The number of Russian students in the Netherlands has quadrupled in the last 10 years. According to Nuffic Neso Russiain the 2016/17 academic year at the universities of Netherlands for diploma and short term programmes were registered more than 1230 students from Russia is 10% more than the year before.
The majority of students from Russia and the CIS (about 90 %) are studying graduate programs and only about 10 % are studying at the first higher. The most popular subject areas among Russians traditionally are Economics and business, art and design, engineering and technical professions.
The growing popularity of Dutch education of foreign students in the last decade is associated with a significant increase in English language programmes, their high quality and attractive price.
In addition, the increased inflow of foreigners in educational institutions of the Netherlands — a direct result of government measures to improve access to education for international students and to attract talent from around the world — for example, through scholarship programs.
A serious argument for students from Russia and CIS are good opportunities of employment of graduates in the Netherlands. This applies to professionals engaged in all key sectors of the economy of the Netherlands, but particularly high demand for technical specialists, the deficit of which is felt particularly acutely.
The Netherlands is investing significant funds and effort to develop a multinational educational environment. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Dutch universities, there are more than 112,000 students from 164 countries of the world; of these, 81,000 people registered on the programs of higher and postgraduate education. The universities actively increasing their international cooperation in research, student exchanges and academic mobility.