Study in The Netherlands

Introduction

The Netherlands in Europe is famous for its flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills, and cycling routes. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII. 

The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces and is known as “Holland. The two provinces which include Holland are- Noord- and Zuid-Holland. The 12 provinces together are the Netherlands. 

In the Netherlands approximately 95% of locals speak English which makes living, studying, and working in the Netherlands very convenient, comfortable, and pleasant for international students.

Top Reasons to Study in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is known for its renowned standard of education and comparatively low cost of living. Also, many Dutch universities offer grants and scholarships that can reduce or fully cover the tuition fees of study programs.

Dutch universities are among the best universities in the world. 

The Netherlands is one of the top non-English speaking countries where you can study abroad, get Quality education & Degrees taught in English.

Types of programs in Netherland Universities

Dutch degrees & qualifications

The following degrees are available in the Dutch system which does not differ much from the European system.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BSc, BEng): 3-4 Years
  • Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MEng): 1-2 Years
  • Ph.D.: 4 Years
  • Postdoctoral research

There are primarily three different types of institutions. 

Research Universities, 

Universities of Applied Science

Institutes for International Education.

Certain degree levels are only available from each institution type.

Bachelors: Available at Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences

Masters: Available at all Institution types

PhDs: Available only at Research Universities

Admission Requirements-

Dutch credit system (ECTS scheme)

The study workload is measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. 

Student workload is the notional time an average student needs to achieve the objectives of a program. This includes lectures, seminars, assignments, laboratory work, independent study, and exams.

The ECTS credit system is used to evaluate different universities, programs, courses, modules, dissertations, or even students’ qualifications.

Credits are awarded after the completion of the program.

Entry requirements for universities in the Netherlands

The first step is to contact the international office of the university you are interested in to check whether your degree (obtained in your homeland) is recognized in the Netherlands. 

Once your degree is recognized in the Netherlands, you may need:

  1. Residence permit if you are not an EU / EEA or Swiss citizen.
  2. English Language Score: TOEFL (minimum 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based), IELTS (minimum average of 6) GMAT or GRE.
  3. A minimum average of 7 - 7,5 (foreign diploma).
  4. Institutions may reject your application or ask you to take some admission tests if they believe you are not fully qualified.
  5. Most universities may also offer you courses in Dutch as a second language so you can prove that you have sufficient mastery of the language.
  6. Required average scores vary depending on university and major. Note that for some programs, the number of applicants is much higher than that of available places - in this case, a selection procedure takes place.

Top Universities in the Netherlands

  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • ArtEZ University of the Arts
  • Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Global School for Entrepreneurship
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
  • Hotelschool The Hague
  • HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Leiden University
  • Maastricht University
  • Nyenrode Business University
  • Radboud University
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Stenden University of Applied Sciences
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Tilburg University
  • University of Groningen
  • University of the Arts, The Hague
  • University of Twente
  • Utrecht University
  • UvA University of Amsterdam
  • VHL University of Applied Sciences
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Cost of Studying in the Netherlands

The cost of study at Dutch universities and other higher education institutions depends on a student’s nationality.

University fees for Dutch and EU students

For students from the Netherlands, other EU/EEA countries, Switzerland or Surinam, the cost of study at Dutch universities and higher education institutions are mostly covered by the government.

However, these students are required to contribute a statutory tuition fee an annual amount of around 2.000 euros, set by the government.

University fees for non-EU students in the Netherlands

For non-EU students study costs are usually higher when coming to the Netherlands. 

This amount depends on the institution, the degree, the student’s residence permit type, whether they have studied before, and if they have obtained a scholarship. 

To know the exact amount, it’s advised to research costs directly with the institution of your choice. 

Private school costs in the Netherlands

Private schools such as business schools, run bachelor and MBA programs with tuition fees ranging from roughly 16.000 to 36.000 euros for a complete program.

Student Financing in the Netherlands

The Dutch government also has a student financing system to assist students with paying for their study and living costs, including public transport. What it comprises exactly depends on what you study. Student financing is available to Dutch students, however, non-Dutch students are sometimes also eligible if they have EU citizenship or a type II, III, or IV residence permit. 

Additional costs while studying

Extra costs that need to be taken into consideration include:

Visa and residence permit fees.

Travel costs to arrive in the Netherlands.

Accommodation in the Netherlands (e.g. short stay, room, apartment, student housing, etc.).

Dutch health insurance depending on where you are from and how long you are staying.

Study materials such as textbooks or equipment.

Travel costs to places such as shopping, using public transport, and leisure activities.

Students are often eligible for discounts at many bars, restaurants, museums, and cinemas.

Study costs are tax-deductible

If case you are working while studying in the Netherlands, you can deduct study costs on your annual income tax return. Deductible study costs include:

Programs and degrees such as an MBA, Master’s, Bachelor’s, MBO, or certain personal development courses

Textbooks

A computer

Study materials such as specialized software or equipment

Note- Language courses, travel costs, and accommodation are not deductible. 

