Why Study in the Netherlands

Studying in the Netherlands (also known as Holland) can be an amazing experience. It has a lot of real world benefits. The education system is world class and can be either research based or practical depending on what suits your needs. It is also a more affordable option compared to the UK or USA. The Netherlands Universities all have English taught programs and most of the population speaks English.


Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that you can choose between two types of education: Research-oriented education, offered by research universities; Higher professional education, offered by universities of applied sciences. A third, smaller branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer program’s designed especially for international students.

For non-EU students the average tuition fee for bachelor’s program is between €6,000 and €15,000, for a master’s program between €8,000 and €20,000. Students living and studying in Holland for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.

If you wish to stay in the Netherlands to study at a university or at a university of applied sciences for more than 90 days, you will need a Provisional Residence Permit (mvv) and a residence permit (vvr). An mvv is a visa that is issued for a stay longer than 3 months. The sponsor submits an application both for an mvv and a residence permit at the same time. This is called the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV procedure). The educational institution is your recognised sponsor. By law, you must have healthcare insurance. The type of healthcare insurance you need depends on your personal situation.

In the Netherlands you can apply for a one year post study visa. This will allow you to look for full time work. You can also work up to 10 hours per week during your studies.

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