Life and Study
06 Why study in Holland?
a ﬁne blend of culture and innovation
18 Higher education in Holland
system, degrees, requirements, accreditation
26 Scholarships and
34 Preparing for study in Holland
40 Living in Holland
daily life, student culture, leisure
46 Websites and addresses
48 Institutions for higher education
What do you know?
Dutch people you certainly heard of
Anne Frank, writer of the most famous diary in Dutch literature
Johan Cruyff, soccer genius
Vincent van Gogh, painter of the sunﬂowers
Freddy Heineken, the name says enough
DJ Tiësto, very popular in the dance scene
Anton Corbijn, photographer of the rock ’n’ roll stars
Kolonel Parker, manager of Elvis Presley
Erasmus, humanist in the 16th century
Mata Hari, double-agent during the First World War
Viktor & Rolf, extravagant couture duo
Rembrandt, another famous painter
Paul Verhoeven, director of the movie Basic Instinct
Rem Koolhaas, famous architect
Fun Facts about Holland
The Dutch are statistically the tallest people in the world
The Netherlands was one of the European Union’s founding nations
There are 16 million bicycles in Holland, which is about one for every inhabitant
The highest point in Holland is 323 metres high and is called a ‘mountain’
You’ll ﬁnd a bunch of ﬂowers in almost every living room
People of 200 nationalities live in Amsterdam
When your plane arrives at Schiphol, it lands 4.5 metres below sea level
The Netherlands has one of the youngest populations in the EU
The International Court of Justice sits at the Peace Palace in The Hague
New York was once Dutch
One in every three Dutch people belong to a sports club
With almost 1,000 museums, Holland has the highest museum density in the world
The ﬁrst World Press Photo Exhibition was held in Holland
Some typical Dutch expressions
We’re all equal
One thing at a time
It’s a Dutch treat (everybody pays for himself)
All individual opinions are important
Act normal and you be acting crazy enough
4 Study in Holland Exchange programmes and scholarships 5
Holland, or more formally the Netherlands, is an
internationally-oriented and innovative country located
at a central spot in Europe.
Why study in
6 Study in Holland
Multicultural and Central spot in Europe
open society Once you arrive in Holland, you’ll discover
Even as far back as the early 17th century, that many European capitals are within easy
Holland was an advanced country, with reach. Brussels is two hours by train, and a
much of its wealth coming from short ﬂight from Amsterdam will take you
international trade. to Paris, Madrid or Berlin.
Today, international trade is still the main The Dutch universities are an ideal starting
engine of economic growth. Dutch society point for study tours and exchanges with
is multicultural. Groups of people with other European countries.
non-Dutch backgrounds have been living in
Holland for decades as a result of historical Value for money
ties with other parts of the world. Education in Holland is not free, but tuition
The majority of the Dutch people speak fees are reasonable. The latest Worldwide
English and very often another foreign Cost of Living Survey shows that the cost of
language, such as German or French. living in Amsterdam is modest compared
with cities like New York, London, Paris and
Alan Guedes (26), Brasil
I was surprised by the objective
Holland was the ﬁrst non-English-speaking
country to offer courses taught in English.
In this brochure, you will ﬁnd many
more reasons to study in Holland.
role of the professors
The Dutch higher education institutions But the best way is to come and
Master of International Development Studies, International
together offer about 1,150 international experience it yourself!
School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam
study programmes and courses which are
taught entirely in English. This makes In São Paulo, I ﬁnished a Bachelor in Business Administration, but I didn’t ﬁnd real
Holland the front-runner in continental fulﬁlment in what I was doing. Questions about the harsh reality and poverty kept
Europe. entering my mind, so I decided to work for NGOs in Brazil for social purposes.
However, I lacked a theoretical background.
Quality and diversity in A study that combines development, international and economic aspects is hard
education and research to ﬁnd. I came to Amsterdam because of the very speciﬁc programme they offer
Higher education in Holland enjoys a here. My teacher in Brazil recommended the International School to me. The third
worldwide reputation for its high quality. argument to support my decision was the cost: education in Holland is affordable
This is achieved through a national system for EU students. For non-EU students it is more expensive.
of regulation and quality assurance. It is a one-year master’s programme, which includes three months of ﬁeldwork.
Holland has also received international About half the students are Dutch, the others come from the US, Canada, Western
acclaim for its ground-breaking Europe, with a minority from Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Problem-Based Learning system, which I was surprised by the objective role of the professors here. They present all the
trains students to analyze and solve practical possibilities and the different theories, but it’s up to you to reﬂect upon them and
problems independently through emphasis to think for yourself. Students can also be very open with their teachers, you can
on self-study and self-discipline. express your feelings and say what you mean. Critical thinking is really the most
important capacity for a student, I believe.
Living in Amsterdam is relaxed compared to life in a city like São Paulo. I always
go places by bike, it’s the perfect way to travel. I even bought some spare bikes
for visiting friends.
This city offers you the best of both worlds. If you are a serious student, you get
all the possibilities to study hard and you’ll ﬁnd the quietness you need. For all
8 Study in Holland the others, Amsterdam will mean a lot of fun!
Holland, or the Netherlands all the provinces, encompassing Amsterdam,
The country’s formal name is ‘Nederland’, Rotterdam, The Hague and other well-known
meaning the ‘low country’. ‘Low’ because Dutch cities such as Delft and Leiden.
much of the land is at or below sea level. The name Holland is therefore also used to
Holland is in fact the name of the western refer to the Netherlands as a whole, even
part of the country. In the 17th century, though the other provinces are sometimes
these western provinces were the most a little unhappy about it. If you are going to
developed and wealthiest part of the study outside of the provinces of North and
country. South Holland, try and use ‘the
At present, the provinces of North and South Netherlands’. You’ll notice you’ll make more
Holland are the most heavily populated of friends this way.
Qiuju Wang (25), China
I have made many friends from
all of the world
PhD in Company Law, University of Groningen
When I was a child, I read an article about the Netherlands. So I already knew there
are clear rivers, many windmills and tulips everywhere. Now I feel so lucky to study in
this beautiful and peaceful country, and the Dutch people are really nice and friendly.
I like the international atmosphere here best. There is a pleasant study environment,
the views are clean and beautiful, I have many close friends, and I have met tolerant
and helpful people.
The teachers are very responsible and patient, and the course content corresponds
closely with the practice. Thanks to the speciﬁc Master of Laws programme I
completed, I acquired the latest knowledge and information in the ﬁelds I am
interested in. But to achieve a good result as a PhD student, you must work hard.
The whole process is deﬁnitely not so easy.
Previously, I lived in an international student house. The living conditions were quite
comfortable. That period was wonderful. I was surprised to see that people in the
building greet each other whether they know each other or not. It contributes to the
good atmosphere between people.
I have made many friends from all of the world. We played music together, watched
movies and went to the pubs. Quite often, we sat and chatted in the living room.
Because of our different cultures, we had many topics to talk about, something
which broadens my horizon everyday. It’s not only about learning and developing
knowledge, but also about becoming more social and open-minded.
