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The Netherlands, also informally known as Holland, is part of mainland Europe. The country is home to around 17.6 million people, and has a large international population. A founding member of many international and intergovernmental organisations, the Netherlands is an important and influential country.

The Netherlands is also often called 'Holland', which refers to the 2 western coastal provinces, North and South Holland. In international communications the names are used interchangeably. Both the Netherlands and Holland refer to the small country that is wedged between Germany, Belgium and the North Sea.

Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its high quality. There are two types of higher education institutions in the Netherlands: universities of applied sciences (hogescholen; HBO), and research universities (universiteiten; WO). A university of applied sciences normally offers courses to prepare students for a specific vocation, whereas a research university offers more general courses. Both universities award globally recognised degree classifications.


The academic year for Dutch universities and hogescholen starts in September and runs through to the end of June of the following year. The year is divided up into two semesters, with the second starting in early February. There is also a two-week break over Christmas and the New Year.The main intake offered by all Colleges and Universities in Netherlands is September.


For postgraduate study, most Dutch HE institutions will expect you to have a relevant Bachelor degree for the subject you are wishing to study. In some case you’ll be expected to have gained a good honours degree, but always check with the University/Faculty directly for more information.

For certain courses, you may have to take additional tests to gain entry onto the Master’s courses. For example, a GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) may be required for entry on to some postgraduate business courses.

For some subjects, you may need to submit a pre-application to the university/faculty to see if you have the relevant academic background for the course before you are then invited to submit a full application to the institution.

Popular Universities:
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Twente
  • Radboud University
  • University of Groningen
  • Tilburg University
  • Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • Wageningen University and Research Center

Education and Living Costs:

Tuition Fees:

The annual tuition fee (statutory fee) for students of other nationalities for bachelor’s programmes is between € 6,000 and € 15,000, and for a master’s programme between € 8,000 and € 20,000 on average.

Living Expenses:

The cost of living for international students in Netherlands depends upon your lifestyle. The good news is that students also have the advantage of availing of special student discounts at malls, entertainment centres and more. Get an International Student ID card or a Dutch CJP card and enjoy all the benefits available for you. An average cost of living incurred by international students varies between 800-1000 EUR per month.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are many different scholarships available for International students, including the Holland Scholarship and the Erasmus programme. There are scholarships for different education levels, for different study fields and for students from almost every country in the world!

the Dutch government introduced the Holland Scholarship to attract more international students to the Netherlands. The scholarship is for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who plan to do a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the Netherlands. The scholarships have a value of 5.000 euros each and will be awarded to students in their first year to cover study costs.

A student planning to take up a course that is over 90 days in duration would need a Residence Permit to stay in the Netherlands for the purpose of completing their education. Depending on the kind, of course, the student is planning to undertake, he/she can apply for the relevant student visa – Schengen Visa (for courses less than 3 months) and Entry Visa - MVV and the VVR or the Residence Permit for bachelor/ masters from the Netherlands.

The visa process for the Netherlands’ is a two-step process which requires

  • The MVV or an Entry Visa to enter the Netherlands
  • The VRV – or the Residence Permit – granted to students within a month of their reaching the country

Under the TEV Procedure, the University would request you to provide the necessary documents and submit the form on your behalf to the IND in the Netherlands. Once the IND approves your application, it would grant you an MVV (Provisional Residence Permit) which would be valid for 3 months. The student can collect the MVV from the Dutch Embassy/ Consulate and then fly to the Netherlands.
On arriving in the Netherlands, Students would then be required by their respective Universities to appear for and apply for a Residence Permit (VRV) within a stipulated time. Again, it may vary from university to university but is usually stipulated between 3 to 5 days. The application is then forwarded by the University for a Permanent Residence Permit which is issued within the following two weeks.

Required documents:
  • A student must have a valid passport with a validity of at least 12 months at the time of application
  • Confirmation of Admission from a Dutch University.
  • The IND stipulates the minimum fund requirement for stay at €900 per month for students enrolled in Universities. It is important to note that this is the cost of living as stipulated and is revised twice a year (on January 1 and July 1).
  • Health insurance for the first three months of your stay in the Netherlands. Also, you might be requested for a Tuberculosis test before you travel to the Netherlands.
There are two main types of higher education universities in the Netherlands: Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. Research universities focus on the independent practice of researchoriented work in an academic setting. However, many study programmes at research universities also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community. Universities of Applied Sciences offer programmes that focus on the practical application of Arts and Sciences. Acquiring practical work and research experience through internships is an integral part of professional study programmes offered at these institutions.