Growing numbers of international students in Holland after graduation

Posted 13 November 2018

A survey from Dutch internationalisation body, Nuffic, reveals around 25% of international graduates are remaining in Holland after five years.

Of 85,880 international students surveyed, 22,000 remained five years after they graduated (between 2007 and 2013).

Nuffic’s ‘stayrates of international graduates’ report compared this to 2006, where of the 8,915 international students, 2,610 remained in Holland after five years. While of the 15,940 graduates in 2012, 3,515 remained. The total number staying has increased year-on-year.

Director-General of Nuffic said: “International students are important for our country.” 

Holland is a popular place for international graduates to start their careers and the country welcomes knowledge to grow its economy. This is supported by the ‘orientation year’, which enables international graduates to spend one year looking for employment after completing their studies.

Amsterdam careers

The Dutch capital, Amsterdam, offers exciting employment opportunities at both start-ups and leading multinational companies.

An employer based in Amsterdam spoke to us about their prime location in Amsterdam’s business district, and how they connect with local universities such as VU Amsterdam. 

Hear from a tech graduate recruiter at Optiver. 

Student success

An international graduate, Elmira began her studies at Holland International Study Centre and went on to a degree in International Business. She is now completing an internship in Amsterdam.



Read Elmira’s alumni story.

If you are interested in studying at university in Holland, find out about pathway programmes at Holland International Study Centre.