It’s not surprising that English is becoming the language most frequently used in Dutch universities given the number of English-speaking students coming to the Netherlands to study. Believe it or not, the number of UK students signing up for Maastricht University increased ten-fold in 2011 alone …
According to the Independent newspaper, 400 British students took up their studies in Maastricht last autumn – compared to just 35 in 2010.
They were attracted mainly by lower fees and cheaper accommodation than in the UK. Not only that, but students who do part-time work while studying in the Netherlands also receive an additional Dutch government grant.
Maastricht’s post-graduation employment record is impressive too. Eighty-five percent of students find a job they consider appropriate to their new qualifications within one year of leaving the university.
“Studying abroad can make students stand out from the crowd”, says Professor Martin Paul, the university’s President, formerly Dean of health, Medicine and Life Sciences, who opened the academic year 2011/2012 with an address in English.
“It broadens their horizons and gives them international experience that is highly valued by employers. These days that is a very worthwhile competitive edge.”
Although it’s not required, many overseas students who come to study at Maastricht also take Dutch language courses.
At the same time, an increasing number of Dutch students are taking English language and writing courses, and having their written work professionally edited, so that they won’t be left behind by native-English speakers.