I feel free here, and I’m very grateful for that. I’m content with the life I lead here,
and I have the impression that I’m not the only one. Another thing that strikes me
10 Study in Holland all the time is that although China has a population nearly one hundred times more
than that of the Netherlands, I see more smiling faces here.
a ﬁne blend of
culture and innovation
‘The rest of the world is a big place’, say the Dutch, well
aware of how small their country is. For centuries,
Holland has had an attitude of openness towards the
rest of the world. In business, but also in social life
12 Study in Holland
Geography Worldwide trade
Holland is situated in the west of Europe. Even in the early 17th century, Holland
To the east, Holland borders Germany, to the was an advanced country, with much of its
south Belgium and to the north and west, wealth coming from trade. Located in the
the North Sea. Once you arrive, you will be delta where several major European rivers
struck immediately by the landscape. The ﬂow into the North Sea, Holland was ideally
country is extremely ﬂat. There are a few situated to become a centre of trade and
hills in the southeast corner of the country, transport for all of western Europe. The
but even those hills barely infringe on the 17th century was the Golden Age in Dutch
broad, unbroken expanse of sky that is so history, not surprising when you realize that
characteristic of the Dutch landscape. Dutch ships carried 90 per cent of all the
Water is everywhere – lakes, rivers and goods in Europe.
canals. More than 16 million people live in Today, international trade is still the main
an area of a little more than 41,000 square engine of economic growth in Holland. Exporter of agricultural An international living
kilometres. In fact, Holland is one of the world’s ten products environment
leading exporting nations. Rotterdam has Holland exports agricultural products to The Dutch are accustomed to dealing with
Innovation and culture the largest port in Europe and until 2004, the whole world. It has a 7.7 per cent share people from around the world, and above
Holland manages to combine history and when it was overtaken by Shanghai, also the of the global market. Nicknamed Europe’s all, to working with them. Groups of people
traditional culture with innovation, largest in the world. Amsterdam’s Schiphol vegetable garden, it is the world’s leading with non-Dutch backgrounds have been
modernity and an international orientation. airport is one of Europe’s major airports. exporter of vegetables, while Dutch living in Holland for decades as a result of
The country that uses a simple tulip to Holland is home to several internationally ﬂowers hold a 60 per cent share of the world historical ties with other parts of the world.
symbolize its export industry is itself the renowned banks, including ING and market. High-tech production methods and English is spoken by most of the Dutch.
largest non-English-speaking importer of Rabobank, both of which are in the modern management have brought high But German and French are spoken, too.
English books. The Dutch population, after world’s top 20 companies in their ﬁeld. yields, top quality and healthy revenues Holland lies at the point where the German,
making a slow start, now seems to have one Philips is a Dutch company, and to Dutch agriculture. British and French cultures meet. This is
of the highest percentages of internet users approximately half of Shell and Unilever evident as soon as you turn on the television.
in the world. With the same ease that the are in Dutch hands. But there are also less Water conservation In this well-cabled country, programming
Dutch have taken to the high tech world, known, though no less important, Dutch Holland lies on a ﬂat, low delta and a from the neighbouring countries and
they are equally happy taking a quiet stroll multinationals. Take Enraf Nonius, for quarter of the land is below sea level. beyond can be received in nearly every
along the historic canals that run through example, the world’s market-leader in Because of its precarious location, it has household. Cinemas show ﬁlms from
town. This contrast is typical of Holland, physiotherapy and rehabilitation equipment. one of the best barrier dams in the world. around the world in their original
there is no contradiction between the two. The carillon is a Dutch invention, as is the Several Dutch companies are involved in languages. Alongside the usual church
reality TV show Big Brother, the CD, which water conservation projects and land towers and synagogues, the minarets of
was developed by Philips, and the world reclamation throughout the world. mosques can increasingly be seen in the
famous DJ Tiësto. large cities. You can dance the salsa every
bit as easily as in Latin America. And Asian,
Mediterranean and fast foods are becoming
as familiar as wholesome Dutch fare.
The result of all of this is that Holland is a
place where knowledge, ideas and cultures
from all over the world come together.
14 Study in Holland
Surface area: 41,528 square kilometers, The Kingdom of the Netherlands is
one quarter is below sea level a constitutional monarchy with a bicameral
Longest distance north-south: 300 km parliament and universal suffrage
Longest distance east-west: 200 km based on a system of proportional
Lowest altitude: 6.74 meter below sea level representation. This system means that
(near Rotterdam) many parties can win seats in parliament
Highest altitude: 323 meter (near Maastricht) such that no single party has an overall
Average summer temperature: 16.6 Celsius majority. The government must maintain
Average winter temperature: 2.8 Celsius the support of a parliamentary majority to
stay in power. For this reason, cabinets are
Government always multi-party coalitions chaired by
Ofﬁcial name: Kingdom of the Netherlands, the prime minister. The monarchy
commonly referred to as Holland or symbolizes national unity and therefore has
the Netherlands a ceremonial character. Consequently, most
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy of the population are loyal supporters of the
with a bicameral parliament monarchy and the royal family.
Ivana Galetova (22), Czech Republic
Head of state: The hereditary monarch
Head of government: The prime minister
The ﬁrst elections at which all men and
women had the right to vote were held in
Dutch people are very
Capital city: Amsterdam
Seat of government: The Hague
1922. The political preferences of the Dutch
people are much the same as found in the
organized and always busy
rest of Europe: the three main moderate
Teacher Training, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences
Economy political tendencies are represented by the
Currency: 1 euro = 1.26 USDollar (May 2006) social democrats, the Christian democrats I study Education at the University of Brno and I decided to go abroad to enlarge my
Gross domestic product (GDP): and the liberal parties. The smaller parties outlook. I’m here for only three months and that isn’t enough to study the material in
488 billion euro are generally less moderate variations on great depth. But being abroad is a great beneﬁt for me anyway.
Per capita GDP: 29,873 euro one of the three main tendencies. In the I had heard and read a lot about the Netherlands before I came here. I was very
Cost of living: A single student can live Netherlands, they are also referred to as curious to know if all these rumours about ﬂowers on every corner, windmills,
modestly on 700 - 1,000 euro a month ‘ideological parties’ (getuigenispartijen). dykes, cheese and plenty of cyclists were true. I was looking forward to seeing the
International companies: Philips, Heineken, works of famous artists like Rembrandt, and experiencing one of the most tolerant
Unilever, Shell are just some of the large See www.government.nl for information atmospheres in Europe. Now I must say, my expectations were surpassed. Neither
international companies that originated in Holland about the government and government my friends nor the tourist guides were exaggerating about Holland. Dutch people are
Main airport: Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam policy. very organized and always busy. They’re very kind, open and willing to help in every
(the fourth largest airport in Europe, handling See also www.minbuza.nl (available in situation. I like their habits such as shopping every Saturday, drinking plenty of
an annual 42.4 million passengers and English) for a brief summary of the history coffee and going everywhere by bike, whatever the weather is doing. I live in a student
1.4 million tonnes of freight) of the Netherlands. residence in the city centre. There are students from many countries, mostly European,
Main seaport: Rotterdam, the largest seaport but also from America, Australia and Africa. Some of them are my classmates, others
in Europe, handling 353 million tonnes of cargo have become my friends. But it’s impossible to know all of them, it’s huge.
a year The student residence is a very nice place to stay, but it’s expensive. It isn’t easy to
Internet use: 78% of the Dutch people have ﬁnd accommodation in Holland, but if you try hard and deal with the right people
Internet access at home and organizations, you’ll discover the cheaper lodgings.
