Why study in the Netherlands?
Internationally acclaimed universities
Thanks to its innovative teaching, cutting-edge facilities, and world-renowned professors, the Netherlands has achieved worldwide prestige. It now has several universities in the top 100 global rankings. With top-class education and internationally recognized diplomas, studying in the Netherlands puts you in a great position for the next steps in your future
Innovative teaching methods for the job market
The Netherlands generally takes a modern approach to education. There is a large focus on practical appication and real-world simulation. This is particularly true for the Universities of Applied Sciences. Practical problem solving, analysis, group work and out-of-the-box solutions to modern problems are a staple of Dutch education. Many universities have partnerships with reputable companies and NGOs allowing you to gain work experience through your studies.
Studying in the Netherlands gives you the preparation and tools to hit the job market running.
Small and personal student settings
Far from having a hierarchical educational system, in Dutch universities you’ll find closer and less formal relationships between students and lecturers. Students are encouraged to reach out to professors for guidance or to discuss a topic of interest. Debate in class is encouraged in order to bring international perspectives and develop a deeper understanding.
The personal settings are also illustrated in the small sizes of tutorials (usually between 15 and 25 students).
Multi-cultural & international environment
The Netherlands has the largest number of English taught programs in continental Europe with over 2,000 programs to choose from. This has led to 130,000 international students from over 150 nationalities studying here. To help incoming students settle in, there are many societies and organisations that help connect both local and international students.
The Netherlands is also incredibly English friendly, approximately 93% of the Dutch population speaks English. As a result international students find it easier to integrate.
Safe, tolerant and accepting society
The Netherlands is known for its open-minded and tolerant society, accepting people from all over the world and various walks of life. In the Netherlands you are encouraged to be who you truly are and given the freedom to explore all aspects of your personality.
According to the Global Peace Index, the Netherlands is also one of the safest places in the world with very low levels of street crime.
The cost of tuition in the Netherlands is relatively low compared to other international study destinations like the UK, US or Canada. EU students can expect to pay about 2,000 euros per year on tuition fees and Non EU students can find courses as cheap as 6, 000 euros in annual tuition fees.
Ease of travel inside and between cities
All Dutch cities are very walk and bike friendly. Next to that, the well-connected public transport system can get you smoothly to where you want to go. This means you almost never need a taxi to get anywhere.
With a highly efficient and reliable train system Traveling between cities is also incredibly easy. Most major cities, including Amsterdam, the Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht are less than hour away from eachother by train! And you can just as easily travel to Brussels, Paris, London or Berlin in less than a few hours.
Great post study options
The Netherlands is always looking for talented expats to settle down and contribute to the local economy. As a result, the government has implemented several schemes to help students stay after their studies such as the Orientation Year Visa or Start-Up Visa give you plenty of time to find a job or start your own company.
Overall, the Netherlands is a great country to start your career!