The Netherlands, also informally referred to as Holland is primarily located in north western part of Europe and partly in the Caribbean which were its former colonies. It is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch with names that can be traced back to the medieval times – Netherlands (low lying) and Holland (wooded land). The country is indeed low lying and remarkably flat with large expanses of fields, lakes, rivers and canals. The country borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south and the North Sea to the north west. It has a temperate climate, gentle winters, cool summers and rain every season.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands’s main official language is Dutch while West Frisian is s secondary official language in Friesland, while Caribbean Netherlands’ secondary official languages are English and Papiamentu. The nominal capital city is Amsterdam which is one of Europe’s most populous and vibrant cities while The Hague is considered the political capital. Some of the other prominent cities include Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. According to the World Economic Forum in 2018, the Netherlands ranks on top for being the best place to live for expat families. This is no surprise because Netherlands is a country with great economy, affordable childcare, premium healthcare, high quality education system and excellent English-speaking population.
WHY STUDY IN NETHERLANDS ?
- In order to attract international students, the universities in Netherlands were the first among non-English speaking countries which designed their higher education study programs in English. In 2014/15, students from over 157 countries across the world including China, Germany, UK, North America and India were enrolled in the universities and educational institutions in the Netherlands. It is a country where approximately 95% of locals speak English which makes living, studying, and working in the Netherlands very convenient and comfortable for international students.
- Studying in the Netherlands is quite affordable compared to the other countries including the UK and the US primarily due to the fact that the Dutch higher education system is subsidised by the government which makes the tuition fees of such high-quality education relatively lower.
- The cost of living or living expenses including accommodation, food, travel and daily expenses for international students are also relatively low compared to other western countries. Students are eligible for discounts at several places like restaurants, cinemas, museums and other places.
- The Netherlands offers high quality affordable education in different levels of study, Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in over 2000 English taught programs across several disciplines including Architecture, Aviation, Business, Education,Engineering, Environment, Design, Fashion, Humanities, Natural Science, Sports, Technology and many more. Dutch qualifications are recognised and highly valued worldwide for their design, quality and innovative teaching and learning methods.
- International students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by undertaking IELTS, PTE or TOEFL.
- International students can apply for several scholarships and financial aids offered by the Dutch colleges, universities, the Dutch government and other organisations based on merit and other eligibility criteria. Some notable ones include the Holland Scholarships and the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships.