When you think of the Netherlands, you might think of windmills, bikes, and bridges – three suitably idyllic symbols of this prosperous Northern European nation. Its capital, Amsterdam, is a world-famous tourist destination and one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, but lesser-known Dutch cities, like Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague house thriving student populations and are renowned as higher education hotspots. However, they are hardly a hidden secret, given that the number of international students in the country is at a record high, currently making up 11.5% of the total student population.
Students arriving in the Netherlands will enjoy a country full of scenic waterways, endless bike lanes, and plenty of greenery, but do not be fooled by its sleepy appearance. The Netherlands is also home to some of the biggest companies in the world – including Shell, Unilever, and Heineken – with a highly active and developed economy. Over the years, it has also established itself as a primary European transport hub. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe while Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is only beaten in size by London’s Heathrow Airport. Throw in generous post-graduation visa options, a plethora of English programs available to students, and efficient public transport systems throughout the country and you’ve got yourself one of the best study destinations in Europe.
Master programs in the Netherlands typically cost between EUR€20,000 and €50,000 per year. When it comes to living costs, one person can expect to spend around EUR €900 per month, excluding rent. Renting a room in a shared apartment can cost anywhere between EUR€400 and €600 per month, but this number can go up to EUR€1,200 in Amsterdam.
To study in the Netherlands, you will need to apply for a residence permit, the requirements of which differ depending on whether you are an EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA citizen. The application for a student visa in the Netherlands costs EUR€207.
World-class universities are scattered throughout the country. The highest-ranked schools in the Netherlands are the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the University of Amsterdam, and Utrecht University.
The Netherlands is one of the highest-earning nations in the world, with one of the highest GDPs per capita of any country and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU. The pharmaceutical, creative, and financial services industries are among the biggest in the country. Part-time employment is particularly high in the Netherlands, with research showing that part-time employment makes up nearly two-thirds of the total Dutch labor force.
Thanks to a high quality of life, excellent universities, and a plethora of English language courses, the number of international students in the Netherlands is at an all-time high. International students make up around 11.5% of all university students in the country, with around a quarter of those international students coming from outside the EU/EEA.
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