I really appreciate having the chance to spend time in such an expressive and
compelling country that the Netherlands deﬁnitely is. I love travelling and I’m
interested in art: the Netherlands offers lots of possibilities in these directions.
My tip to anyone going to the Netherlands: buy the train discount card and the
16 Study in Holland museum card. I saved a lot of money this way. Exchange programmes and scholarships 17
Higher education in Holland enjoys a worldwide
reputation for its high quality. Experience shows that
people who have studied at a Dutch institution of higher
education perform very well in other parts of the world.
For a small country like Holland, this international
orientation, including in education and training, is a must
for survival in an increasingly internationalized world.
18 Study in Holland
International education Universities of professional Degrees: bachelor, master Students
in English education and PhD Total enrolment: 559,000 students with men
Higher education institutions in Holland The study programmes offered by Students who enrol on higher education and women in approximately equal numbers
offer about 1,150 international study universities of professional education programmes will obtain a bachelor’s degree Average enrolment: Institutions vary in size,
programmes and courses which are taught (hogescholen) are career-oriented. upon completion of the undergraduate enrolling anywhere from 300 to 25,000 students
in English. These programmes cover a broad Acquiring practical work experience phase, and a master’s degree upon Completion of studies: Each year some
range of ﬁelds. Curricula are intensive, at through internships is an integral part of completion of the graduate phase. 83,000 students complete their studies
an advanced level, practically-oriented, and professional study programmes. The country Universities and universities of professional Age entering university: Variable, but most
designed to meet the expectations of has 42 government-approved universities of education award both types of degrees, ﬁrst-year students are around 18
students seeking specialized knowledge. professional education. The largest enrol but with a difference in orientation: most Age graduating: Variable, but most
The courses alternate theory with practice 20,000 to 39,000 students. Altogether some degree programmes at universities focus on often 22 or 23
in real or simulated work situations. 350,000 students are enrolled on this type academic study and research, and those at Foreign students: 42,000 students, about half
Most study programmes and courses lead to of higher education programmes. universities of professional education of whom are from Europe
a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a PhD on practical, professional knowledge.
degree, a diploma or certiﬁcate. Institutes for International Institutes for International Education offer Higher education
Education master’s programmes, but no bachelor’s institutions in Holland
The Dutch education system Holland has been offering another form of programmes. Universities (research-oriented universities):
Holland has two main types of regular higher education for more than 50 years: • 14 universities, three of which specialize
higher education: university and university advanced courses taught in English in what A bachelor’s programme at a university in engineering
of professional education. is known as ‘international education’. requires three years of full-time study (180 • Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes
The universities focus on the independent These institutes (11) focus on development- credits) to complete while a bachelor’s Universities of professional education
practice of research-oriented work in an oriented courses, based on working in small, programme offered by a university of (career-oriented institutions):
academic or professional setting. The intercultural groups and the exchange of professional education requires four years • 42 universities of professional education
universities of professional education knowledge, facilitated by teachers with of full-time study (240 credits). Depending • Bachelor and Master programmes
are more practically-oriented, preparing extensive experience of working in low- on the discipline, master’s programmes at Specialized Institutes of International
students directly for speciﬁc careers. income countries. universities, universities of professional Education:
A smaller branch of education is provided education and Institutes for International • 11 Institutes of International Education
by Institutes for International Education, An overview of the universities, the Education will last one to two years (60-120 • Master and PhD programmes,
which offer programmes designed especially universities of professional education and credits). The doctorate (PhD) is only offered often aimed at mid-career professionals
for foreign students. the Institutes for International Education at universities and takes at least four Research in Holland:
can be found at www.studyin.nl and on page years. A master degree is compulsory • 10 of the 14 universities in Holland are in
Universities 48 of this brochure. for admission. the top 200 of the Times Higher Education
There are 14 government-approved Ranking
universities in Holland, three of which • 5th place on the world ranking of number
specialize in engineering. These institutions of publications per capita
essentially train students in academic study
and the application of knowledge, although Higher education in Holland
many study programmes do also have a
Universities Universities of professional education Institutes for International Education
professional component and most graduates
PhD: 4 years Master (M): 1-2 years PhD (only possible at 5 institutes): 4 years
actually ﬁnd work outside the research
Master of Arts (MA): 1-2 years Bachelor (B): 4 years Master of Arts (MA): 1-2 years
community. The universities vary in size,
Master of Science (MSc): 1-2 years Master of Science (MSc): 1-2 years
with enrolments ranging from 6,000 to
Bachelor of Arts (BA): 3 years
30,000. Altogether they enrol some 185,000
Bachelor of Science (BSc): 3 years
20 Study in Holland
Accreditation and Quality Accreditation of degree programmes
Control A degree programme leads to a bachelor’s,
Higher education in Holland enjoys a master’s or PhD degree.
worldwide reputation for its high quality. The system of accreditation in higher
This is achieved through a national system education aims to guarantee that study
of regulation and quality assurance. programmes meet the highest standards.
The Ministry of Education, Culture and The law – the Accreditation of Higher
Science (www.minocw.nl) is responsible Education Act 2002 – requires that all
for legislation pertaining to education. degree programmes offered by universities
See also www.qa-in.nl. and universities of professional education be
If you look for an international programme evaluated against a speciﬁc set of criteria.
or course in the database at www.studyin.nl, Programmes that meet the criteria are
you will notice that the status of individual accredited (i.e. ofﬁcially recognized).
programmes is indicated by icons.
Quality control of specialized courses
The accreditation of programmes is an A specialized course does not lead to a
Brenda Madrazo Gonzalez (24), Mexico
ongoing process, which began in 2003, and
it will take several years before all existing
degree, but to a certiﬁcate or diploma. As
these courses do not lead to a bachelor’s or
Holland provides more
and new programmes have been reviewed
and accredited. In the meantime it has been
master’s degree, they cannot be submitted
for accreditation by the NVAO. The fact that
decided that those programmes which have a specialized course has not been accredited
Research Master in Human Geography and Planning,
been approved under the old system of does not therefore mean that it does not
quality assurance are also granted the status meet quality criteria. The quality of
of accredited programme. Institutions may specialized courses that are part of an Holland is a good option for someone who wants to study in Europe. Holland and the
also offer bachelor’s, master’s or other accredited master’s programme is assured UK are recognized as prime places for programmes taught in English. However, the
programmes that have not been accredited through the accreditation of the main UK is very expensive, so Holland provides more opportunities. What’s more, there
by the NVAO, but by a body in another programme. For other sorts of specialized are almost no two-year master’s programmes in the UK, whereas in Holland there
country. For example a master’s programme courses, a procedure is currently being are many. In this regard, I ﬁnd two-year master’s programmes much more attractive.
offered by a Dutch university of professional prepared so that institutions are able to In one year, you barely have time to settle down, make friends, do research, write a
education, but validated by an accredited declare that the course meets a minimum thesis and get ready to leave. In two years, you can experience the full cycle much
British university. set of quality criteria. better, and you can take more advantage of being abroad. Holland also offers good
opportunities to get scholarships, which is not only really helpful, but essential.
