- There are more bicycles in The Netherlands than people – over 22 million and counting
- An estimated 90% of the population can speak English
- "Holland" is the combined name for two of the provinces. There are a total of 12 provinces.
- The Netherlands is famous for cheese, windmills, clogs and Armin van Buuren.
Education in The Netherlands
Universities in The Netherlands
Dutch higher education offers two types of education: Research-oriented education (offered by research universities) and higher professional education (offered by universities of applied sciences). A third, smaller, branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer programmes designed especially for international students.
Colleges in The Netherlands
Vocational education (known locally as "beroepsonderqijs") varies from six-month programmes to programmes that last four years, depending on the level of specialisation. There are two pathways: school-based and work-based. There are around 70 colleges in The Netherlands, split into agriculture, specialised (for a specific industry) and multidisciplinary, which offers courses across technology, social services, economics and more.
Why study in the Netherlands
English widely spoken
Every year students from all over the world come to study in The Netherlands. Approximately 90% of Dutch citizens speak English, which makes living, studying and working in Netherlands easy and pleasant for international students. Several universities also offer courses that are taught in English, as long as you can submit proof of the required level of English.
Excellent career opportunities
The Netherlands has one of the largest economies in the world. Some of the world’s biggest multinationals are Dutch, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING and Unilever. The Netherlands is a world leader in many areas of expertise, including agriculture, water management, art & design, logistics and sustainable energy.
Affordable study costs
Compared to other English-speaking countries such as the UK or US, studying in The Netherlands is a lot more affordable. With such a high standard of living, it’s great value for money. There are also a lot of scholarship opportunities.
Safe and happy country
The Netherlands is one of the world’s safest countries and has a reputation for providing an excellent quality of life. Netherlands also often ranks high on the world happiness report and has a very high standard of living.
Cost of studying in The Netherlands
For non-EU students, the average tuition fee for a bachelor’s programme is between €6,000 and €15,000. A master’s programme costs between €8,000 and €20,000. Students living and studying in The Netherlands for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.
Student visas for The Netherlands
To study in The Netherlands for more than 90 days you will need a Provisional Residence Residence Permit and a Residence Permit. Your sponsor (the educational institution) will have to apply for this visa for you.
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Working in The Netherlands
Once you’ve completed your studies, you can apply for a one-year post-study visa. This will allow you to look for full-time work. You can also work up to a certain amount of hours per week during your studies, however you will require a work permit from your employer. You will not be permitted to work in the Netherlands on a study visa alone.
It is a legal requirement to have health insurance. There are different types and which one you need depends on your personal situation.
What Study Abroad can do for you
1. Education search
Browse through a catalogue of international universities and educational institutions to discover what they have to offer.
2. Career and study advice
We guide you through the various study abroad programmes and help you choose what and where to study.
3. Application and admissions support
Our access to the admissions department at our partner universities and educational institutions means that students get a quicker, more streamlined application process.
4. Visa application assistance
Once you’ve been accepted at an international university, we can help you secure your student visa.
5. Pre-departure assistance
We can help you organise everything from accommodation to airport pickups and orientation in your new home.
6. Immigration adviceIf you’d like to make a permanent move to the country where you’re studying, we can provide you with all the necessary information to give you the best possible chance.
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