the netherlands 

why study in the netherlands?

    The Netherlands is a very promising country, and in recent years it has been one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. The Netherlands is a leading economy and the country is known for the long life expectancy of its inhabitants, its many bicycles and fields of tulips. It is a very small and highly advanced country, and since 2015, it has been one of the top destinations for studying. The Netherlands abounds in highly ranked state universities. It is on a par with Sweden and Denmark in terms of knowledge of the English language and its practical application, and as much as 95% of the population speaks it fluently. More and more European and US companies are collaborating with universities to recruit the best students for the job. More than 2,100 programmes in the Netherlands are available in English, while for other European countries this is not the case.

    how much does it cost to study in the Netherlands?

     

    The cost of study varies depending on whether you are an EU or a non-EU student. If you are an EU student, under a new law, your first year will cost you only €1,000, and the other two €2,000 each. If you are a non-EU student, the price ranges from €5,000 to €15,000 per year, depending on the desired programme and university.

    Student dormitories are not common in the Netherlands and you should rent an apartment with someone else or by yourself; they are regarded as university residences. The monthly cost of accommodation varies from €400 upwards, depending on the location and whether you are sharing with someone. In accordance with Dutch laws, you may spend no more than one year in a particular accommodation facility, and after that you must move to a different one.


    The most famous university for business studies is Erasmus University in Rotterdam, immediately followed by the University of Amsterdam. Known for their very selective criteria, they represent the two best institutions that the Netherlands offers. Other universities like Tilburg, Maastricht, Utrecht, Groningen, Fontys, TU Eindhoven, Vrije and many others are not lagging behind in quality and offer an excellent choice of IT and social science programmes.

    visas for studying in the netherlands

     

    If you have received an invitation letter from the university, this is one of the most practical visas to apply for. The university does everything for you, and you just need to provide the necessary documents. It is necessary to deposit the money for tuition onto the account of the university, and you will need an extra €10,000 per year to cover the cost of living.


    You need two photographs, confirmation from the bank about the state of your financial assets, and a statement on the origin of the money. In the case of applying for a Dutch visa, it is not necessary to go to the embassy, and after completing the process, everything will be sent to your email address.


    Subsequently, the university will provide you with clear instructions via email, as well as with information about which documents you are supposed to have with you when entering the country. A visa is issued, as in other countries, for a period of one year, after which you are entitled, if you have passed the minimum number of required exams, to renew your visa and continue your stay in the Netherlands.

    living in the netherlands during and after study

     

    The Dutch towns are very cosy and really well organised. Everything is digitalised, so you can forget about using cash. It is very important to have a payment card, because that is how everything works in the Netherlands. On Sundays almost nothing is open, so get your errands done on the other days. Public transportation is very well organised, although bike is the main means of transport. Therefore, it is recommended for you to purchase one upon arrival. There is a saying: "Purchase a €10 bike, and a €100 padlock." There are also special bicycle parking racks, and they are widely used by the Dutch in winter as well. Food is more expensive, but given their living standard, the prices are still affordable. The average monthly costs of living amount to €1,200, including accommodation. You can always find part-time jobs (up to 20 hours a week) and those are usually paid quite well.


    If you work as a waiter’s assistant at the weekends, you can earn up to €500. There is also an option to work on campus, in a library, or in one of numerous museums. Upon completing your studies, you have a lot of employment options, and since the Dutch system is practice-oriented, you can apply for an internship in one of the companies while still in your second or third year of studies. If you want to stay, you have six months to find a job after completing your studies, and then you can replace the student visa with a working one. On the basis of everything that has previously been said about the Netherlands, a clear conclusion can be drawn that this is an extremely well-organised and tempting destination for continuing your studies.