Accredited programmes will be listed in The Dutch way of teaching My programme is quite interesting and I’m enjoying it very much. I looked hard to
the Central Register of Higher Education Respect for each individual’s opinions and ﬁnd an English-taught master’s programme that precisely combined geography and
Programmes (CROHO). Responsibility for convictions is a national virtue that gives planning, and this is the only one. So I was quite sure I wanted to study in Utrecht.
accreditation has been allocated to the strength to the fabric of Holland’s diverse Only the Christmas break is disappointing. Usually you get papers or exams to do,
Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation and plural society. This is the foundation of so it’s not a real break in which you can go back home to visit family and friends.
Organization (see www.nvao.net). the teaching method used at the Dutch For the rest, it is nice that you can decide for yourself how to manage your time.
Students will be awarded recognized degrees educational institutions. However, I ﬁnd that making plans with Dutch students is more difﬁcult since they
only after completing an accredited degree totally rely on their agendas, which are already full for the next coming weeks!
programme. Only degree programmes can There is not much room for spontaneity.
be accredited by the NVAO. This country is fascinating, deﬁnitely a place to experience. I like people’s sense of
proximity, efﬁciency and movement, especially in terms of going from one city to
another for an event on the same day. I’ve been travelling around a lot and every city
has something to offer. Moreover, there are many cheap ﬂights to other places in
22 Study in Holland Europe, so Holland provides a great opportunity to see Europe.
Exchange programmes and scholarships 23
The teaching style can be described as students must have a diploma judged Code of Conduct for student. The educational institution must
student-centred, providing students with the equivalent to the minimum diploma institutions make clear what services it provides to
attention and freedom they need to develop required. On 1 May 2006, the Code of Conduct with international students, such as help with
their own opinions and creativity in There are also study programmes - in the respect to international students in Dutch obtaining a visa and a residence permit,
applying their newly acquired knowledge. arts for example - for which institutions set higher education came into effect. This housing, introduction sessions and student
Holland has received international acclaim their own additional requirements. Code sets out standards for Dutch higher counseling. In their information materials,
for its groundbreaking Problem-Based For admission to a master’s degree education institutions in their dealings with educational institutions must specify clearly
Learning system, which trains students programme, applicants must have at least international students. By signing the Code what services they offer and what the
to analyze and solve practical problems a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. of Conduct, the institutions are offering associated costs are.
independently through emphasis on In certain popular ﬁelds, the number of international students a guarantee of the
self-study and self-discipline. A large portion places is limited and quotas are set. quality of their programmes, student Students from outside the EU, seeking a
of all study programmes is dedicated to It is essential for foreign students to be able recruitment, selection and counseling course at an institution of higher education
writing papers, working in groups to analyze to speak, read and write English well. procedures. Only institutions that have that did not sign the Code of Conduct, will
and solve speciﬁc problems, acquiring Students must have passed an English signed up to the Code are allowed to recruit not be able to obtain visas. The full version
practical work experience through language test. TOEFL is commonly accepted, international students from outside the of the Code of Conduct can be found at
internships, and conducting experiments but institutions may accept other tests as European Union (EU). This Code of Conduct www.internationalstudy.nl. This website also
in laboratories. well, such as IELTS. is an initiative of the Dutch institutions. provides a list of the institutions that have
The required scores are at least 500 - 550 signed the Code.
Admission requirements for TOEFL. For IELTS a score of at least 6 is The Code of Conduct requires educational
To be admitted to a programme of required for the B and M level. institutions to provide timely, reliable
higher study, you should ﬁrst contact the and easily accessible information to
institution that offers the programme. Affordable study international students about their study
Holland has a broad number of disciplines
The main requirement for admission to a Education in Holland is not free, but tuition programmes. Speciﬁcally, this includes
in which it has a leading role.
bachelor’s programme is a secondary-school fees are reasonable compared to other information such as accreditation status,
The ones that are particularly well known
diploma at the appropriate level. Foreign countries. The annual tuition fees for quality, admission requirements as well as
around the world are:
enrolment on a degree programme or course many more important rules and procedures
• management & business studies
at a Dutch higher education institution start for international students. The information
• agricultural sciences
at approximately 1,500 euro for EU students. provided by the educational institutions to
The costs of programmes or courses for international students on the basis of the
• civil engineering
non-EU students are generally higher, so Code of Conduct must be in English, in the
• remote sensing
we recommend that you visit our online language used for the study programme, or
• arts & architecture
database at www.studyin.nl. in the native language of the international
24 Study in Holland
The Dutch government is attempting to make Dutch
higher education as accessible as possible to students
and mid-career professionals from other countries.
In Holland, higher education is subsidized, which means
that tuition fees can be kept relatively low, especially
compared with the United Kingdom and the United
26 Study in Holland
Inbound students Exchange programmes
Foreign students enrolled on full-time, The easiest and cheapest way to study in the
government-ﬁnanced programmes: Netherlands is through an exchange
Estimated at 21,363 (2003-04) programme. Many Dutch higher education
Main source countries of foreign students: institutions have exchange agreements with
1. Germany partner institutions in countries throughout
2. Belgium the world. Exchange programmes and
3. China agreements are often limited to speciﬁc
4. Indonesia ﬁelds or disciplines. Ask at your own
5. Vietnam university or college about the possibilities.
Main specialities of foreign students:
1. Business and administration Funding
2. Social and behavioural science There are several possibilities for obtaining Erasmus Mundus within those partnerships. For information
3. Health funding. These are described here in brief. Erasmus Mundus is a programme of the about existing partnerships (and related
4. Engineering and engineering trades More information can be found at European Commission. Its aim is to improve scholarships) please contact your own
5. Arts www.grantﬁnder.nl, an online search engine the quality of European higher education university. For more detailed information
Dutch government spending on which brings together a range of Dutch and to encourage cooperation with please visit http://europa.eu.int/tempus.
scholarships for foreign students: scholarships for international students who countries outside the EU. It does this
5.2 million euro a year wish to come to the Netherlands. through joint master’s degree programmes Asia
(source: Ministry of Education, 2004-05) offered by partner institutions in the
Worldwide member states. The programmes are based Y.C. Lo Scholarship
Outbound students on a joint curriculum that is taught by Programme Taiwan
Dutch students going abroad (full time, Huygens Scholarship cooperating institutions in at least three This programme for postgraduate studies
regular HE): Estimated at 12,000 Programme European countries. supports promising Taiwanese graduates
Scholarship recipients: Some 6,200 students The Huygens Scholarship Programme (HSP) Students both from inside and outside the and young professionals intending to pursue
go abroad with a scholarship from one of the main is open to students from all countries of the EU can apply to follow these programmes. postgraduate degree programmes at Dutch
Dutch Government or EU programmes (2003-04) world. It is aimed at excellent students who Students coming from outside the EU can universities. Participants include a range
Free movers: Some 25,000 credit-mobile want to come to the Netherlands in the ﬁnal apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. of Dutch companies and institutions.
students a year pay their own way or have a phase of their bachelor’s studies or during A second Erasmus scholarship can be More information about the Y.C. Lo
scholarship from an unknown source their master’s studies. PhD applications can requested by EU students. Scholarship is available at the Netherlands
Regions to which the scholarship only be accepted from students from For further information, see also Education Support Ofﬁce in Taiwan
recipients go: Croatia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ or from www.neso-taipei.org.tw.
Europe (94%), other regions (6%). The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture programmes/mundus/index_en.html.
