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Study in Holland
To see the scenic beauty of this country while obtaining quality
education is probably the biggest plus for studying in Holland, also
known as Netherlands. Beyond everything, Holland is known as one of the
best countries in the world in terms of education. It has more than
2,100 international study programs and courses, being taught and most of
them are in English, which makes it an ideal choice for international
students. Some of the most popular cities here include Amsterdam, Velp,
Haarlem, Dronten, Assen, etc. The country offers you a rich blend of
both beautiful landscapes and a multicultural community for learning and
studying. The cost of living and studying here is at par with most
other European countries but could be reduced based on the kind of
university or program you choose. There are top hostels located here
along with getting some accommodation as paying guest or even sharing
rooms in one of the outside-campus accommodations.
Education System in Holland
Holland has a binary system of education. It 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.
admission into one of the higher education programs, one needs to
contact the institution and find out the exact admission requirements
apply to the program of your choice. For most undergraduate courses, you
need a secondary-school diploma at the appropriate level. Each
institution has a different set of criteria. However, being a smaller
nation there are always too many applicants and the quota tends to get
filled up really fast.
For admission to a master’s degree
program, one has to get the bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. You
would notice that you can opt for a diploma of your choice and this can
be seen at their official websites.
is mandatory for international students to speak, read and write
English well. Most to the universities make it mandatory to take the
English language test. IELTS and TOEFL are commonly accepted, but some
may also check for Cambridge English.
- 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. Some programs may have
cases, the university may make it mandatory for you to do some extra
preparation before taking the graduate or master course. This is also
known as the preparatory year. The Dutch higher education institution
provides you with a conditional letter of acceptance. As per the Dutch
immigration law, you are eligible to come to the Netherlands for a
maximum of one year prior to your studies to follow preparatory courses
and pass the examinations set by the institution. On completing the
same, you can then get conditional letter of acceptance that is
converted in to a definite letter of acceptance. Three cycles
2002 Holland introduced the bachelor’s-master’s degree structure.
However, there is still a distinction between the two types of education
still exists. It is available at both research universities and
universities of applied sciences. One can get a bachelor’s degree (first
cycle), then you may proceed to a master’s degree (second cycle). After
completing the master’s program you can start a PhD degree or PDeng
degree program (third cycle).
The system of
getting scholarships and subsidized education here is relatively easy.
Dutch higher education is subsidized and tuition fees are relatively
low. For EU students the annual tuition fees start at approximately
€1,950. Those who come from the non-EU countries, the average tuition
fee for bachelor’s programs can range between €6,000 and €15,000, for a
master’s program they can be between €8,000 and €20,000.
are available through different universities and even some private
companies in case of engineering and other vocational courses. Here is a
list of the general scholarship options available here-
- Academic Research Scholarship
- Amsterdam Merit Scholarships
- Canon Foundation Research Fellowship
- CEU Praesidium Libertatis Scholarship
- Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
- Leiden University Excellence Scholarship program
- Maarten van Hengel Loan Program
- Maastricht University City of Horst Scholarship
- Scholarship Atlantis
- Scholarship Becas Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockman
- Scholarship Grant CONACyT – FONCA
- TU Delft Excellence Scholarship – Industrial Design Engineering
- TU Delft Excellence Scholarships – DRI Infrastructures & Mobility
- University of Twente Scholarship
- Webster University “Gateway” Scholarship
Visa and Permits
To come to Holland or Netherlands for study purposes, you might need a visa and/or a residence permit.
Whether you need a visa or not, depends on:
- Your nationality – as stated on your passport.
- The duration of your stay: shorter or longer than three months.
- Your purpose of stay: we assume that you will come to Holland to study or to do a preparatory year.
the students who are enrolling for a student course or program should
be in touch with their institution to start up the application
procedure. You can also call up you relevant department dealing with
international student mobility. Remember that the IND will generally
process your application within two weeks. It is best to start the
process at least 3 months prior to entering the country. The sooner you
get your documents sorted, the better it is for you.
Types of VisaFor EU students
from EU countries who wish to study in Netherlands, there is no need
for a student visa or residence permit. However, one has to register
with any local governing body i.e. a council (‘gemeente’) if you are
planning to stay in the Netherlands for at least four months. On doing
so you get a personal public service number (BSN), which you should
un-register when you leave.
Depending on your nationality, you
would require visa to travel into the country. For stays of up to 90
days, this visa is called a ‘short stay visa’ or ‘Schengen visa’. For
stays longer than 90 days, this is called an entry visa (MVV) and is
always followed by a residence permit (VVR).
