Innovative education and multicultural environment
The Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe, is famous for its canals, tulip fields and cycling routes. On top of that, the Netherlands has made a name for itself as an innovative and rigorous education provider. It has become an international studying and living environment ever since many foreign students decided to choose the Netherlands as their study destination.
Dutch higher education has two branches. Students can choose a research-oriented education provided by Universities or a higher professional education provided by Universities of Applied Sciences. A research university aims at academic lectures. Meanwhile, practical learning and specific career-oriented methods of learning are the central focus of the Universities of Applied Sciences. Apart from those two main branches, a third and smaller higher education provider is the institute for international education, particularly designed for international students.
In spite of the distinction between these three types of higher education, they have to meet the same mission and vision of the Dutch education requirements. Most programs consist of work placement experiences and team projects. The good thing is that Dutch isn’t necessarily a language barrier since the people that live there can typically speak English, French and German too. It has been said that the Dutch people are the best non-native English speakers in the world.
Considering life in when you study in the Netherlands; it’s an open and free-minded society with many cultural influences. Enjoying nightlife by the sea, attending music festivals or meeting people from all the corners of the world are the greatest things to do during your free time in the Netherlands. What is wonderful is that students can live in such a vibrant and diverse environment with high living standards at rather low costs of living. They usually spend no more than 600–1,000 euros per month for food, accommodation and living expenses.
Dutch universities recommended by Study Advisory
Erasmus University Rotterdam boasts more than 100 years of experience helping Bachelor, Master, and PhD students pursue their ambitions in the areas of wealth, health, governance, and culture. Erasmus University Rotterdam holds a consistent top 100 position in influential rankings such as Times Higher Education, National Taiwan University, and Center for World University Rankings. The university (link to its own website here) is known for the pragmatic approach and its entrepreneurial vibe close to the centre of this melting pot city.
University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht, HU) provides excellent curricula for ambitious students. The number of HU students studying abroad has increased by 13% year on year in 2016. Good to know that Utrecht is a very student-friendly town with about one quarter of the population. Link to HU’s own website here.
Top 3 reasons to study in the Netherlands:
- Innovative and forward-thinking education
- A multicultural environment
- International work experience from various projects
Did you know this about the Netherlands?
- The Netherlands has the most generous offer in English-taught programs in Europe.
- The Netherlands is the most densely populated country in Europe.
- The Netherlands is a very flat country. It is said that it is as flat as a pancake.