Dutch government spending on scholarships for and Science has made four million euros StuNed Scholarship
outgoing Dutch students: 2.6 million euro a year available for international students coming Tempus Programme
(source: Ministry of Education, 2004-05) to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens The Tempus programme enables universities StuNed Scholarships for Master studies,
programme. The minister has reserved part in a number of countries in Eastern Europe, short courses and customized training
of the total budget for students following Central Asia, the Western Balkans and programmes are available for Indonesian
programmes in Dutch studies. Applications the Mediterranean region to establish professionals with at least two years
for HSP for the 2007-2008 academic year partnerships in the European Union that work experience in a development-related
must be received by Nufﬁc by 1 February help them restructure their higher organization.
2007 at the latest. More information about education systems. For more information contact
the application procedure and requirements The programme allows universities to offer NEC Indonesia www.necindonesia.com.
can be found at www.nufﬁc.nl/hsp/. scholarships for student exchanges only
28 Study in Holland
Leonardo is the European programme for
Most student exchanges within Europe professional education. The programme
are funded by the European Union. ﬁnances internships in the Netherlands for
For European students, EU exchange periods of three to twelve months. Only
programmes have the advantage that many students or graduates from educational
important matters are already taken care of, institutions that take part in the programme
such as funding, housing and acceptance at and have a structural relationship with a
the institution. company in the Netherlands are eligible for
Often a student will know in advance how a Leonardo grant. Your institution sets the
many credits he or she will earn during the exact eligibility criteria and the amount of
period of exchange. the grant. For more detailed information
contact your own institution or visit:
The Erasmus programme aims to encourage leonardo/leonardo2/naweb_en.html.
cooperation among the higher education
Revriryan Zulkiﬂi (20), Indonesia
institutions of Europe. A large amount of
money is earmarked for supporting students
More information about the
European programmes You can really focus on your
who wish to complete part of their studies in
another country of the European Union or
You can obtain more information about
these European programmes from your own
study and your results
to ﬁnance a European internship. institution, from the EU information centre
Bachelor of Information Technology,
An Erasmus scholarship covers a period of in your own country, or from Nufﬁc. For
Fontys University of Professional Education
three to twelve months. Your own institution information about opportunities related to
must participate in the programme and regular student grants and refunds for the Dutch people have shown me how to get by on my own in a foreign country.
must also have a bilateral agreement with double payment of tuition fees, students They are straightforward people, and really honest about the situation. If they don’t
an institution in the Netherlands before from EU member states can contact like your work, they will say so. This direct attitude is part of the culture in Holland.
your mobility period abroad starts. the Informatie Beheer Groep at I think it’s very important, because it allows me to learn new cultures or customs,
For more detailed information, please visit +31 (0)50 599 77 55 or www.ib-groep.nl. and these are valuable for me to move forward.
the local website of the National Agency in I like a lot of things about Holland, for example, I like the study facilities, I like the
your own country, which you can ﬁnd at environment, I like the people, I like the public transport, and I like the culture.
http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ Holland is a developed, calm country, where the educational system is settled.
programmes/socrates/nat-est_en.html. So thanks to this stability, you can really focus on your study and your results.
I think it is important to remember to make a success of your study here in Holland.
Make sure the “investment” of the people who put their trust in you doesn’t go to
waste. This must be your ﬁrst objective when you go and study abroad. And you
should endeavour try to make yourself useful to society afterwards.
A last piece of advice: before your departure from your home country to Holland,
take all the documents with you, such as passport, birth certiﬁcate, diploma
transcript, letter of acceptance, and so on. Administrative problems can cost
you a lot, ﬁnancially and emotionally.
30 Study in Holland Exchange programmes and scholarships 31
NFP master’s, NFP short courses and NFP country list
NFP PhD studies award fellowships to To be eligible for an NFP fellowship,
individuals. NFP also ﬁnances tailor-made applicants must be a national of one of
training courses that are designed the following countries:
to meet the speciﬁc training needs of an • Afghanistan
organization in one of the NFP countries. • Albania
NFP Refresher Courses ﬁnances courses for • Autonomous Palestinian Territories
NFP alumni who would like to prolong the • Bangladesh
effect of earlier learning and update their • Benin
knowledge and skills. • Bolivia
More information about NFP • Burkina Faso
North America Asia, Africa, More information about NFP, including • Cambodia
Latin-America and the application forms, are available at • Cape Verde
• China *
ISEP Eastern Europe Netherlands embassies and consulates, • Colombia
American students can apply to the NEC/NESO ofﬁces or from Nufﬁc’s website • Costa Rica
International Student Exchange Program Netherlands Fellowship www.nufﬁc.nl/nfp. • Ecuador
(ISEP). ISEP offers diverse exchange Programmes • Egypt
• El Salvador
programmes, which are administered in The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes Applicants for PhD studies, master’s degree
their own country. For more information (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes or short courses must ﬁrst gain • Ethiopia
www.isep.org. programmes designed to foster capacity academic admission to the course of their • Georgia
building within organizations in 57 choice before applying for a fellowship • Guatemala
Fulbright Scholarships developing countries by providing through the Netherlands embassy or • Guinea-Bissau
Fulbright Scholarships are available training and education to their mid-career consulate in their country. Also, they can • India
for American graduate students and staff members. The NFP are funded by the only apply for an NFP fellowship if the • Indonesia
researchers. Inquire at your own institution Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from course is on the NFP course list for that • Iran
• Ivory Coast
or at the Netherlands America Commission the budget for development cooperation. particular year. • Jordan
for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Center) • Kenya
www.fulbright.nl. The need for education and training must In all cases, applicants are advised to contact • Mali
occur within the organization of the the Netherlands embassy, consulate or NEC/ • Moldova
Transatlantic Degree applicant. This means that applicants NESO well in advance for speciﬁc instruc- • Mongolia
Consortia must be nominated by their employers. tions, and to inquire about speciﬁc local • Namibia
Transatlantic Degree Consortia are a new In fact, applications without the support procedures and deadlines, requirements • Nepal
form of partnership programmes between of an employer will not be considered. and selection criteria. • Nigeria
the EU and the US. Curricula are being These may differ from the general • Pakistan
developed for bachelor’s programmes that There are ﬁve NFP sub-programmes: information provided on Nufﬁc’s website
lead to the award of a joint or double degree. • Fellowships for master’s degree or in the brochures. • Rwanda
A consortium has to include one higher programmes • Senegal
• South Africa
education establishment in the US and at • Fellowships for PhD studies • Sri Lanka
least two in the EU. Students spend time • Fellowships for short courses • Suriname
studying on both sides of the Atlantic. • Tailor-made training courses • Thailand
For more information, see • Refresher courses • Uganda
http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ • Vietnam
programmes/eu-usa/consult_en.html. • Zambia
32 Study in Holland * excluding citizens of Hong Kong and Macao
Preparing for study
Be sure to allow plenty of time for preparations. You will
need to start planning your stay a year in advance.
Remember, the academic year in Holland runs from the
end of August to the end of June.
