The percentage of higher educated students studying abroad has dropped from 2,4 percent in 2006 to 2,3 percent of the total amounts of Dutch students in 2007. Since 2007 it is possible for students receive their student grant abroad. This hasn’t yet lead to an increase in student willing to study abroad, conclude researchers. Students who do go abroad most often attend colleges in the United Kingdom, Belgium or Germany.
Patrica Gijzen of the International Office of Avans has a different impression. ‘The amount of Avansstudents that go abroad is increasing.’ According to Gijzen a couple of years ago ‘at least half of the students’ stayed in The Netherlands, nowadays those numbers are far down. ‘We do promote that academies and students expand their knowledge by going abroad. Most students want to go outside of Europe.’ [AR]