Study abroad in the Netherlands
The Netherlands, also known as Holland, was the first non-native English speaking country to offer courses taught in English to international students. Now almost all courses offered to international students are taught in English and Dutch, which is great if you’re planning on studying in the Netherlands.
The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, where you will find over 20 education institutions of varying sizes. It is a cultural hub of the Netherlands and offers numerous museums and points of interest as well as having a very active social scene and nightlife. Other major cities such as Rotterdam, The Hague (Den Haag), Utrecht and Eindhoven all have education institutions and lots of international students. Over 16 million people live in the country where the main language is Dutch but most speak excellent English. The Netherlands has a typical maritime climate with mild winters and cool summer. Expect changeable weather conditions throughout the year with few extremes.
Higher education in the Netherlands is subsided by the government and helps to keep tuition costs below that of the main study abroad destinations like the USA, Australia or the UK. The qualifications will boost your career prospects as well as show you as an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker for choosing a less well-known destination. Studies in the Netherlands are similar to other popular study abroad destinations in terms of duration:
- Bachelor’s Degree (BA, BSc, BEng): 3-4 years
- Master’s Degree (MA, MSc, MEng): 1-2 years
- PhD: 4 years
The Dutch are a welcoming nation of open minded and tolerant people and you will find a very diverse culture in most cities and their Universities. There is a lot to do and see in the country and it offers excellent transport links to other European countries, which gives you the option of travelling and sight-seeing other popular destinations such as France and Germany at a low cost during your time there.
Dutch people are entrepreneurs and discoverers. What’s more, they are true pioneers! The country is the birthplace of Nobel Prize winners, daring philosophers, groundbreaking artists and scientists. Students are continuously encouraged to come up with creative and innovative ideas, to think beyond conventional solutions and methodologies. It is not surprising therefore that Holland has so many pioneers.
Holland is a creative nation too. Dutch people enjoy innovating and constantly ask themselves and others questions to come up with new ideas. While studying in the Netherlands, you will be encouraged to think about creative solutions. Preferably together with other students since you will only achieve innovative and creative results when working with others.
Although the buildings of a single university might be spread throughout a city and only some higher education institutions have campuses, they do have a real student culture. Each institution has a network of associations that bring students together for academic activities, sports and recreation. All of these associations are run by students, and some of them are internationally oriented. Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. And there are usually pubs, restaurants and other meeting places where many students hang out. Generally speaking, the Dutch higher education community seeks to be part of society and is not isolated from it.