34 Study in Holland
Visas and residence permits Application procedure European citizens a week year-round, or full-time during the
To enter Holland for study purposes, The regular application procedure for Nationals of EU/EEA states are not required months of June, July and August only.
inhabitants from most countries need an MVV may take three to six months, by law to apply for a residence permit. Nor If you have successfully completed your
a visa. This is a sticker placed in your sometimes even longer. The Dutch host are they required to register with the Dutch programme of higher education, you may
passport at the Dutch embassy or consulate institution can apply for an MVV on your immigration authorities. However, it is apply for a residence permit to work.
in your own country, but it must be applied behalf using a fast-track procedure. advisable to do this in order to avoid hassles To do this, you must have a contract of
for well in advance. For a stay of less than But to do this, the institution must give the when dealing with certain authorities and employment. For more information about
three months, you might need a ‘short stay authorities a guarantee, which they sign. companies. You can ﬁnd more information all of these procedures, see
visa’ (Visum Kort Verblijf), depending on your Institutions will not always agree to do this. about how and where to register on www.nufﬁc.nl/immigration.
nationality. If you will be staying for longer But it is worth asking the institution about www.ind.nl and www.nufﬁc.nl/immigration.
than three months, you need an the fast-track procedure, because it will save Insurance
‘authorization for temporary stay’ both time and trouble. The administration Work permits Dutch law requires everyone living in
(Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf, or MVV). fee for an MVV is 433 euro if you apply for International students, with a non-EU/EEA Holland to be covered by health insurance.
This requirement does not apply to citizens it yourself and 250 euro if the Dutch host nationality, who do an internship or Students must make sure that they have
of the EU/EEA, the USA, Australia, New institution applies for the MVV on your practical training as part of their studies adequate cover. If the insurance you have
Zealand, Canada, Japan, Switzerland behalf. in the Netherlands may not need to have a in your own country provides full cover for
or Monaco. work permit anymore after 1 October 2006. medical costs while you are in Holland, you
Within three days of arriving in Holland, In the upcoming months the Dutch should bring with you a statement
all foreign nationals must register with the government will take a ﬁnal decision on (in English) detailing the insurance cover.
local municipality. Those intending to stay this proposition of the Dutch cabinet. If you do not have adequate cover, you will
for longer than three months also need If you have followed a programme of study have to take out a policy. In some situations
to obtain a residence permit in your home country, and you come to the you may be obliged to join the Dutch public
(verblijfsvergunning). You may need this even Netherlands solely for an internship or health insurance scheme, for example if you
if you did not require a visa to enter the practical training, you will need a work have a job in Holland or if you are going to
country. The administration fee for a permit if you are not an EU/EEA national. be staying in Holland for a few years or
residence permit currently stands at Your employer must apply for this permit for longer. The student dean at your host
433 euro if you do not need an MVV and you. You also need a work permit if you want institution can provide you with more
188 euro if you do need an MVV. to take paid work alongside your studies. information. Some insurance policies are
There are two options if you want to work specially developed for students, please see
while you study: either less than ten hours www.nufﬁc.nl/pdf/service/factsh/
36 Study in Holland
If you are taking part in an exchange 1 Examine the available study programmes.
programme or are enrolled on an See www.studyin.nl for a recent list of
international course, it is quite possible that international study programmes and
a room will be arranged for you. Accept it courses. To avoid disappointment, make
immediately, or you will regret it later! some second choices as well.
Finding a place to live in a country as 2 Make sure that the programme of your
crowded as Holland is not easy. It is even choice is an accredited programme. If it is
difﬁcult for Dutch students to ﬁnd their own not, it doesn’t mean that its quality is not
rented rooms on the private market. Rooms up to par, but it may mean that the degree
are generally unfurnished, and kitchens and is not formally recognized in the Nether-
bathrooms are often shared with others. lands. As a consequence the degree may
Most rental contracts are for at least six not be recognized in your home country.
months or a year. Before you leave your own 3 Contact the Dutch embassy or the
country, ask your host institution whether international relations ofﬁce of your own
or not housing will be arranged for you in institution to ﬁnd out about scholarship and
Julius Fofang Awambeng (29), Cameroon
advance. exchange opportunities and look at
The curriculum is rich
The EIU’s latest Worldwide Cost of Living
4 Contact the institution in Holland that
offers the programme you have chosen,
Survey shows that the cost of living in and ask for more information about
International Hotel Management, International University
Amsterdam is modest compared with cities admission requirements, etc.
of Applied Sciences NHTV Breda
like New York, London, Paris and Beijing. 5 If the programme is suitable and you meet
Experience shows that to live and study in the requirements, follow the institution’s In Cameroon, I was a receptionist at a hotel. I’m happy that I could come to Holland
Holland for one year costs a student between procedure for gaining admission. to follow a study programme that I’ve dreamt of for a long time. The most important
700 and 1,000 euro a month. This is needed 6 At the same time, check which immigration thing is that I know I have a future with my international degree after graduation. It is
to cover daily expenses, to pay the rent, and regulations apply to you. You will ﬁnd this recognized everywhere, so I can be conﬁdent that I will ﬁnd a job.
for registration and tuition fees. information at: www.nufﬁc.nl/immigration The study system is not the same as in Cameroon. In the Netherlands, there are only
or www.ind.nl. a few students in a class, so the tutor can easily monitor the progress of each student
You cannot rely on ﬁnding a source of 7 Gather all the documents which the Dutch closely. Grades are awarded according to your competences.
additional income after you arrive. The immigration authorities require in your case. The curriculum is rich and intensive. You need to be very motivated to complete the
institutions have very limited funds for If you need an entry visa (MVV), ask your academic year successfully. In general, classes take all day. The weekends are free,
supporting students. If you are from an EU host institution if they can arrange it on but I have to do assignments and prepare for the coming week. My student life is
or EEA member state, however, you may be your behalf. busy, so an agenda is a necessity for me.
entitled to a regular student grant or to a 8 Ask the host institution about arranging a The facilities for studies and leisure are modern and available to every student: the
refund of the tuition fees. place for you to live. library, all the media, the infrastructure and machines, sport accommodations, you
For speciﬁc information, contact the 9 Check whether your current health name it.
Informatie Beheer Groep, www.ib-groep.nl. insurance provides sufﬁcient coverage while Although the cost of rent for your room and insurance isn’t cheap, study in Holland
you are in Holland. Check the information is less expensive compared to other countries. The tuition fees and the price of food
on www.nufﬁc.nl/pdf/service/factsh/ and drink are relatively low.
healthinsurance.pdf. One good tip: start as early as possible with your admission procedure because it
10 Once all of your papers are in order, you can take some time. It’s important to study the rules and regulations very well before
can start making your travel plans. making plans.
About the Dutch: I think they are hard-working, hospitable and proud people. Their
lifestyle is simple and sociable, but strict. This explains, in my opinion, why they are
38 Study in Holland able to train good and successful managers. Exchange programmes and scholarships 39
The Dutch have an urban, cosmopolitan lifestyle, but
they live in cities built on a human scale. The cities are
a nice mix of traditional and modern architecture. You can
get nearly everywhere in Holland by bike or by train, and
there are plenty of activities and cultural attractions to
enjoy during your leisure time.