The Netherland’s Student Visa Process

The Holland student visa process for a Non –EU student is as below.

Provincial Residence Permit- MVV, officially known as Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf (MVV). This is also known as the permit to enter the Netherlands. The MVV is applied for on the student’s behalf by the university.

MVV allows entry into the country for six months. Most of the courses at universities last for 1 to 4 years, a mere MVV will not suffice. Hence the other option is to apply for VVR.

VVR or a Residence Permit -once you enter the country, you need to apply for VVR or a Residence Permit. The VVR is also applied for by the host university.

VVR is valid for the duration of the program and is permitted only for study purposes the student had enrolled in. There is another condition attached with the validity of VVR. It stays valid provided the student scores 50% of credit throughout the course duration.

As the Netherlands is a part of the European Union, international students from the EU or EEA get special privileges and have different requirements. They require neither the MVV nor VVR for studying in the Netherlands. Such students have to simply request their host institutions to register them with the immigration authority.

For students from the USA, Canada, Vatican City State, Monaco, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, only a VVR is required.

Requirements for Student Visa for the Netherlands

For the successful grant of a student visa for the Netherlands, you must submit these compulsory documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Sufficient financial Proof -means validating that you will be able to support yourself financially during your stay. These include either or all transfer of funds, bank statement, and scholarship letter.
  • Letter from the university you have chosen confirming your admission or enrollment
  • Proof of payment for all required legal fees
  • Health insurance
  • NUFFIC-certificate, a requirement only for Chinese students
  • Other document requirements are:
  • Completed application form
  • Two photographs meeting the officially specified conditions
  • Birth certificate
  • Academic transcripts

Insurance Requirements

Netherlands student visa requirements-students are required to have valid health insurance to bear their medical expenses in the Netherlands if required. For non-EU, non-EEA, and students from Switzerland, their EU Health Insurance Card should be sufficient.

For those working in the Netherlands, it is compulsory to take the Dutch basic healthcare insurance. Keep this in mind if you intend to work part-time during your course.

Students should find out from their host institution for details on health insurance requirements and references for an insurance company. Many private companies also offer special insurance packages for students.

Some other insurance options are not required but are strongly advised. Personal liability insurance is for insuring you against costs incurred by you in case of damage to someone or their property. Repatriation insurance should also be considered. It covers you against the transferring cost incurred if a serious medical condition requires returning you to your home country. Household contents insurance covers you against any unfortunate damage to your house due to fire, water damage, and theft, among others things.

Top Courses in the Netherlands

  • Systems Thinking for Sustainability: Complex Systems Analysis Course - Except Integrated Sustainability
  • International Bartender Course.
  • Short Course in Social Media and Online Marketing.
  • Sustainable Urban Development.
  • Data Analytics Bootcamp Course.
  • Try Entrepreneurship in 90 Days.
  • Literature and Society. Bachelor Degree.
  • Economics and Business Economics. BSc.
  • Double Bachelor BSc² in Econometrics and Economics. BSc.
  • Management & Leadership. MA.
  • Marketing Management - Digital Business Concepts. Bachelor Degree.
  •  
  • Horticulture & Business Management.
  • International Tourism Management.

Work while studying in Netherland

Many students choose to work while pursuing their education in the Netherlands. It depends on their nationality, if students may work for up to sixteen hours a week with a work permit from their employer. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are allowed to work in the Netherlands as many hours as they choose while studying.

Internship Opportunities in Netherland

Internships and industrial placements will only be arranged for students if they are included in the program being followed, however, these can be full-time, and there is no limit to what a student may earn. It is expected for students to earn between 6 and 10 euro per hour for part-time work they find themselves.

Career Opportunities in Netherland

Careers in Holland offers the best international recruitment solution for jobs in Holland in IT, engineering, high tech, and science on BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. levels

Holland has fast-growing industries and is a key player in the business world. The sectors offering great employment opportunities in Holland include agriculture and food, creative, chemicals, energy, high-tech systems and materials, horticulture, life sciences, and health, logistics, and water. Large Dutch multinational companies include:

  1. Philips
  2. KLM
  3. Shell
  4. ING Bank
  5. Unilever

There are lots of opportunities for ex-pats to work in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is home to a wide range of international and multinational companies; Dutch internationals include ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell Group, Unilever, Philips, and Heineken.

 The Netherlands has a relatively stable economy backed by a number of foreign investments encouraged by advantageous tax conditions. The country also has a diverse, well-educated population, almost 24% of whom are foreign or ethnic minorities.

Jobs in the Netherlands

  • The country is a world leader in agriculture, beaten only by the USA in terms of food exports. Its top commodities include:
  • machinery
  • electrical equipment
  • mineral fuels
  • pharmaceuticals
  • medical apparatus.
  • POPULAR GRADUATE JOBS
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Transport and logistics

According to iamamsterdam.com, the average starting salary of a university graduate in the Netherlands is €2,632 per month. This can be higher, depending on your degree subject.

