The Netherlands is also often called 'Holland', a name that refers to the area that is nowadays taken up by the two western coastal provinces, North and South Holland. In the 17th century this was the most powerful area of the Dutch Republic and many people still use the name Holland to refer to the country as a whole.
For decades the country’s historical ties with other parts of the world has brought foreigners to settle in Holland, bringing some of their own ideas and cultures. This makes the Dutch generally open-minded and tolerant. Dutch society is now home to over 200 different nationalities. With a low level of violence and street crimes, the country is a must go place.
Its universities are being ranked well in the world, offering wide range of Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral and English Language programs for the local as well as foreign students.
Holland has a typically moderate marine climate being neither too cold in the winter, nor too hot in summers but there is always sufficient moisture in the air for a shower. Day time temperatures varies from 2°C-6°C in the winter and 17°C-20°C in the summer.
Why Study in Netherlands?
Holland Universities welcome students from all across the globe such that 1 in 10 students is and international student. Holland is facilitating around 90,000 international students and the number is continuously increasing. With a low tuition fee and cost of living Dutch Universities are providing students with high quality education and value for their money. By studying in Holland, students develop valuable skills and are successful in their careers. The country offers a sense of security & happiness, is a gateway to Europe and also provides international career opportunities.
Dutch universities are acknowledged worldwide for;
- Their well-designed, modern courses and facilities,
- Teamwork focused teaching style,
- Strong emphasis on good personal relations between professors and students,
- General and Specialized studies,
- High emphasis on relevant practical experiences.
Cost of Living in Netherlands
The daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and cinema tickets. But housing and insurance costs also need to be taken into account. Experience has shown that students living and studying in Holland for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.
Housing: An average room in Holland costs €300 to €600 a month. The costs depend on the city where you study, what is included in the rent and the arrangements made by the institution.
Food: Food is estimated to take a third of your income. Fortunately, most higher education institutions offer hot meals at reasonable prices. Many cities have cafes where you can get a good meal at a good price. But the cheapest way to eat is to do your own cooking.
Transportation: You can get around town easily on a bicycle. This is not only typically Dutch but also a cheap means of transportation. Bus tickets cost around €2 for a single fare in the city. You can consider buying a discount card for train tickets, which gives you 40% reduction in off-peak times.
Cost of Study in Netherlands
As all around Europe, Dutch universities have implemented tuition fees for EU/EEA students, regardless of their nationality. The annual tuition fees for a degree program or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at approximately;
- Bachelor programs €7,500 per year - Total Cost 3 year degree = €22,500
- Master of Business Administration is €7,150 per year - Total Cost 18-24 month degree = €14,300
- Master of Science - Total Cost €12,300
Eligibility Criteria for International Students
Bachelors ProgramIn the Netherlands, Universities are required to consider applications from students who have completed high school to the level that enables them to apply to University in their own country, and the admissions office has overviews of all high school qualifications from different countries that allow entry into the Bachelor program.
Final Year of Degree Program (Top up Degree)Students with successful study experience equivalent to 160 European Credits in a related business or economic field are able to enter directly into the Final year program (80 credits). The examination and graduation board will decide on entry based on credit transcripts and qualifications presented.
English Language RequirementsStudents are required to pass English Language proficiency tests generally acceptable in Holland. Students passing with IELTS 6 bands or TOEFL Equivalent can easily obtain admission in Dutch Universities.
Students who have studied their complete previous education in English, and this can be verified, are exempt from the English Language Requirements.
Dutch Universities offer Masters Programs in Business, Hospitality and Tourism and Science.
Masters of Business Administration:
Applicants opting for MBA need a minimum of 3 years professional experience. They also need to fulfill English Language requirements; IELTS 6.5 band or TOEFL Equivalent.
*For undergraduate students: if the English language proficiency requirements are not met, but the student has an IELTS score of at least a 5.5 and less than a 6.0, the student can join the Preparation Course for half a year.
*For postgraduate students: if the English language proficiency requirements are not met, but the student has an IELTS score of at least a 6.0 and less than a 6.5, the student can join the Preparation Course for half a year.