40 Study in Holland
Population Daily life Security Leisure
Total population: 16,335,509 inhabitants In daily life, you may suddenly ﬁnd yourself By international standards, Holland is a The Netherlands is more varied than you
(December 2005), Holland is the third most thinking about the things that you take for safe country, with low levels of violence and might think. There’s plenty to see, from
crowded country in the world granted at home, such as ﬁnding a place to street crime. The police are friendly and strolling through town, making a boat trip
Ethnic composition: 90% of the inhabitants are live, taking out insurance, ﬁnding out helpful, they have a duty to protect everyone on the canals or lakes, lazing on the beach,
ethnically Dutch, and 7% have their roots in one whether you’re allowed to work, and getting and can always be safely approached. If you to walking in the woods and dunes. Have a
of the following countries: another EU member used to a different currency. But you are also contact them, don’t worry about language look a www.holland.com to see what the
state, Indonesia, Suriname, Turkey, Morocco, bound to have some practical questions too, difﬁculties as the police will always ﬁnd possibilities are. There’s no shortage of
or the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba like how to get a mobile phone, how to send someone, free of charge, who speaks your entertainment either. Major international
Foreign residents: 3 million (without Dutch a parcel home, what are the rules of the language. In an emergency where there is stars regularly play at Dutch stadiums and
nationality) road, etc. For more information and useful a danger to life or a crime is in progress other smaller venues.
Religion: 52% identify themselves as Christian, links, see www.international-students.nl. you can contact the police, ﬁre brigade or Parkpop (in The Hague in June) is the biggest
40% claim no afﬁliation, and 8% belong to other For a general view of life in Holland, take ambulance by dialling 112 from any phone free live music festival in Europe. Musicals
religions a look at the interesting movies on (free of charge). and the theatre are also very popular. With
National language: Dutch. Nearly everyone www.vi5ions.nl. It is essential that you take out insurance over 1,000 museums, there’s a lot for you to
also speaks English, especially in the larger cities when you arrive in Holland to insure your discover in the Netherlands (more
and towns. Many Dutch people speak German Student culture belongings against theft and accidental information at www.concert.nl and
and French as well. In the northern province of The higher education institutions are spread damage. For general information on www.museumserver.nl in Dutch).
Friesland, Frisian is spoken as a second language throughout the country and very few of insurance, look at www.ace-ips-nl.com. At Queen’s Day or when the national soccer
by some 600,000 people them have campuses. The buildings of a team is playing, people dress in orange and
single university might even be scattered Costs go partying in the street.
Average prices throughout a city. Nevertheless, there Although differences between incomes are
A cup of coffee/tea in a café 1.50 euros certainly is a student culture. Around each relatively small in Holland, most students Food
A cheese sandwich 2.00 euros institution, a network of associations brings live towards the bottom of the economic Dutch cuisine is not exactly world famous.
A Big Mac 2.95 euros students together for study-related activities, ladder. If you have an average student The Dutch themselves do not have a ﬁne
Dinner in a typical student restaurant sports and recreation. These associations income – from a scholarship for example tradition of cooking, and hot meals are
10 euros are run by students and some are – you will ﬁnd that one-third of it will go limited to one a day, traditionally in the
A cinema ticket 7.50 euros internationally oriented. Students also have towards housing. Food might cost you evening. Breakfast generally consists of
A text message on your mobile phone their favourite pubs, restaurants and other another third. Fortunately, most higher sliced bread with cheese, sliced meat or jam.
from 0.07 euros meeting places. In general, we can say that education institutions offer hot meals at Most people have sandwiches for lunch with
the Dutch higher education community reasonable prices. Many cities have pubs the addition of perhaps soup, a salad or
seeks to be part of society and not isolated (eetcafé’s) where you can eat cheaply and fruit. For the evening meal, large quantities
from it. well. But the cheapest way to eat is to do of potatoes and vegetables are accompanied
your own cooking. The remaining third of by a relatively small serving of meat or ﬁsh.
your money will go towards books, travel, This traditional diet is also the most
and other expenses. economical.
In recent years, however, Dutch tastes are
becoming more international and reﬁned.
You will ﬁnd a large variety of products
(pasta dishes, rice, curry) in the regular
supermarkets, and many restaurants offer a
wide range of international dishes.
42 Study in Holland
Travel country also reﬂects the mentality. Society
Holland is a small country. You do not really is organized in a non-hierarchical way.
need a car to get around. Public transport For example, a teacher is most of the time
will take you almost anywhere you need accessible and a real interlocutor for his
to go. Although train and bus fares are not students. You’ll be on familiar terms with
cheap, it costs much more to operate a car. everybody very soon.
Consider buying a discount card for the
train; it really is worth the investment. Religion
The Netherlands has a dense railway Although modern Dutch society is very
network that offers frequent service and the secular and not many Dutch people
quickest way to travel between city centres. identify with an organized religion, you will
Particularly in the western part of the see plenty of churches, mosques and other
country, the cities are easily accessible by places of worship. You will have plenty of
train, even at night. opportunities to practice your own religion
Use a travel planner (www.9292ov.nl, in if you wish. Ask the student affairs ofﬁce
Dutch) to work out your journey beforehand, of your host institution to help you locate
Linn Torp (23), Norway
and you’ll be there in no time.
The bicycle is the cheapest and easiest way to
practitioners of your religion. Or telephone
the Netherlands Centre for Foreigners in
Dutch people are friendly,
get around, especially if you live in a city.
Most Dutch people, regardless of their
Utrecht at www.ncbnet.nl (in Dutch).
open and honest
profession or status, own a bicycle. Buy a Problems Bachelor in Communication, INHOLLAND University
second-hand one rather than a new one. If you encounter a problem, the ﬁrst person
of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam
This will save you money, but be sure to buy to talk to should be the person who can help
at least one strong lock. Sometimes a good resolve it. If, for example, you have problems I like studying in the Netherlands, especially at an international school. It’s completely
lock costs more than the bike itself! about your course, ﬁrst talk to your tutor different than studying in your own country. We work a lot in groups and that is very
about it. Because of cultural differences or interesting, even if it is frustrating sometimes. It is a challenge to come to a solution
Mentality because you are new to the Netherlands, that people from ﬁve different countries can agree on. I learn a lot from it every day.
The Netherlands is a ‘self-service country’. you may wish to ﬁnd out more. In the ﬁrst Dutch people are friendly, open and honest. When you try to learn the language they
That means that the Dutch try to manage instance, contact the international student react in a very enthusiastic way. On the other hand, they can also be rude in this
most of the things themselves, which makes ofﬁce at your university. Almost all crowded city. I really like the small old villages in Holland, and the beaches. I could
them very independent and organized. universities and universities of professional not believe just how beautiful they were!
They take their own shopping bags to the education have a counsellor who is assigned There is not much organized for the international students at my school. Social
supermarket, they weigh the vegetables to help students or handle complaints. things happen on people’s own initiative. But Thursdays and the weekend are very
themselves, they perform all kinds of repair lively in the city, and there’s always something happening.
jobs and, in the eyes of the Dutch, the best If you tried all the options above and Studying abroad is an experience for a lifetime. You learn a lot about yourself and
remedy for the ﬂu is good rest and not you still can’t get the right help, the about other cultures. In the Netherlands, you meet people from all over the world in
immediately medicines. Another International Student Helpdesk a small country, so you get to know a lot of cultures here. Moreover, it is a perfect
distinctive characteristic of the Dutch people (www.nufﬁc.nl/ish) will be able to point you location for taking small trips to other countries all over Europe. Before I came here,
is their openness and direct way of acting in the right direction. This website provides I thought society in Holland was almost like mine, but it turned out to be quit
and speaking. You will notice that you can you with information about the problems different and new. That is what I like best about living here.
say what is on your mind, the Dutch aren’t most commonly faced by international
offended easily. The physical ﬂatness of the students in the Netherlands.
