Finding the right university to attend can be quite tough, especially if your options are very broad and you don’t know what to choose. Well, let’s help you narrow it down.
One interesting fact you should know is that universities in the Netherlands are part of the top ranking universities in the world. This implies that their standard of education is high quality and anything but sub standard. However, the ranking of the university should not form the basis of your interest in attending schools there. This is because your ability determines what you will become, not your location.
Just in case you didn’t know, the Netherlands is also known as Holland. It was the first country to offer degrees in English despite the fact that the country is a non English speaking country.
Netherlands is a beautiful and peaceful country in North Western Europe with cycling routes for bikers which goes a long way to reduce the cost of transportation. Their language, Dutch is one that is not hard to find all around the world. The small country contains a blend of German, French and British culture. Once again, due to the country’s size, transportation is not difficult and tedious. In fact, it is quite easy to move from one capital to the other.
Cost of Studying in Netherlands (Holland)
Tuition fees in the Netherlands are divided into two; one which is set by the government which in turn increases each year and the other is set by the colleges themselves for residents or people with European nationality. The fees are usually less than 9,000 Euros for the residents.
For international students outside of Europe, the fees are usually quite steep, being above 8,000 Euros. However, the universities usually make provision for the students to either pay their fees upfront or do it in a ten-month installment period. If you are interested, you can contact the University for a student loan which is often granted to the student without third party involvement.
An average tuition fee for a bachelor degree program ranges from 6,000 to 12,000 Euros depending on the course while the Masters programme is a bit higher at the rate of 8,000 to 20,000 Euros.
Cost of living
The average university session in a Dutch university runs for at least 10 months, from September to June. So, you will be calculating your cost of living for about 10 months. Transportation isn’t so much of a problem; all you need is a good bicycle, a map and a fantastic lock for your bicycle. Similarly, accommodation fees are not outrageous and are quite affordable for the average student that wants to stay outside campus. There are shared apartments which are cheaper since the fees are split between roommates.
However, you have to apply early through your university agent if you want to find a place to stay at all and the accommodation fees differ according to where you choose to stay. Other expenses roughly round up to 1000 Euros each month of your stay there which includes tuition, accommodation, feeding, books, clothes, leisure and insurance. Bars, grocery stores and restaurants are said to give discounts to students.
Take a look at the average estimate of essential goods and living there:
- Apartment: 439 Euros
- Meal: 14.67 Euros
- Water: 1.32 Euro
- Loaf of Bread: 0.95 Euro
- Local transport (one-way ticket): 1.85 Euros
Now, you have to pay attention and be very careful when choosing your course and institution in the Netherlands. Institutions in the Netherlands are divided into the research universities and the applied science universities. The standards are usually quite high. First, you find an institution and a program and then you check to see if that program is accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders). You don’t have to worry so much about learning Dutch because most of the courses are taught in English. Moving on, if you cannot fully afford the fees, you can check to see if you are eligible for a student loan or grant. Then you check for the specific requirements for your course, make enquiries for more information in order to avoid being misled. Also, you need to follow up with your immigration regulations and apply for a residence permit with the appropriate documents. The universities usually require at least 3 A ‘levels for consideration of admission. There are two ways of applying for admission; either you apply directly or through a centralised system.
For international students, you are required to go through some preparatory classes to catch up with the academic system of the country such as a pre bachelor course or a pre masters course in a local university. Foundational courses are usually taken in Amsterdam, Maastricht and Rotterdam among others.
You can also apply for scholarships through Nuffic, a non profit Dutch organisation aimed at encouraging relations in education with international students.
Criteria for Student Grants
Students earning less than 13,000 a month are allowed to apply for the student grant. You must have a residence and work permit, you must be under 30 years old and you must have lived there for at least 5 years.
The applications are available a year before admission so you can apply in October for an admission in September the next year. Applications stay open until May of the next year. However, for courses like medicine, the deadline for application is January. Similarly, in applying to research universities, the deadline is in May while for applied sciences, the deadline is August. You will need to contact the University of your Choice for more information about the deadlines.
Studying In the Netherlands: It’s Benefits
There are many benefits attached to studying in a country so far from home. You get to meet new people, gain new experiences, learn new languages, and become diverse in thinking and international work experience.
Read also:10 Main Benefits of Studying Abroad
Some Available Universities in the Netherlands include:
- University Of Amsterdam
- Amsterdam University College
- Delft University Of Technology
- University of Groningen
- University of Twente
- Utrecht University
- Tilburg University
- Universiteit Leiden
- Radboud University Nijmegen
- Wageningen University
- Maastricht University