Netherlands or Holland?

“The rest of the world is a big place”, say the Dutch, well aware of how small their country is.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of four countries, the Netherlands itself in mainland Europe, and the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, as well as three special municipalities, the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, also in the Caribbean.

The country’s formal name is the Netherlands, meaning 'low countries', because much of the land is at or below sea level.

Educational perspective

Higher education in Holland is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 2,100 international study programmes and courses, it has the largest offer of English-taught programmes in continental Europe.

Dutch higher education also has reasonable tuition fees.

Holland’s higher education has a worldwide reputation for its high quality. Dutch institutions score high in the main rankings. This quality is guaranteed through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. 13 Dutch research universities are among the top 200 universities in the world - this shows that the academic quality of Dutch institutions is well recognised.

Why choose Netherlands – From a student perspective

From Netherlands it is easy to explore the rest of Europe.

Once you have arrived there, you will discover that many European capitals are within easy reach. Berlin, Brussels and Paris are just a few hours away by train, and a short flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will take you to London, Madrid or Rome.

During the academic year 2017-18 over 122,000 international students studied in Dutch higher education. This is the highest number ever recorded in Netherlands. This group consists of all bachelor- and master students. A total of 81,392 internationally mobile students were enrolled in an accredited degree programme in public higher education.

Dutch universities can be a starting point for study tours and exchanges in other European countries.

Intakes

September (Autumn Intake) & February (Spring Intake)

Deadlines

15 January for a Numerus Fixus programme

1 May for all other study programmes*

(*) This is the general deadline, but always check the exact deadline with the institution of your choice, as it may vary per institution and study programme.

Passport validity requirement

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required.

Living cost

Your daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and cinema tickets. But you also need to take into account the costs for housing and insurance. Experience has shown that students living and studying in Holland for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.

The costs depend on the city where you study, what is included in the rent and the arrangements made by the institution.

After studies – settlement options

Once you have lived in the Netherlands for five uninterrupted years, depending on your nationality and circumstances in the Netherlands, you can be eligible for either Dutch or European permanent residence.