Study In Holland
The Dutch higher education system enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. This quality is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. Life in Holland is not expensive compared with English-speaking countries and tuition fees are relatively low. With the renowned quality of education and the comparatively low cost of living, studying in Holland will give you true value for money.
Holland is a creative nation. Dutch people enjoy innovating and constantly ask themselves and others questions to come up with new ideas. They are entrepreneurs and discoverers. What’s more, they are true pioneers. The nation has brought forth Nobel Laureates and daring philosophers, artists and scientists.
Dutch people really want to be connected to other cultures, the world and the business community. This means that as a student you will take part in international classes. Holland in fact has over 81,700 international students.
Living in Holland
In the 2010-2011 academic year, 81,700 international students were studying in Holland. These students come from many different countries and backgrounds. They all have their own unique experience in Holland, but it is always truly international.
Some students have written down their experiences in testimonials for you to read.
Learning a bit about Holland’s culture and geography may help you to get to know the country. In this section you can find a short introduction to various aspects of working while you are studying and traineeships.
The Dutch government attempts to make Dutch higher education as accessible as possible to students and mid-career professionals from other countries.
In Holland, higher education is subsidized, which means that tuition fees can be kept relatively low, especially when compared with the United Kingdom and the United States.
The easiest and cheapest way to study in Holland is through an exchange programme. Many Dutch higher education institutions have exchange agreements with partner institutions in countries throughout the world. Exchange programmes and agreements are often limited to specific fields or disciplines. Ask your own university or college about the possibilities.
The online search engine Grantfinder gives a complete overview of scholarships available for students who wish to come to Holland.
Nuffic administers a number of scholarships listed in Grantfinder.
To be admitted to a programme of higher study, foreign students should first contact the institution that offers the programme. The institution can tell you exactly which admission requirements apply to the programme of your choice.
The main requirement for admission to a bachelor’s programme is a secondary-school diploma at the appropriate level. Foreign students must have a qualification equivalent to the minimum diploma required. There are also study programmes – in the arts for example – for which institutions set their own additional requirements.
For admission to a master’s degree programme, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. In certain popular fields, the number of places is limited and quotas are set.
It is essential for foreign students to be able to speak, read and write English well. Students must have passed an English language test. IELTS and TOEFL are commonly accepted, but institutions may accept other tests as well.
The required scores are at least 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) for TOEFL. For IELTS a score of at least 6 is required.
The following procedures apply to EU/EEA or Swiss students (except for Bulgarians and Romanians).
You do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands, neither for a short, nor for a long stay. All you need is a valid passport. You may travel through all EU countries freely.
Formalities on arrival
You are required to short stay visa, sometimes abbreviated in Dutch to 'VKV'.
Staying longer than 90 days
You need an entry visa for the Netherlands. This entry visa is known as a register at your local municipality. As a EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, there is nothing you need to do.
Staying longer than 4 months
You are required to register with the immigration authorities. Though this is not compulsory, it is nevertheless advisable. It will make a number of things easier, such as getting a telephone subscription or rental contract.
Work permit (Tewerkstellingsvergunning: TWV)
You do need a insured against the cost of medical treatment. This is a requirement under Dutch law.