STUDY IN NETHERLANDS
Netherlands has long been on the list of students willing to study abroad. There are a number of perks one will experience with studying in Netherlands. To start with, your ‘student’ experience in the Netherlands is bound to be quite enriching. It is indeed a small country in comparison to so many others. However, it has made a significant impact on the world in several ways. This is why several international companies have their headquarters in the Netherlands. While studying in Netherlands, you will always feel welcome here. Almost four million people from amongst a total populace of almost 17 million are foreigners. This multi-ethnicity has been in evidence for hundreds of years. Locals and foreigners find it easy to gain employment here.
The Dutch go out of their way to be friendly and receptive. They converse comfortably in English with people from overseas. The Netherlands ranks third in the world for English (as a second language) proficiency. The official languages of the Netherlands are Dutch and Frisian. However, the former is more popular than the latter. Other known languages are English, German, Dutch Low Saxon, French, Gronings and Limburgish. Urban dwellers pick up languages more easily, since they encounter diverse cultures oftener than rural dwellers do. If you are someone who is looking forward to studying in Netherlands, here is all you need to know.
TOP UNIVERSITIES TO STUDY IN NETHERLANDS:
Thirteen of the universities in the Netherlands are listed among the top universities in the world by QS ranking. Same is the number for the Times Higher Ranking and ARWU rankings. Apart from these 13, there are a plethora of options for the international students to study in Netherlands. They are some of the most prestigious universities around. Engineering, Technology, Manufacturing and Medicine are some of the most preferred courses in the Netherlands. Some of the top universities are:
STUDY IN NETHERLANDS COST:
One of the most important aspects of studying abroad is the management of the course one has to bear for the education and the living. For the most part, Netherlands is an affordable study abroad destination for international students. Of course, the metropolitan areas like Amsterdam are somewhat not inexpensive, but as you move away from them, it is comparatively cheaper by European standards. The tuition fees for the universities start at as low as 8000 Euros, and the living expenses are just under 100 euros a month on average.
STUDYING MASTERS IN NETHERLANDS:
Masters in the Netherlands is one of the most sought-after program in the world. A large number of students opt to study for their graduate degrees in the Netherlands as there are a number of prestigious universities in Netherlands, and they offer a large number of English taught courses for the international students. As we have mentioned, you do not need to learn or be fluent in Dutch to study in the Netherlands, and Masters’s in Netherlands is one of those opportunities for international students.
The Netherlands is akin to an alluvial plain with minimal differences in altitude. Famed as the lowest nation in Europe, approximately one-quarter of its landmass lies below sea level. Well-built and well-maintained dykes and dunes serve to keep the sea away from the reclaimed land. Holland lies at the mouth of three Rivers – Schelde, Rhine and Meuse. These ‘low lands’ are located in Western Europe. Their boundaries include the North Sea in the west and north, Germany in the east and Belgium in the south. The highest part of this nation is Vaalserberg, merely 322 meters above sea level. The lowest point is Zuidplaspolder, around seven meters below sea level.
You may tour the Netherlands by inter-city and intra-city trains, buses, trams or bicycles. Avoid taking a taxi unless it is an emergency. This mode of transportation is extremely expensive. If you desire to savour the unique flavour of the Netherlands, opt for traversing the canals by boat! Take part in an organized biking tour with a planned itinerary. You will be able to cover over 20,000 km of paths. Some Dutch towns are akin to charming picture postcards. One of them is the quintessential Eden, where you can eat Dutch cheese to your heart’s content. Purchase beautifully designed white and blue pottery at Delft. Climb the nation’s only mountain located at Maastricht. You will enjoy exploring the 17-century buildings and parks at historic Leiden. The Pilgrims resided at this small town, before moving over to the U.S. Dotted with glorious canals, Giethoorn (Venice of the North) is slow-paced. The peaceful city centre is devoid of noisy automobiles. The metropolis is a complete contrast to these towns. Amsterdam is the hub of tourism, with diverse contemporary attractions. Rotterdam has famous harbor locks, splendid shops and marvelous architecture. The Hague has the beach, the International Criminal Court and the Queen’s office.
