2020 - A year to remember although we would rather forget
An international experience that really crosses borders is impossible for many students these days. That is a shame, because we know that a foreign experience can provide students with many skills that prepare them for society and the job market of the future. These skills are badly needed during and after this crisis. In this global oriented day and age achieving international competences are very important.
One third of Dutch students and pupils postponed their study, internship or gap year abroad due to the Corona crisis. Some students abandoned their plans altogether, because they cannot postpone them without delaying their studies. This is apparent from a survey by Nuffic of Dutch students and scholars.
The Corona crisis has had a major impact on students' foreign plans - almost three-quarter (73%) indicate that corona has had a (very) major impact on their plans. Half of the respondents have changed their foreign plans, while a quarter is not sure yet. A third indicated that they would postpone going abroad for the time being.
This has had a major impact on the outgoing mobility of Dutch students. As you will also notice when you look at the numbers outbound in this report.
At the same time, our foreign partners experienced the same and could not send students / young professionals to The Netherlands.
It is positive that Dutch pupils are as enthusiastic or even more enthusiastic about a foreign experience as they were before the corona crisis. We also notice that students abroad are also still very interested in travelling to The Netherlands.
SUSP and her partners must and will therefore continue to look for ways to allow students/ young professionals to experience other cultures, views and ways of working.