The Netherlands is a kingdom. Today, the Netherlands is also sometimes called ‘Holland’. Its cultural diversity has made Holland a place where knowledge, ideas and cultures from all over the world come together.
Although Dutch is the national language, the majority of the population (about 87%) also speaks English and very often German or French. Holland lies on a low delta and a quarter of the land lies below sea level. Holland has a dense railway network that offers frequent service and is the quickest way to travel between city centres. If you live in a city the bicycle is the cheapest and easiest way to get around. A distinctive characteristic of the Dutch is their openness and direct manner of acting and speaking.
The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution perform very well in other parts of the world. In addition, the Netherlands was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English.
The Netherlands has two main types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting. Universities of applied sciences are more practically oriented, preparing students directly for specific careers.
The Times Higher Education Supplement ranks 11 universities in Holland among the top 200 in the world. The Holland systems of teaching and learning is based on “student-led learning”, with more practice and more career orientation.The majority of the programmes which are offered involve: real work placement, team projects, guest lectures and cases from the work field.
Education in Holland is not free, but tuition fees are reasonable compared with other countries. The annual tuition fees for enrolment on a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution is around €1,900 for EU students.
Experience shows that to live and study in Holland, students need between €300 and €400 per month + accommodation which is around €300 per month.
Foreign students that would like to take paid work alongside their studies are allowed to do so.
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Additional information regarding studying in the Netherlands: http://www.ib-groep.nl
All foreign students can apply for a furnished accommodation of a similar standard and price as that is used by local students. Typically, this would be in the form of a private room, with bathroom and kitchen facilities to be shared with other students. As universities in The Netherlands do not typically have American-style campuses with student dormitories, your student room would be located off-campus, but always within ‘cycling distance’ of the relevant campus.
Typically, the average rental price for such student accommodation is approximately EUR 300 to EUR 400 per month. Currently, there is a shortage of student accommodation in The Netherlands.
As an international student in Holland, you might want to take a part-time job, just as Dutch students do.
Citizens from EU/EEA member states, do not need a residence permit in order to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands, while doing their MSc. With the exception of Bulgaria and Romania and Non-EU/EFTA students, citizens from the rest of the EU-member states do not need a work permit to do a part-time job You may find a part-time job, but you have to keep in mind that your main goal is to study. You should have at least 4 months’ money before arriving as it may be difficult to find a student job.
Possibly the simplest way to find a job is to visit a few temp agencies. Bring your passport, citizen service number (BSN or social security number) and your CV.
There are a lot of temp agencies in the Netherlands. For instance: