Why should I study in Holland?

Why should I study in Holland?

What makes Holland an attractive country to study? What can you expect of the higher education system and how diverse is the range of international study programmes offered? What is day-to-day life like in Holland and how international is Dutch society?
In short: why should you as an international student choose to study in Holland?

Reasons to study in Holland:

  • 1,462 international study programmes and courses.
    Holland was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English. The Dutch higher education institutions together offer 1,462 international study programmes and courses of which 1,455 are taught entirely in English. This makes Holland the front-runner in continental Europe. 
  • Excellent education and research
    The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution, perform very well in other parts of the world. This quality is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance.
    The Times Higher Education Supplement even ranks 11 universities in Holland among the top 200 in the world. Holland has also received international acclaim for its groundbreaking Problem-Based Learning system. This system trains students to analyze and solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study and self-discipline.
  • International study environment
    For a small country like Holland, an international orientation – including in the field of education and training – is a must for survival in our increasingly internationalized world.
    The Dutch education system is interactive and focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other international students. Studying in Holland means developing an open mind and increasing your international orientation.

So the students get education of high quality and they learn to develop new skills and how to use these skills. These skills are very useful for their futuring jobs. The students will be much better (for example) businesspeople at the and and that is what the labour market of every country needs. People who know how to work and people who do have some kind of skills, which make them more attractive employees for the employers.


9 thoughts on “Why should I study in Holland?

  1. Actually, all of these seems very attractive. Nothing else makes such a good impression in the CV as studie’s abroad. However I’m not questioning the quality of Holland education, which is very high for sure but the things which I’m interested in are of course cost and conditions of live. In my opinion, these information, especially for students, are as much important as info about quality of education. Another thing is about applying to college. It seems very attractive so I gues is realy hard to get there. But I totally agree that studying abroad makes you not only better qualified future empoyee but also gives You invaluable experience.

  2. As a student from The Netherlands i can strongly said that i am more than satisfied with my study in Holland as well as with the whole study program.
    Concerning the conditions for living as a foreign student in this country i can say that there are a lot of opportunities such a student loans (which are given to the students by the Dutch government, namely “IB groep”). Moreover nowadays a lot of banks are giving students loans to all the people who want to study abroad,but do not have the needed finance to do it.
    Another very strong points is that in the Netherlands the part time job is very popular and a very big percentage of the students are working part time.

  3. I agree with emili 88. The netherlands has a great study program for Dutch students as well as for foreign students. As a student you get all the help you need, whether it’s for your studies or your personal life. The quality of the education of Holland is also very high. The living conditions are good and it is not expensive to live there. As emili88 said, it is really easy to even get a part time job in Holland. This way you can earn some extra money and learn the language better!

  4. I will also comment this essay because I also study IBMS in Holland. I decided to study in Holland because of the better international atmosphere and the opportunity to study in English. The programmes are really interesting and the biggest advantager in comparison to most German universities are small classes which creates an efficient and familiar education atmosphere. It´s also interesting to work with students of other countries or cultures together in projects to see how different working attitudes are and most important how to work efficient in a group with many different attitudes.

  5. THE-QS rank says a lot. Higher education in the Netherlands is clearly one of the best in Europe. I kind of regret that I didn’t choose that country for studying abroad, because after two international studies my university will not allow me to go there. Anyway, having an internship in the Netherlands is as good as studying there, so for some of us this could be the way how to try the Netherlands out.

  6. Studying in Holland has many advantages in comparison to other countries. Due to the fact that the Bachelor is perceived after four years in Holland, the studies are very practical oriented allowing students to do an internship and to even go abroad. But it also bears disadvantages, which have to be considered, too. One disadvantage is the fact, that the acceptance at the university is not limited by the numerous clauses. This means, many students are accepted at the university which makes the teaching difficult to some lecturers. Moreover, due to the high number of students, there is often a deficit in lecturers and class rooms. A further disadvantage is the tuition fee, which amounts to approximately 1600 €. In comparison, some states in Germany, such as Hessen, do not ask for tuition fees. Apart from that, the tuition fee amounts to 500 € per semester. In Spain it differs from 500 € to 850 € per year. In Slovenia, the education is even offered for free.
    Nevertheless, comparing the disadvantages to the advantages, all the chances and the education received at Dutch universities make up for the disadvantages.

    • And let me add a few things on Toeta’s comment.
      First of all, the Dutch students get a monthly amount from the IB-groep. It varies between €200 and €500 per month.
      Also as a student you get a free pass for using the public transport (and with this pass you get discounts on several restaurants, cinema’s etc.)
      So The student doesn’t have to be afraid of paying this tuition fee all by him or her self. So I hope you’ll get the situation: You don’t pay them, they pay you.
      Other thing is that to develop education on a high level, you need to invest, isn’t it?
      So that’s why this tuition fee is this high. In holland you get great facilities, technology etc. and this all is only for the students. And for these invesments the government needs the money and therefor the tuition fee is zo high. On the other hand they want to have highlevel educated students and therefor they get money from the so called IB-groep. So it’s a win-win situation, don’t you think?
      They give you the opportunities to do research for companies all over the world and you don’t only get lectures, but you explore yourself and you get the help of professionals (f.e. we have the manager of the multinational SHELL for marketing). This way you get more experience and knowledge.
      And what about the fact that of this small country with 40 universities, 11 are ranked on the top 200 of the world. Pretty good, don’t you think?

  7. I don’t totally agree with you, Anette22. Students are accepted at universities according to their level, grades and the courses they studied at the secondary school.If a student is accepted at a university it doesn’t mean he or she will continue, because they may drop off if the teachers think he or she can’t handle the choosen study. Dutch universities have high expectations of their students. In Holland we don’t have too many people in one class. By the way there are more then enough classrooms, I can assure you. About the tuition fee of 1600 a year, don’t forget that as a student you receive a monthly amount from the so called “IB-groep” of approximately 200 till 500 euros (depending on your situation).
    And last but not least, the Netherlands has 11 of her universities in the top 200 of the best universities of the world. I think that says pretty much everything!

  8. In my opinion many study projects will be done in groups in which you can develop and expand your team spirit. Normally in every project a professor helps the student as an coach if technical questions occur. Furthermore, the dutch study programme includes many work-oriented elements which prepare the students with their future profession.
    Finally, the maximum class size is mostly not higher than 25-30 students and a big advantage of studying in the Netherlands.


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