Why Consider Studying in Holland?

By StudyLink

As a (soon to be) international student, you may still be looking for the best place to study. Why not consider that small country with big opportunities?
Below are the three main characteristics of Holland that show you why studying in Holland gives you such a unique experience.

Holland has proven to be a true pioneer in discovering inventive solutions to everyday problems. This pragmatic approach also shows when it comes to education: being a small country, Holland has to be internationally orientated, so it was the first country on the European continent to offer courses taught in English (today there are more than 1,500!).
The creative sector in Holland is world-famous for its innovative ideas and unique Dutch design. It is perhaps because of the Dutch way of teaching that creativity has acclaimed such an important role in Dutch society. Students are challenged to solve problems with an out-of-the-box approach.
Openness to the world and cooperation with other countries is important for a small country like Holland. The strong connection between Dutch higher education institutions and the business world creates possibilities of practical assignments and internships to prepare students for a career in an international environment.

Find the right programme

Holland offers more than 1,500 English taught study programmes in different disciplines: degree programmes (bachelor, master, PhD), short courses, summer courses, training modules, and so on. Whatever type of student you are, you’re likely to find the programme that matches your preference and situation.
The education system
To find the right programme at the right institutions, it’s good to know a little bit about the Dutch higher education system. There are two main types of higher education institutions: research universities and universities of applied sciences. Research universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic setting. Universities of applied sciences offer programmes in the applied arts and sciences that prepare students for specific careers. A third branch is provided by institutes for international education, which offer courses originally designed for people from developing countries whose jobs require highly specialised knowledge.
Research universities offer bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes and short courses. Universities of applied sciences offer bachelor’s and master’s programmes and short courses, but no PhD programmes. Institutes for international education offer mainly master’s and PhD programmes and short courses.
Curious to find out which study programmes the Dutch institutions can offer you? Browse through the complete overview of English-taught study programmes, short courses, preparatory courses, summer schools, training modules and more, at www.studyfinder.nl.
Once you have made the decision to go study in Holland, you will need to prepare for your stay. The step-by-step checklist at www.studyinholland.nl will help you determine what to do when and where.

Get connected!

Questions or more information? Get connected with Study in Holland through:


Study in Holland is an initiative of Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education. Nuffic informs students worldwide about studying in Holland and has local offices in 10 countries that can offer you tailor made information.

Visit our Study in the Netherlands directory for more information and search for courses.

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