Netherlands: A Hot Education Destination For International Students

Are you looking towards Netherlands as Study Abroad Destination? Well, perhaps you might be interested in knowing Netherlands as a country, visa requirements, courses and colleges etc. Here is brief discussion about Netherlands as I know it from different sources like Internet Databases, Books and Periodicals etc to help students looking for admission in Netherlands.

About Netherlands

The Netherlands got its name so because of its low-lying geographic location. The word nether meaning low lying and hence the name Netherlands came into practice. The full name of Netherlands is the Kingdom of Netherlands. Yes, the Netherlands is a kingdom comprises of the Netherlands and the six islands in the Caribbean: Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles. The Netherlands also sometimes referred as “Holland”. The word features in the names of the two western coastal provinces, North and South Holland, which have played a dominant role in the country's history.

The people of Netherlands are called Dutch. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. However, the Dutch have turned their crowded country into such a fortune that the world's planners and architects flock here to find out ‘how?’ The Netherlands is famous all over the world for its tulips, windmills and clogs, and for its low-lying altitude and vulnerability to flooding. The Netherlands is world’s third largest exporter of food products and eighth largest exporter of goods and capital. Dutch people have won many Nobel awards for Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Economics and Peace. The Dutch are major players in fields like science, the economy, the arts and sports - and their country is a beacon of forward-thinking social and cultural policy. The geographic location of Netherlands is on the delta of three rivers.

Cost of Study In Netherlands 

While staying in Netherlands for higher studies, cost is a major worry. There is no fixed criteria; spending largely depends on lifestyle once chose to live. If you can cook your food and do laundry etc, living price will be low. However, if you eat out often and go for movies etc, cost will be truly high. An average, you can get living accommodation for 250 – 500 Euro per month. Grocery etc may cost around 50-100 Euro per month. Traveling in buses cost 1.50 Euro per leg. In Netherlands, inflation accounts for 1.50% of higher expenses annually. At a glance it seems, a student can make living in Netherlands for roughly 400-500 pound monthly. Tuition fee for most of the courses across Dutch Universities is approximately 2000 Euro. Are you short on money? No worries. You can pay monthly towards tuition fees over equally distributed installments. Private institutes may ask for higher fees than the

Admission Procedure To Study In Netherlands

Universities in Netherlands accept applications for admission during September / October. For example, for 2017 admission Deadline for writing application is normally May of the intake year. Applying for the Dutch Universities is pretty easy; admission process is not very rigorous. When there are many applications for a course but seats are limited admission is offered through lottery system. To apply for a Dutch University you need to possess only minimum grades in qualifying examination. Gaining admission is not tough. However, if you not pass during first year of course work, your college will simply ask you to leave. International students must need to understand this fact very well. Writing admission application to Dutch Universities is completely online affair. Applications are accepted through official website

Visa Requirements To Study In Netherlands

International Students require to apply for a Visa to study in Netherlands. The common minimum requirements to apply for a Netherlandsn student visa are:

  • Accepted by a college / university in Netherlands to pursue a Full Time Course.
  • Possess required eligibility certificates to take admission in one such.
  • Hold a valid Passport for the intended period of stay.
  • Proof of income or sufficient means to support studies in Netherlands
  • Health Certificate issued by a competent hospital from the home country.
  • Candidates holding above documents may apply for Visa with nearest Foreign Mission Office of Netherlands in the home country.

Netherlands also welcomes candidates for part time sudies, log term studies like research programs and training programs etc. For detailed visa requirements for different level of studies you are advised to check with Official Website of Netherlands Government.

List of Universities in Netherlands

Netherlands @ A Glance

Location:  Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
Geographic coordinates: 52 30 N, 5 45 E
Total Area: 41,526 sq km

Climate: temperate; marine; cool summers and mild winters
Terrain: mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders); some hills in southeast
Natural resources: natural gas, petroleum, peat, limestone, salt, sand and gravel, arable land

Population: 16,570,613 (July 2007 est.)

Government type: constitutional monarchy

Capital: Amsterdam

Currency:  Euro (EUR); US dollar (USD) (Caribbean Netherlands only)

Time zone: 
Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) AST (UTC-4)

Drives on the: right

Calling code: +31; +599

Internet TLD: .nl, .bq 

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