The kingdom of the Netherlands consists of four countries, the Netherlands itself in Europe. The country's formal name is the Netherlands, meaning 'low countries', because most of the land is at or below sea level. It is also often called 'Holland'. The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam where you will find more than 20 education institution of different sizes. Though the capital city of the Netherlands is Amsterdam but the seat of the government is at the Hague. Nearly 40% of the country's population lives in Randstad- this area is made up of cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The people of the Netherlands are very friendly and welcoming nation. They are open minded and tolerant people. The Dutch culture is very diverse in most cities and their Universities.
The Netherlands is the home to some World famous companies like Philips, Endemol, KPMG, Unilever, Robobank and more.
Why study in the Netherlands?
It is true to a certain extent as a majority of the institutions offer their courses in Dutch, but now more premier Dutch institutes are offering courses taught in English for overseas students. Few key points are:
The Netherlands is one of the oldest and most highly recognized systems of higher education. It includes 13 universities in the Netherlands, five of the these are within the global top 100. The nation's highest ranking institute is the University of Amsterdam (55th rank in the World), other famous universities are: Delft University of Technology (rank 64th in hte World) and Utrecht University (rank 94th in the World). The complete list of top six Dutch universities in the World for 2015-16 are:
University of Amsterdam: It is the largest higher education institute with more than 31,000 students. Established in 1632, it is the third oldest university in the Netherlands.
Delft University of Technology: It is the oldest and largest public technical university. Established in 1842, it teaches about 19,500 students, with engineering, CS, mathematics, applied science and policy management in technology streams.
Utrecht University: Established in 1636, it is another oldest and most prestigious university in Europe. More than 30,000 students are enrolled across the universities.
University of Groningen: It is the fifth ranked university in the Netherlands which is established in 1614. About 30,000 students are currently enrolled.
Eindhoven University of Technology: It is well reputed in the engineering and technical fields. More than 7,100 students, it conducts high level of research.
Leiden University: Another oldest university in the Netherlands, Leiden University was founded in 1575. It has more than 23,000 students.
Other well known Dutch universities are:
Higher studies in the Netherlands is subsidized by the Government. The tuition fees are comparatively low than the mail study abroad destinations- USA, Australia and the UK. High quality education with relatively favorable tuition rates and lots of English language courses are the key points of the Netherlands' study. Now almost all courses offered to international students are taught in English and Dutch. Study in Netherlands is similar to other popular study abroad destinations:
There are three different types of institution, these are Research Universities, Universities of Applied Science and Institutes for International Education.
Student life and culture can be really exciting. Dutch are friendly who love football, fine art, technology, good food and drinks. Student visiting Netherlands from Asia can expect a cultural difference. Here 'soft drugs' is legal, lesbian and gay rights are respected seriously and no discrimination is made. They are progressive thinkers and they have a genuine respect for the state of the law.
Course fees and Living cost
Euro is the currency in the Netherlands. Approximate cost of living is ERO 800-1,100 per month for an overseas student. Discounts are also available on various activities and transport cost can be reduced by buying a discount card for train travel. Scholarships are also available for a variety of courses and student nationalities. It is as expensive as the UK.
Places of interest
More than 16 million people live in the country where the main language is Dutch but most of them speak excellent English. It has a chilled climate with mild winter and cool summer. Main tourist highlights in the Netherlands include: