The University of Amsterdam intends to limit international students

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) plans to experiment with a quota to limit the number of international students from the next academic year. This is one of the “desperately needed” steps the UvA will take to give Dutch students more opportunities to pursue popular studies, UvA board chairman Geert ten Dam told the NRC.

The UvA plans to implement the study quota in popular psychology and political science from the next academic year. Two-thirds of psychology students at UvA now come from overseas, Ten Dam said. “We’re getting to the point where Dutch students in Hoorn, Emmen and Amsterdam West can’t get popular studies because foreign students outrank them,” she said.

Universities are not allowed to discriminate by selecting students based on their nationality. Hence this experience, said Ten Dam. The UvA wants to anticipate political decision-making on the subject and help Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf “to determine whether a maximum number of international students leads to greater accessibility for Dutch students”, said Ten Dam. .

Other Dutch universities would also like to slow down the number of international students. According to the umbrella organizations of universities in the Netherlands, universities would impose a quota for international students in 20 study programs if they could. “Since 2018, we have been calling for legislation allowing the introduction of a fixed number of baccalaureate holders taught in English while keeping the Dutch-speaking variant accessible. Prohibited. We also want programs to be able to say, for example, a maximum of 50 students from outside Europe. Also banned,” President Pieter Duisenberg told the newspaper.

A massive shortage of student accommodation is also a problem. Over the summer, several Dutch universities, including Utrecht University, UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, called on international students to change their study plans if they had not found accommodation in August.

“The national government needs to do more, but the UvA can also do something, like eliminate some of the English courses,” said Job Vermaas, board member responsible for housing issues for the student body of UvA. Amsterdam ASVA. NLTimes.

The NL Times contacted ASVA for a comment on UvA’s plan to introduce a quota for international students, but no spokesperson was immediately available.

Most Dutch universities do not want to expand further, the NRC found in a survey of higher education institutions. Over the past two decades, the number of university students in the Netherlands has doubled from 170,000 to 340,000. The number of international students has increased from 6,500 in 2015 to 18,000 last year. This growth has not been accompanied by additional funding. It was only this year that the Cabinet set aside almost a billion euros more for additional staff and premises.

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