The Netherlands is a very popular destination among students these days. It is an advanced European country with various opportunities for higher education. It is in demand for several reasons:
- 560 international study programmes and courses. The Netherlands has to be one of the first non English speaking country , where they started teaching their courses in English. At the moment the Netherlands higher education institutions are offering about 1560 different programmes and courses for overseas students. 1543 of them are conducted only in English This is why the Netherlands is more advanced compared to other European countries.
- High level of teaching and scientific work.The higher education in the Netherlands is considered to have one of the best quality in the world. The qualification of higher education in the Netherlands is guaranteed by governmental system of certification and quality standards. The Netherlands educational system is also using revolutionary and world-known method of problem focused studies. It lies in students analyzing real problems without the support from their mentors: the emphasis is on self-development and discipline.
- Multicultural learning environment.
Getting to the Netherlands
It is pretty easy to get to the Netherlands with the help of popular airline companies such as Easy Jet, RayanAir, Air Baltic and others. Cost of the tickets is not high(average price is around €100). With the help of well-developed railway network it is easy to travel from the airport to cities.
Education, living, food and public transportation. Obtaining education in the Netherlands private universities is going to cost less than in Great Britain. The annual fee at Dutch universities is €1984. There are discounts for students coming from European Union. University is notifying people about these advantages in the beginning of the applying process.
Half of all expenses usually go under the cost of living. Students live in dormitories. Many universities have reservations made in hotels or in private accommodations. Prices for dormitory rooms are starting from €300. Also, it is possible to rent a room in a shared house with 2-3 other students. Cost of this would not be much different but to use this opportunity students have to find themselves a Realtor.
Main ways of transportation are trains, buses and trolleys. Some cities have a subway. The country has got a ticket system for main transportation means(Strippern card). They are sold in the subway, in newspaper and tobacco kiosks, tourism information centers and different stores. The ticket-prices are not high, usually starting from €2. In smaller cities, students sometimes prefer to ride a bicycle. Most universities have a special bicycles parking area as well.
Food stores are divided into price groups. Some products can be bought for quite a low price. Same goes with the apparel and personal hygiene products.
Where to find help?
The Netherlands is trying to make their higher education available to foreign students and young professionals of all kind. There is a possibility to get scholarships provided by the government, universities and also local companies. Firstly, it is always wise to check if the university that you are applying for has a financial support system for their students and what are they willing to offer.
Universities in the Netherlands insist that their students should have an insurance at all the time while studying in their country. It often happens that universities provide the insurance with a really good price. With all emerging questions students can turn to International Office representative If student wants to open a bank account or start working, it is necessary to register in the Municipal Government of city. For registration, students need to bring their passport, birth certificate and a proof document from their university or landlord.
Universities in the Netherlands usually do not have entrance exams. Applicants are required to prove their knowledge of language used for teaching/learning and have good grades in specific subjects demanded by the university. Studies begin in September. It is recommended to arrive on the site earlier in case of any questions. Studies last for 3-4 years (bachelors degree). It is possible to have a practice year or couple of shorter practices. This is giving the Netherlands an educational advantage because the practices are being held in most perspective companies in Europe. Students usually get the permission for work easily, especially if they have a secure letter from their university or employer. This kind of permission gives the student the right to work and have an official income.