Skills 

Netherland currently has the second-highest demand for engineers globally, despite its reputation as an innovative leader in high-tech engineering and technology. Other areas include:

  • IT sector- For rapid advances in technology
  • Teaching- There is a current level of trainee and qualified teachers.
  • The healthcare sector, which is under strain thanks to a growing population and longer average life expectancy, meaning more people than ever before are needing care.

Immigrate To Netherlands Post-Studies

Holland offers visas for international students who want to stay and work after graduation. With the Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment one can spend up to one year looking for work in Holland, and one can stay as long as you have that job.

To apply for permanent residency in the Netherlands you have to meet the following conditions:

You must have completed your five years of consecutive legal stay in the Netherlands.

You must have a valid resident permit or temporary stay permit at the time of applying for permanent residency in the Netherlands.

Health Care Benefits In Netherlands

People who live in The Netherlands may be entitled to a healthcare allowance. This benefit helps to cover the monthly premium payment for Dutch health insurance.

Expats or students that are (temporarily) working in The Netherlands can also apply for the healthcare allowance.

Requirements for Dutch healthcare allowance

You need to meet the following conditions:

You are at least 18 years old.

You have Dutch health insurance.

You have an EU nationality, a valid residence permit, and/or work permit.

You earn below a certain level 

Your assets are less than a certain amount 

Income requirements for healthcare allowance

Ex-pats majorly whether or not entitled to receive a healthcare allowance will depend on their income. The Dutch tax authorities make a distinction between being single and having a household with two incomes:

Public Transport Systems in the Netherlands

Public Transportation Consists of a variety of Modes, such as:

Cycling- Cycling is an easy mode of transport in the Netherlands. 27% of all trips are by bicycle- the highest modal share of any country in the world.

Rail Transport- Most distances traveled on Dutch public transport go by rail. Like, the Netherlands has a dense railway network, between 7,021 kilometers (4,363 mi) and 7,300 kilometers (4,500 mi) of the track.

Public Transport- Long-distance buses are limited to a few missing railway connections. Regional/rural public transport, serving small(er) towns is by bus. Local/urban public transport is also generally by bus, but the three largest cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague) all have extensive tram systems, that in each case also connect with adjacent cities in their respective urban agglomerations

Public Transportation Consists of a variety of Modes, such as:

  • Buses.
  • Cable cars.
  • Commuter trains.
  • Monorails and tramways.
  • Light rail.
  • Subways.
  • Streetcars and trolleys.
  • Taxi.
  • Vanpool Services
  • Ferries and Water Taxis

Water Transport- The Netherlands has thirteen seaports, three of which have international significance. 

Education Facilities in Netherland

The education system in the Netherlands works very well, but it is very different from most other countries. Schools following particular religious or pedagogic principles have had equal state funding to public schools since 1917.

 

Education in the Netherlands

Most children start primary school (called basisschool in Dutch) the day after their 4th birthday; whenever that is throughout the year. From their 5th birthday, all children are obliged to go to school

Pre-school education in the Netherlands

Before a child reaches primary school age, he/she could go to daycare or preschool, or a combination of the two. Daycare is meant for children from about 10 weeks up to 4 years old. Most daycares only offer full-day contracts for 1 to 5 fixed days per week. 

In most cities, preschool starts at age 2 and is offered for an average of 15 hours per week, spread out over three days.

Primary education in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there is a distinction between an open bar and bijzondere schools. The openbare schools are both funded and run by an independent foundation that was originally set up by the government. They are always non-religious. About two-thirds of the population attend bijzondere (special) schools, which have their board and often follow particular religious or pedagogic principles. 

Secondary education in the Netherlands

It has three levels of high school education, which go by the acronyms of VMBO, HAVO, and VWO. 

Here is a summary of them all:

VMBO – It is preparatory secondary vocational education, usually takes four years, and is followed by MBO,

HAVO – It is the senior general secondary education, takes five years, and is followed by HBO (Hogeschool/University of Applied Sciences);

VWO – It is pre-university education that takes six years, and students can continue to university (WO).

Higher education in the Netherlands

Since most employers ask for qualified employees, students are highly encouraged to obtain a diploma. After the above-mentioned types of secondary school, students can continue with many different types of higher education.

Bachelor and masters programs

Some HBO institutes also offer a master’s program, for which you often need to have some relevant work experience. You can also do your bachelor’s at HBO, followed by a master’s at university. With the certificate of your first year of HBO (propedeuse), you may also continue your education at university.

Education costs and funding

Municipalities sponsor parents who cannot afford the voluntary parent contribution at the government-funded schools. They can also get a contribution towards after-school activities and other costs related to raising children. Some companies pay for the international education of the children of their employees, and sometimes these fees are tax-deductible. It is a good idea to ask your HR department if this is the case.

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