Moving to a new country with a different culture can be exhilarating, but also terrifying. The chance exists that your adventurous spirit is scared off by making the big jump. However, it is all worth it. Below you will find the most important reasons to study in The Netherlands!
- The Netherlands is multicultural! In The Netherlands, you will find students from all over the world, living and working together. There will be a lot of Chinese, French, German students, but also people from the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, and Greece. Additionally, it will be easy to communicate with the Dutch students as well, because the level of English is very high. Expect a weird look when you ask a Dutch student “If they speak English”. Of course they do!
- Not only do the Dutch students speak English very well, there is a huge amount of English studies to choose from. There are over 2.100 programmes taught in English, so there is something for everyone. Additionally, among the top reasons to study in The Netherlands is the quality of education there. The Netherlands has one of the most highly respected systems of higher education. Studying in an international language, in a country that is known for its tolerance and great student cities. What more do you need?
- According to the World Happiness Report 2017, The Netherlands is among the happiest countries in the world! Ranking 6th, citizens of The Netherlands, this level of happiness surely has to do with the good standard of living.
- Have you always wanted to travel around Europe? The Netherlands are the perfect starting point! Being relatively central to most popular European destinations, you can be in Paris, Berlin, London, Rome or Barcelona within a few hours. You can do so either by plane, train, boat or car. Happy travels!
- Do you prefer staying closer to home, without missing the chance of exploring? Because The Netherlands is a very small country with very good transport, you can get from anywhere in the country to the other side within a matter of hours. All you need is an OV-Chip card, a card that allows you to travel with all public transport. As a student, you even get a 40% discount on train fares.
- Studying can be very expensive. Luckily, in The Netherlands, most universities (of applied sciences) are governmentally subsidised, making the tuition fees relatively low. Depending on the institution, fees for EU students start around €1.900. Non-EU students pay around €6.000 per academic year. This is a lot cheaper than most English speaking countries.
- The Netherlands is the 17th largest economy in the world. A large amount of multinationals is originally Dutch. KLM, Philips, Shell or Heineken are all Dutch multinationals where you could start your career after graduating. Of course, there is a vast amount of international multi-nationals with offices and Head Quarters in The Netherlands. Take your pick and start your international career!
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