The University of Groningen is one of the most popular universities among foreign students in the Netherlands.
By Hans de Preter
With 6,290 international students, the university has the second largest number of non-Dutch enrolees following Maastricht University.
According to the latest figures from Dutch educational organisation Nuffic, more than half of the students enrolled at Maastricht University are internationals. The percentage of students with a foreign background at the University of Groningen is now up to 21.4 percent.
Although the city of Amsterdam has the most international degree students of all Dutch cities, the University of Groningen has a higher number of non-Dutch students than the University of Amsterdam, which has 5,916.
The international student population at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences is also on the rise: together with the UG, there are 8,754 foreign students living and studying in the city. The four largest nationalities among the internationals are German (2,753), British (459), Chinese (422) and Italian (332).