UM and the political debate on internationalisation

Internationalisation of education, and specifically the influx of international students, is a hot topic in Dutch politics. This will still be the case in 2024. As the most international university in the country, Maastricht University closely monitors the developments. The guiding principle for UM remains: an international university in a highly international and ageing border region is both natural and essential. Appropriate regulations and international orientation are essential to prevent the devastation of education in Limburg, you can read more about this in this press release.

For the Netherlands as a whole, the number of international students has significantly increased in recent years. Universities themselves also aim for a good balance in the intake of both Dutch and international students, which can prevent issues such as housing problems due to rapid growth. Customisation is the guiding principle: each university has its own profile and operates in a region with its unique challenges.

This applies to Maastricht University as well: an international university with a unique profile, deeply rooted in an international region. The diversity of our community – both students and staff - is of great value to ourselves and our surroundings. As an international university, we continue to play our role as a driver for socio-economic development in the region.

What will exactly change in government regulations for the influx of international students and the distribution of English-Dutch as the language of instruction in the coming years is uncertain. We will keep our UM community and prospective students informed. Below, you will find the most current news and updates on this matter.

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  • Dutch universities have jointly announced measures to manage the intake of international students and enhance Dutch language proficiency.  Maastricht University is committed to finding tailored solutions that align with both the university and its environment. 

  • The Netherlands does not yet have a new government. For universities, a lot of uncertainty remains, though it is clear that some things are set to change. Politicians want nationwide rules to limit the number of international students.