-cap-english-courses/

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