44 Study in Holland Exchange programmes and scholarships 45
Useful websites and Study in Holland Living in Holland Indonesia
addresses • Everything about study in Holland, • AON, insurance for foreign students Netherlands Education Centre Indonesia
including a list of study programmes in www.myaon.nl/fellows Menara Jamsostek 20th ﬂoor
General information English • IPS, the Insurance Passport for Students, Jl. Gatot Subroton no.38
about Holland www.studyin.nl is specially developed for students, Jakarta 12710
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with • Online search engine, which brings researchers and teachers going abroad Tel: +62 21 5290 2172
addresses of Dutch embassies abroad together a range of Dutch scholarships for to study or work. www.necindonesia.com
www.minbuza.nl/english/homepage.asp international students www.ace-ips-nl.com
• Information on Dutch immigration laws www.grantﬁnder.nl • Living in the Netherlands or moving to Taiwan
www.mobstacles.nl • This website is the portal for all foreign the Netherlands Netherlands Education Support Ofﬁce Taipei
• Netherlands Board of Tourism, students in Holland www.expatica.com/index.asp Room D, 7th ﬂoor
including a map of Holland www.international-students.nl • Learn Dutch; the Learn Dutch website 133 Minsheng E. Road, Section 3
www.holland.com • The website of the international is a resource for Distance Learners who Taipei 105, Taiwan
• A movie that portrays the life of ﬁve student organization like to exercise their mind with a Tel: +886 2 8770 7621
foreigners in Holland www.aiesec.nl difﬁcult-to-learn language www.neso-taipei.org.tw
www.vi5ions.nl • The site of the Erasmus Student Network www.learndutch.org
in the Netherlands Vietnam
www.esn-nl.org Netherlands Education Netherlands Education Support Ofﬁce
• Nufﬁc, Netherlands Organization for Support Ofﬁces Vietnam
International Cooperation in Higher Netherlands Education Support Ofﬁces 35, Le Thanh Ton St. District 1,
Education are overseas representative ofﬁces of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
www.nufﬁc.nl Nufﬁc and provide information, support and Tel: +8822 0713 or +822 0724
• More information about accreditation liaison for the academic communities of the www.nesovietnam.com
and a list of accredited study programmes Netherlands and of the country they
www.nvao.nl are situated in. Mexico
• The Association of Universities in Netherlands Education Support Ofﬁce
the Netherlands China (also covering Hong Kong) Mexico
www.vsnu.nl Netherlands Education Support Presidente Masarik 191, 7th Floor, Colonia
• The Association of Universities Ofﬁce China Polanco
of Professional Education Beijing New World Center zip.11570 Mexico City, Mexico
www.hbo-raad.nl South Ofﬁce Tower 615 Tel: +52 55 3200 8682
• Quality assurance in Dutch 3 Chongwenmenwai Street www.nesomexico.com
higher education Beijing 100062, P.R. China
www.qa-in.nl Tel: +86 (10) 6708 4086
46 Study in Holland
Institutions for higher Universiteit Nimbas Graduate School of HAS Den Bosch University of Royal Academy of Art, University
education in Holland Management Professional Education of Professional Education
This is a complete overview of all the Helicon University of Professional Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences,
institutions for higher education in Dutch universities of Education, based on anthroposophy University of Professional Education
Holland. professional education HES Amsterdam School of Economics (several locations)
For the institutions which offer The English term preferred by most Dutch and Business, University of STOAS, University of Professional
international courses, go to the ISPAC hogescholen is ‘University of Professional Professional Education Education, Teacher Training
database at www.studyin.nl. Education’, and many add this as a subtitle Hogeschool Domstad, University of The Hague University of Applied Sciences,
For more information about the institutions to their Dutch name. This list is based upon Professional Education, Teacher Training University of Professional Education
and direct links, see also www.studyin.nl. the overview of CROHO. Hogeschool De Horst, University of Utrecht School of the Arts,
Professional Education University of Professional Education
Dutch universities Government-funded universities of Hogeschool Edith Stein OCT, University Van Hall Instituut/Larenstein, University
This list is based upon the overview professional education of Professional Education, of Professional Education
of CROHO. Amsterdam School of the Arts, Teacher Training Windesheim University of
University of Professional Education Hogeschool Leiden, University of Professional Education
Government-funded universities ArtEZ Institute for the Arts, Professional Education Zuyd University of Professional
Delft University of Technology University of Professional Education Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University Education (several locations)
Erasmus University Rotterdam AVANS University of Professional of Professional Education
Eindhoven University of Technology Education (several locations) Hogeschool van Utrecht, University of Government-approved universities
Leiden University CHN University of Professional Education Professional Education of professional education
Maastricht University Codarts, University of Professional Hogeschool Zeeland, University of Applied HANIO, HAN Individueel Onderwijs
Open University of the Netherlands Arts Education Sciences, University of Professional Hogeschool Thorbecke
Radboud University Nijmegen De Kempel, University of Professional Education Instituut Brouwer
Tilburg University Education, Teacher Training College Hotelschool The Hague International Stichting Hoger Onderwijs NOVI
Universiteit van Amsterdam Design Academy Eindhoven, University Institute for Hospitality Management Azusa Theologische Hogeschool (in Dutch)
University of Groningen of Professional Education INHOLLAND University of Applied Sciences, St Amsterdamse Balletacademie
University of Twente Drenthe University of Applied Sciences, University of Professional Education The New School for Information Services
Utrecht University University of Professional Education (several locations) Stichting Hoger Onderwijs voor
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Driestar Christian University of IPABO Amsterdam, University of Bedrijfskundige Informatiekunde
Wageningen University Professional Education Professional Education, Teacher Training Stichting opleidingen Hoger Onderwijs
Dronten, University of Professional Iselinge, University of Professional voor Tolken en Vertalers
Government-approved universities Education, Agricultural Education, Teacher Training Markus Verbeek Opleidingen Stichting
Katholieke Theologische Universiteit Ede Christian University of Applied Sciences, Marnix Academie, University of Hoger Onderwijs
te Utrecht University of Professional Education Professional Education, Teacher Training Hogeschool GEO
Theologische Faculteit Tilburg Fontys Pedagogic Technical University NHL University of Applied Sciences, PBNA-HBO
Theologische Universiteit van de of Professional Education University of Professional Education HBO Nederland
Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken Fontys University of Professional NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Dirksen B.V.
Theologische Universiteit van de Education (several locations) University of Professional Education Nationale Luchtvaart School
Gereformeerde Kerken Gerrit Rietveld Academie, University of Reformed University of Professional Knowledge Services (IBBB)
Theologische Universiteit van de Professional Education Education Zwolle European University for Professional
Gereformeerde Kerken (vrijg.) Ned. HAN University of Applied Sciences, Roman Catholic Primary Teacher Education
Transnationale Universiteit Limburg University of Professional Education Training College Zwolle, University Hogeschool Schoevers
Nyenrode Business Universiteit Hanze University of Applied Sciences of Professional Education Academie voor Eurythmie
University for Humanistics Groningen, University of Professional Rotterdam University of Professional InterCollege Business School
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