A level of competence with the English language is required before you can study at degree level in Holland as with other destinations, this will need to be proven when applying for your course by showing the results of an accepted English Language test. You will require a score no lower than 6.0 IELTS or TOEFL 550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based). Other language tests may be accepted so please check with your chosen institution.
For more English Language advice please see the Language Requirements and Advice page.
Higher education in the Netherlands is subsidised by the government and helps to keep tuition costs below that of the main study abroad destinations – USA, Australia and the UK. The qualifications will boost you career prospects as well as show you as an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker for choosing a less well-known destination.
The Dutch are a welcoming nation of open minded and tolerant people and you will find a very diverse culture in most cities and their Universities. There is a lot to do and see in the country, some of which is described in the “About the Netherlands” section to the right. The country offers excellent transport links to other European countries which gives you the option of travelling and sight-seeing in other popular destinations such as France and Germany at a low cost during your time there. For more information on Studying in the Netherlands visit the official Nuffic Site.
The capital of The Netherlands is Amsterdam where you will find over 20 education institutions of varying sizes. It is a cultural hub of The Netherlands and offers numerous museums and points of interest as well as having a very active social scene and night life. Other major cities such as Rotterdam, The Hague (Den Haag), Utrecht and Eindhoven all have education institutions and their location is shown on the map below. Over 16 million people live in the country where the main language is Dutch but most speak excellent English. The Netherlands has a typical maritime climate with mild winters and cool summer. Expect changeable weather conditions throughout the year with few extremes. Tourist Highlights in the Netherlands include:
- Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
- Mauritshuis (Den Haag)
- Anne Frank Huis (Amsterdam)
- Keukenhof Gardens (Lisse)
- DAF Museum (Eindhoven)
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€). The expected cost of living is approximately €800-1,100 a month for a student lifestyle.
Discounts for students are available on many leisure activities and transport costs can be reduced by buying a discount card for rail travel. You are advised to split your funds into three equal amounts:
- 1/3 on housing
- 1/3 on food and sustenance
- 1/3 on transport, leisure and study materials.
Scholarships and Grants are available for a variety of courses and student nationalities, Nuffic maintain a database of these that you can search.
Dependent on your nationality, working while studying for a limited number of hours is allowed. Your employer will have to apply for a work permit on your behalf and you should not assume there will be a job available as part of your budgeting.
If you are a citizen of the EU/EEA or Swiss national, and you are not working or doing an internship whilst you study in Holland, you are likely to be eligible for a European Health Insurance Card, which should cover any medical costs during your time in Holland. You can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your own country before starting your studies.
Should you take on employment or a paid internship during your time in Holland, you are obliged to take out Dutch public healthcare insurance cover, known as zorgverzekering. This insurance covers only your medical expenses. Your chosen university in Holland should be able to assist with selecting the best deal for you from those available from Dutch insurance companies.