POLITICS & ECONOMY:
The Netherlands has had a royal presence ever since 1815. Queens from the House of Oranje- Nassau was the dominant rulers until 2013. In 2013, Queen Beatrix handed over the royal crown to Willem-Alexander. The queen consort, Maxima (Argentine) helps Willehm- Alexander handle royal affairs.
The king was born on April 27, 1967. The Dutch celebrate his birthday with gusto. Every bit of clothing is a brilliant shade of orange. Even the clothing accessories are of the same color.
The king is helped in his duties by a Parliament. Provincial councils elect 75 individuals to be part of the upper chamber. Around 150 people are members of the lower chamber. Elections to the lower chamber take place every four years.
The executive body is known as the Cabinet. No one can be a member of both, parliament and cabinet, at the same time. The constitution came into being in 1848. Specific amendments have been undertaken in 1983. Very pro-Europe by nature, the Netherlands became a founding member of the EU. In 2002, it changed its national currency from guilder to Euro. The nation is Eurozone’s fifth-largest economy. Its EU deficit ceiling (3%) is witnessing a reduction, due to budget cuts and austerity measures.
VISA & ENTRY REQUIREMENT:
As an international student, you will need to apply for a valid visa. Your host establishment will help you in initiating the process. However, it would be good to begin the process early, instead of leaving it to the last couple of weeks or so. You need to gather all the relevant documents.
If your native country does not belong to the EU (European Union) or EEA (European Economic Area), you will have to apply for a student visa. The process is quite simple. You will need to submit certain documents to the authorities of Immigration & Naturalization Service (IND). They include
You will also have to provide sufficient proof of your financial status. Are you capable of supporting yourself for the length of your stay? Give an affirmative answer via your scholarship letter and your bank statement. Show receipts of the transfer of some/all of your funds. Your host institution will apply for an MVV on your behalf. This refers to a Provincial Residence Permit, for entry into Holland. However, MVV suffices only for six months. Your course is bound to stretch anywhere between one and four years.
Your host establishment, therefore, will apply for a VVR, which is a Residence Permit. There is a condition attached to the possession of VVR. Your credit scores will have to remain at 50% throughout your years of study. Do work hard!
Finally, you will need health insurance. If you are from Switzerland or from a non-EU/EEA nation, you may use your EU Health Insurance Card. In case, you desire to work part-time too, go in for Dutch basic healthcare insurance plans.
OBTAINING RESIDENT PERMIT:
Your host university will have to apply for a Residence Permit on your behalf. The authorities will have to initiate the process within five days of your arrival in Holland. Do keep track of what is happening in this regard. Check with the establishment regularly.
Your Residence Permit’s continuous validity is dependent upon your study credits. Ensure that you retain the scores at 50% and above every year. Sometimes, sudden illness or other issues prove to be hindrances. Therefore, request your student counselor for help and advice.
This individual will help you figure out if the university can exclude you from this rule of 50% credits or not. Your reasons must be valid, if they are to excuse you for your non- performance. Do not hesitate to approach the counselor. Otherwise, the university will decide to send you home.
A student counselor works closely with the university and the international office. If this person decides that the institution may grant you an extension, you are safe. You cannot apply for the extension of your Residence Permit by yourself. Only the host establishment can do this, after the international office grants permission.
The host organization will charge for any service that it undertakes on your behalf. However, the expenses vary from establishment to establishment. Check the costs beforehand. In case, you are from an EU/EEA nation, you will not require an MVV or VVR. You may go in for part-time work during your stay in Holland. However, the hours are limited, just about ten hours or so each week. You may work full time during June, July and August. Your employer will have to apply for a work permit on your behalf, if you are from a non-EEA/EU nation.
You will receive your wages only by showing a citizen service number or Burger Service Number. The local municipality will issue you this number. As a wage earner, you will have to pay your taxes. Sometimes, even your scholarship becomes eligible for taxation.
PRE-BACHELOR PREPARATION PROGRAMMES:
Bachelors Tuition: €8,900 per year Duration: 3yrs
Pre- Masters (for HND Holders)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MASTER OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (MBM)
DEGREES IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSC)
Masters Tuition: €7,150 Euro per year Duration: 2yrs
For a full assessment of your eligibility, kindly send the following:
Masters: – International Passport data page, passport photo, WAEC/NECO certificate, Bachelors certificate and transcripts CV and 2 Recommendation letter.
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