As of this year, it will be much easier for international students to join a participation council or sit on the board of a student association. Internationalisation organisation Nuffic and the Dutch National Student Association (ISO) are pleased with the news.
With Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner, how do UT students from all around the world spend this holiday season? Eight international students talk about their traditions back home and their plans. ‘Some people even repaint their gates or walls to make sure the house looks nice.’
Dutch Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven wants to prevent an excessive influx of the number of international students. Today she defends her plans in the Dutch House of Representatives. Ahead of this debate, here are some facts and opinions to put things in perspective.
In the series The International, UT students from all over the world talk about their lives, studies, choices and passions. In this episode: Jana Bergmann (22), Bachelor’s student of Communication Science. ‘We need to be proactive, not just wait for the Dutch people to teach us.’
In the series The International, UT students from all over the world talk about their lives, studies, choices and passions. In this episode: Georgios Lappas (26), Master's student of Biomedical Engineering. ‘People here are kind. From the first moment they try to integrate you.’
Student party UReka proposes to create a new minor programme focused on learning Dutch. ‘This would make it easier for international students to learn the language,’ says Hamza Riaz on behalf of UReka.
The average rent for a private-sector room is now 434 euros, a 12 percent increase compared to 2017. The increase per square metre is even higher, at 17 percent.
Amid the wide range of concerns raised about the huge influx of foreign students, one thing can be said for certain: they are a source of public revenue. Shouldn't this knowledge help put the worries to rest?
Universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands must ensure that their students once again learn to read and write proper Dutch, says the government. There will even be a standard for students’ ‘communication skills’.
Foreign students generate substantial revenues for the Dutch treasury, especially university students from outside Europe. However, the scale of this influx may pose a risk to the quality of education.
While the number of international students at the UT struggling with social and mental issues has grown, weekly women’s circles organized by the Collective Unconscious offer a safe space for sharing and learning. The founder of Wednesday Women’s Circle Julia Piedmont and two students participating in the meetings discuss the events’ benefits.
Internationalization is one of the focus points of the Vision 2020 of the University. As a result, we have seen a strong increment of international staff and students. This change poses some challenges but also brings opportunities. A lot of things have been said regarding the challenges a more diverse campus brings us. We feel the community could focus on ways to smoothen out the bumps in the road, and should embrace diversity on campus.
One third of the non-European first-year students on campus suffer from psychological and social issues that influences their study. Three kilometers away, in the ITC building, 99 percent of Master's students reach the finish line within the specified time. How does that faculty manage this?
With the ongoing internationalization of the university it is logical for UniTe, the umbrella organization of international associations, to take a more advisory role towards the UT. 'We want the voice of the international student to be heard,’ says Nynke Tilkema, chairman and ATLAS student.