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Pioneering benefits science and education – it is the only way to discover new things. Holland is the birth place of many Nobel Prize winners in the fields of physics, chemistry, economics and medicine. But it is also a free port for international scientists. The famous Nobel Laureates Marie Curie and Andre Geim came here to conduct research.

Six Reasons to study in the Netherlands

  • 1. Dutch universities offer programmes in English: The Netherlands is known as the first non-English speaking country in which universities started to design higher education study programmes in English to accommodate students coming from abroad.
    Since the middle of the last century, Dutch universities have offered English-taught undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programmes, as well as short and preparatory courses
  • 2. Internationally recognized degrees: The Netherlands has been recognized as a knowledge centre with rich study traditions and well-known universities. Scientific research done at Dutch universities is very highly valued at both the national and international level.
    Education in Holland meets all international standards and is well-reputed worldwide. A diploma from a Dutch university provides an opportunity to start one’s own business and can be very useful in terms of having a successful career in any country of the world.
  • 3. Innovation education system: The Dutch educational system is interactive and focuses on teamwork, helping international students meet one another. During their studies in Holland, students become open minded specialists with a global outlook and an international orientation.
    The Netherlands has also received international acclaim for its groundbreaking Problem-Based Learning educational system where students are trained to analyse and solve practical problems and to develop their own professional individuality.
    When Dutch universities need to select candidates for a programme or scholarship, they often do it in their own creative way, for example, through business games.
  • 4. Multicultural environment: International students from all over the world come to study in Holland. With its key role in the European Union and multinational markets, The Netherlands is recognised as an expert in the fields of know-how and academic education.
    The Netherlands is a unique non-English speaking country in which 95% of inhabitants speak English. This factor makes living, studying, and working in Holland more comfortable and pleasant for those coming from abroad.
    Many international companies have departments in The Netherlands due to the favourable economic conditions. This feature helps students at Dutch universities by opening up possibilities to gain internships at many of these companies and allowing them to create their own professional networks for their future careers.
  • 5. Affordable study costs: The tuition fees and other expenses for those who come to study in Holland are relatively low compared to other European countries.
    For students from the EU, the annual tuition fee for a degree programme or course at a Dutch university starts from €1,906. The cost of study programmes for non-EU students may vary from €5,800 to €20,000 a year.
    In addition, many Dutch universities offer grants and scholarships that can reduce or fully cover the tuition fees of study programmes.
  • 6. Holland – the gateway to Europe: Due to its central geographic and economic position in continental Europe, The Netherlands is often described as the gateway to Europe. It takes only about an hour to fly from Amsterdam to Paris, Berlin, Brussels, or London.
    The Netherlands is also the place where German, British, and French cultures meet. In this technologically advanced country, nearly any household can receive TV programmes from neighboring countries and beyond. Cinemas show films from around the world in their original languages.


Residence permit for study (VVR): 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 residence permit (vvr). The sponsor submits an application for a residence permit on behalf of a student. The educational institution is your recognised sponsor.Conditions: If you wish to study in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, you must meet the following conditions: • You have (provisionally) been accepted as a student to a full-time higher education course/programme at a recognised university, a recognised university college, or a recognised university of applied sciences. • You have sufficient long-term means of support during your stay in the Netherlands. • You have a valid travel document (for example a passport) • You are not a risk to public order or national security • You are willing to undergo a tuberculosis test upon arrival in the Netherlands. Certain nationalities are exempt from this requirement. • You have not previously stayed in the Netherlands illegally. • You have not given false information or have withheld important information to support any previous applications. Checklist: To apply for the residence permit your sponsor needs certain documents. Please check with your sponsor as to which documents (additionally) are needed. You will in any event need a copy of your travel document (for example a passport) containing the identification/ personal details, including copies of pages containing travel stamps. Application procedure : It is the educational institution that submits your application. At the educational establishment they will inform you as to the procedures to be followed.Costs: The application for the residence permit costs money. The fees are paid on your behalf by your educational institution upon submitting the application. Please check with your educational institution as how to pay the fees to the educational institution itself. The fees will not be refunded if your application is refused. The costs for legalising documents differ for each country. For a specification of the costs, please contact the authorities in your country of origin. Note: A residence permit (vvr) for study purposes is issued for the duration of your study programme plus 3 months for the administrative completion of the programme, and, if applicable, the preparatory year. The maximum period of the validity of the residence permit is 5 years. Before the end date of your residence permit, your recognised sponsor may apply for an extension of your stay for the duration of your study programme. To continue your studies in the Netherlands you are expected to maintain sufficient progress toward a degree. You should earn at least 50% of the credits required per academic year. The educational institution checks this at the end of each academic year. If you do not meet this standard, the residence permit may be withdrawn. These information were obtained from the Study in Holland website.


Your daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and cinema tickets. But you also need to take into account the costs for housing and insurance. Experience has shown that students living and studying in Holland for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.

  • Housing: If you have an average student income – from a scholarship for example – you will find that one-third of it will go towards housing. An average room in Holland costs somewhere between €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. Housing in Amsterdam for example is more expensive than in smaller towns.
    You can find more information about accommodation in our section on Housing.
  • Food: Food is estimated to take another third of your income. Fortunately, most higher education institutions offer hot meals at reasonable prices. Many cities have pubs (eetcafés) where you can get a good meal at a good price. But the cheapest way to eat is to do your own cooking.
    Some average prices: a cup of coffee/tea in a café: €2, a cheese sandwich: €3, dinner in a typical student restaurant: €10. Most supermarkets offer a variety of brands. It is worth comparing the prices to find the cheapest option.
  • Other expenses: The remaining third of your income will go towards leisure, books, travel and other expenses. 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. Visit the website of the Dutch railways for more information. Cinema tickets cost about €11.50 but most cinemas give student discounts.
  • Student discounts: Many bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas give student discounts. Most of these ask for proof in the form of a student card from your institution. You should check in advance if a student discount is available. Especially for international students, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) can provide some interesting discounts and offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide. Find out more on the ISIC website.


A Dutch diploma gives you endless possibilities to build up a successful future. The way of teaching, the education system and your experiences will provide a great climate for developing skills and knowledge you couldn’t get anywhere else. Whether you want to continue your studies or work in Holland (or abroad) after graduation, there are many options.

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