As the name
suggests, the Schengen visa will usually allow you to travel throughout
all countries in the Schengen area. But it can also be limited to a
single country (for example Holland only) or a few countries (for
example Holland, Belgium and France). However, the problem with this
visa is that it is temporary and not meant for students who wish to
pursue long-term courses. If you have this visa, and entered the
Schengen area for 90 days you may not return until another 90 days have
passed.Provisional Residence Permit (MVV)
visa allows you to enter Holland and study as per your country of
nationality. Most students will need an entry visa called a Provisional
Residence Permit, or ‘Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblifj’ (MVV) in Dutch.
This MVV allows you to stay and study in Holland for 6 months. During
this period you will need to file for a Residence Permit. The MVV is
proof of your eligibility as a Dutch resident: when you enter the
Netherlands under this permit. Take at least 3 months in hand to apply
for this visa. Different institutes have their own application fees for
filing for this visa for you. For example, Leiden University charges
students €304 (US$423) to apply for a student visa and/or residence
Once you get through a
Dutch university and get your MVV your host institution is bound to
apply for a Residence Permit on your behalf. This usually happens within
five days of your arrival in the Netherlands. Within 2 weeks you can
collect your permit from a national immigration body office (IND). With
this visa you can travel to any Schengen country for a maximum of 90
days within a 180 day period. You are also eligible to stay in the
country till you complete your education along an additional of three
additional months for other proceedings.
The popular courses in Holland are:
major engineering universities offer technological designer programs
consisting of advanced study and a personal design assignment in a
number of engineering fields. The technical designer program has 2 years
to complete and graduates obtain the degree Professional Doctorate in
For access to research-oriented bachelor’s
programs, students are required to have a vwo diploma or to have
completed the first year (60 credits) of a bachelor’s program at a
university of applied sciences. In the latter category of students,
additional selection criteria may apply. The minimum access requirement
to universities of applied sciences is either a havo diploma or a
diploma of secondary vocational education (mbo), provided certain
conditions are met.
- HZ University of Applied Sciences
- The Hauge University of Applied Sciences
- Avans University of Applied Sciences
- Brads University of applied Sciences
- Wageningen University
Agriculture and Environment
can study courses in environmental sciences, Biosystems Engineering,
marine life, animal sciences, rural development and many other similar
options. There are also Masters degree in Agricultural Science provides
you with the capacity to understand underlying and complex factors,
which help in defining agricultural systems. Through this you can also
get a solid obtain a sound foundation in the scientific principles and
analytical skills. With lot of revenues coming from the agricultural
sector and plenty of farming and agriculture opportunities here, one can
easily venture out into a course that offers the best of both worlds.
- Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
are management courses available in Holland at both graduate and post
graduate levels. These include Bachelor of International Business and
Management Studies (BBA) program, internationalization and
globalization, along with similar courses in Masters too. The course
offers you working in an international environment and being
co-responsible for achieving high business results of an enterprise.
With a worldwide reputation for combining management with a series of
vocational courses, this sure is a great place to study management.
- International Sustainability Management (VHL University of Applied Sciences)
- Innovation and Leadership (NHL Hogeschool)
- Business-to-Business Management (NHL Hogeschool)
- Retail and Small Business Management (Stenden University of Applied Sciences)
is encouraged in Holland and it is also taught at university level.
Basically the course includes everything from practical knowledge to
theory classes. Doing these courses one can learn about physical
fitness, coaching, therapy and a blend of other subjects too that are
focussed on sport sciences. With cricket, football and other sports
taking a league of its own, you will find that there are a plethora of
options to take up here.
- VU University Amsterdam
- Radboud University
- Hogeschool Van Amsterdam
- Maastricht University
- University of Gronigen
science is in great demand here and elsewhere. On an average,
professionals working here earn about 23,144 euros a year. Computer
science and its application courses include both graduate and masters
degrees, along with an opportunity to get internship in some of the
finest companies in Holland. Being a multicultural country there are
many upcoming institutes offering a blend of practical and theoretical
courses here. The emphasis of the course includes systematically
studying methodical processes (such as algorithms) in order to aid the
acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and
access to information. Students have to focus extensively on analyzing
the feasibility, structure, expression and mechanization of computer
science processes. They gain proficiency in languages like Python and C
, Haskell, Java and Pascal.
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- Stenden University
- Holland University of Applied Sciences
- Radboud University
- Saxion University of Applied Sciences