A total of 85,955 international students from 170 countries were studying in the Netherlands last year, accounting for an increased share of the total university student body, figures released by Dutch internationalisation agency Nuffic show.
Ingrid van Engelshoven called on institutions to "take responsibility" to ensure that higher education remains accessible to Dutch students, and that the use of English is substantiated by a rationale.
The number of international students on full degree programs in the Netherlands has doubled in the last 10 years to more than 81,000, bringing the total number of foreign students in Dutch higher education to a record high of over 112,000.
A change in permit rules in the Netherlands will give international students an extended period of time to apply for year-long residence though the Orientation Year permit, following graduation, it has been announced.
The Dutch government has created a scholarship programme for Canadian students to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation from World War II German occupation, where Canadian soldiers played a significant role in liberating the country.