The Dutch make really good hosts for students pursuing higher education, as they are heavily invested in their education system. The Netherlands has a really big community of international students from as many as 160 different countries. Studying in the Netherlands is cheaper than other popular destinations such as the U.S. and U.K.
In 2019, the Netherlands was the 17th largest economy in the world; cram that into one tiny country and you have a place with an amazing per capita income. The Dutch believe that no education is complete without proper job experience, which leads to programs that are structured specifically towards the industry needs. If you choose the Netherlands for your studies, you get a place that ranks among the top ten universities in terms of safety and happiness. Teachers at universities are highly approachable and encourage interactions.
The Dutch people are extremely open-minded, a fact that is reflected in the rising number of atheist individuals in the Netherlands. This makes them a community that is free of religious bias in general and therefore, much more welcoming compared to countries that have a strong religious majority and orthodox views. The majority of locals can speak in English.
Some of the world's biggest multinationals, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING, and Unilever, are Dutch. Netherlands is a world leader in agriculture, water management, art & design, logistics, and sustainable energy. Netherlands is meant to be the gateway to Europe, which means that one can travel to London, Paris, or Berlin in less than 6 hours by high-speed trains.
With more than 2,100 international study programs and courses, Netherlands has the largest offer of English-taught programs in continental Europe.
The higher education system in the Netherlands is based on a three-cycle degree system, consisting of a bachelor, master, and Ph.D. Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that one can choose between two types of education:
A third, smaller branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer programs designed especially for international students. Some research universities offer 2-year professional doctorate programs in engineering (PDEng).
Netherlands follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS for allocating credits to courses. Each academic year requires 60 ECTS credits. 1 credit point refers to 28 hours. Attending lectures, preparing for exams, participating in seminars come under completion of these hours. Other components include writing thesis, researching, working on modules or courses, preparing for placements. The credits are assigned based on the successful completion of assessments, thesis, research work, or passing exams.
According to QS World rankings 2020, the top universities in the Netherlands are as follows.
|Delft University of Technology||50|
|University of Amsterdam||64|
|Eindhoven University of Technology||102|
|University of Groningen||114|
|Wageningen University & Research||125|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||183|
|University of Twente||186|
Popular courses to study in the Netherlands along with their duration and fees are mentioned in the table below.
|Name of the course||Duration||Fees|
|Econometrics and Data Science||24 Months||20,473 Euro/Year|
|Animation||12 Months||8,198 Euro/Year|
|Big Data Engineering||24 Months||14,500 Euro/year|
|Water Science Engineering||18 Months||14,628 Euro /yea|
|Medical Physiology||24 Months||18,900 Euro/Year|
|Health Sciences||12 Months||14,500 Euro/Year|
|Economics||12 Months||14,762 Euro/Year|
|Law||12 Months||17,078 Euro/Year|
|MBA (Management Consultancy)||12 months||14,762 Euro/Year|
|Industrial and Applied Mathematics||18 months||16,200 Euro/Year|
Most universities have varying requirements for admission. Some seek specific subjects as a part of the curriculum while others may exempt a student for a 4-year bachelor's requirement. The general admission requirements for studying in the Netherlands are briefed below.
|Course type||Admission requirement|
|Bachelors programs|| |
Higher senior secondary with minimum 55% aggregate
IELTS Academic - Minimum 6.5
TOEFL iBT - Minimum 90 overall
|Masters courses|| |
Bachelor’s degree with a score nearing 70% in bachelors
Work experience, if required
IELTS - Overall 6.0-7.0 minimum
TOEFL iBT - Minimum 90-100 overall, preferred 21 in individual section
A few universities also accept TOEFL CPT, TOEIC¸TOEFL PBT, TOEFL ITP and Cambridge English (169-172).
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