Are you looking for is a country that offers high standard tertiary education with affordable tuition and living expenses? You should consider studying in Holland. Holland is the generic name that’s commonly used to refer to the Netherlands. The Western European country is made up of about twelve Dutch provinces that shares border with countries like Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea. Holland also shares borders with France, berlin and United Kingdom.
Holland is one of the countries in Europe that you can get quality tertiary education without putting a hole in your pocket. Whether it’s at the undergraduate or post graduate level, Holland will provide a wide range of cost effective universities. The universities in the country are ranked twelfth in the world, with a conducive study environment for all students. Little wonder why many international students are pursuing their study in the country; Holland has a record of over 90,000 international students. It is said that majority of the student in the country are from different countries of the world.
In this article we shall explain all that’s needed to study in Holland: the tuition fees, cost of living, and choice of university, admission requirements, how to apply and many more.
Tuition fees for many universities in Holland are far cheaper than what you would find in most English speaking European countries today. For EU students on part-time studies, the tuition fee is set around 1,760 Euros per year, while full-time EU student pay a tuition fee of 1,950 Euros per year. On the other hand, if you are a non-EU or international student studying in Holland the tuition fee per annum is between 6000 to 15,000 Euros for undergraduate students and 8000 to 20,000 Euros per year for post graduate students. Furthermore, you get to pay an application 50 to 100 Euros depending on the university and course/program you are applying for.
Cost of living
This is another important area where you are at an advantage as a student in Holland. The cost of living is relatively low compared to some European countries. From experience, most students in Holland spend between eight hundred to one thousand and one hundred Euro on monthly basis. If you are a student please note that the cost of living comprises of cost of housing, food, books, transportation, cinema, clothes and other necessities.
Another important factor that decides the cost of living in Holland is your city of residence. For instance, student who live in large cities like Amsterdam get to pay more housing cost when compared to those who stay in smaller cities. However, with a proof of your student identity card you can earn some really cool discounts from eating in restaurants, bars and using cinemas, and museums etc. these discounts go a long way in reducing the cost of living for you.
The 3 basic cost may include:
- Housing: three hundred to six hundred Euros per month (depending on your area).
- Food: two to ten Euros per meal.
- Transport: bus ticket cost just two Euros.
Admission requirements for studying in this beautiful country may depend on the particular institution you intend to apply to. The admission requirements also varies for undergraduate programs and postgraduate programs.
A lot of universities in Holland will require that you present a secondary school diploma or any other relevant qualifications before you can be admitted for an undergraduate study program (Bachelor). On the other hand, if you want to run a master’s program in Holland you will need to provide a good undergraduate degree diploma (Bachelor’s).
English language is the language of instruction in most universities in Holland. So you will be required to have a good command of reading, spoken and written English. The test design to prove English proficiency includes the following: TOEFL, where student should have a minimum score of five hundred and fifty (paper based) or two hundred and thirteen (computer based) and IELTS, where students must score a minimum of six. Other English test may be needed as specified by individual institutions.
How to apply for admission
Universities in Holland will not conduct a separate entrance test for new students besides the documents they are required to submit for admission. You are required to visit your preferred university’s website to get detailed information on the application procedure.
Generally, the application for admission starts by submitting relevant documents to the international office in your home country, after which some universities will require you to register for your program via studielink tool (others will also require application directly through the school’s website).
The next step will need you to use your login details from studielink toolto get access the school application portal and apply for admission. Once you have submitted your application and relevant documents, the school will notify you of acceptance if you have met all the requirements.
Required application documents
- Secondary/High school leaving certificate along with list of subjects for undergraduate programs
- A good Bachelor degree certificate along with list of subjects for master’s program
- Result of relevant English tests like (TOEFL, IELTS), this applies to students from non-native English speaking countries.
- Result of Dutch language test NT2, this only applies to students who intend to study a program in Dutch language.
- Other relevant documents include the following: reference letter, Curriculum Vitae, letter of introduction with background information about the applicant and reasons for decision to study in Holland.
The intake period for new enrollment into universities in Holland are fixed by the universities. Generally, enrollment is starts in February (spring semester) and September (fall semester). The intake period covers the time you would need to apply for the admission and process the required documents until when academic activities begins.
Most universities or institutes will start enrollment for non-EU students two to three months before enrolling EU students. This is done to provide the non EU students enough time to complete the application process, get their visa and settle into the country. If for any reason you miss a deadline or intake period, you will have to wait for the next intake period (semester) before you apply.
List of Universities in Netherlands
- Delft University of Technology, Delft (South Holland).
- Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam in South Holland.
- Leiden University, Leiden in South Holland.
- Maastricht University, Maastricht in Limburg.
- Nyenrode Business University
- Breukelen (Utrecht).
- Open University Heerlen (Limburg).
- Radboud University, Nijmegen in Gelderland.
- Tilburg University, Tilburg in North Brabant.
- University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam in North Holland.
- University of Groningen, Groningen.
- University of Twente,Enschede in Overijssel.
- Utrecht University, Utrecht (Utrecht).
- VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam in North Holland.
- Wageningen University and Research Centre Breda, North Brabant.
- Universities of Applied Sciences.
- Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam in North Holland.
- ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Zwolle, Overijssel.
- Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda, North Brabant.
- Business School Netherlands Buren, Gelderland.
- Business School Notenboom.
- Codarts, University for the Arts, Rotterdam, South Holland.
- Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven (North Brabant).
- Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (North Holland).
- HAS Den Bosch University of Applied Sciences, Hertogenbosch (North Brabant).
- Utrecht School of the Arts, Hilversum (North Holland).
- HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen (Zeeland).
- Hotelschool The Hague Den Haag (South Holland).
- NHL University of Applied Sciences.
- Rotterdam University, Rotterdam (South Holland).
- TIO University of Applied Sciences.
- University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Leiden (South Holland).
- Royal Academy of Art, The Hague Den Haag (South Holland).
- Webster University – Leiden Campus Leiden (South Holland).
- Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Apeldoorn in Gelderland.