Study In Holland

There are many reasons why you should consider studying in Holland but ultimately the most important factors will be different for each and every one of you. Here we focus on some of the key advantages of gaining a Dutch university education.


Pioneering benefits science and education – it is the only way to discover new things. Holland is the birth place of many Nobel Prize winners in the fields of physics, chemistry, economics and medicine.

But it is also a free port for international scientists. The famous Nobel Laureates Marie Curie and Andre Geim came here to conduct research.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship takes its name from the best known Dutch philosopher and humanist, Desiderius Erasmus. After completing his studies in Holland, Erasmus travelled all over Europe to debate with other famous scholars, among them Thomas More.

These are just some of the well-known Dutch pioneers. When you study in Holland you will find out what it is like to be a pioneer.

Student life & Leisure

Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. And there are usually pubs, restaurants and other meeting places where many students hang out.

There is plenty to see in Holland, whether you’re strolling through town, making a boat trip on the canals or lakes, lazing on the beach or walking in the woods and dunes.

Major international music stars regularly play at Dutch stadiums and smaller venues. Musicals and theatre are also very popular and with over 1,000 museums there is a lot to discover.

Higher Education System

Higher education in Holland is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 2,100 international study programmes and courses, it has the largest offer of English-taught programmes in continental Europe.

Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that you can choose between two types of education:

  • research-oriented education, offered by research universities.
  • higher professional education, offered by universities of applied sciences.
  • A third, smaller branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer programmes designed especially for international students.

At a research university you will focus more on research-oriented work, which could be either in an academic or in a professional setting. At a university of applied sciences you can choose a professional programme in the applied arts and sciences, to prepare you for a specific career.



Many students do an internship as part of their study programme. As a foreign student, you may also be interested in doing an internship in the Netherlands.

Average Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes for non EU-students are usually higher than those for EU citizens.

  • Most of the Bachelor’s study programmes cost from €5,800 to €10,000 per year.
  • Several Dutch universities offer Master’s programmes for non-EU students for €1906 per year, but education costs for the most of them start from €7,000-€8,000.

In total a study year for citizens outside of Europe can cost between €17,000 and €22,000 (inclusive all living expenses.)

Please note, that international students enrolling to a Dutch university, must pay the full tuition fee amount for the first study year. Current university students can arrange a term-based payment in certain cases.

Cost of Living

You will need between € 900 and € 1,200 per month to cover rent, food, insurance, transport and other expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but this of course depends on your own lifestyle. An indication of likely expenses is given below

  • Rent: € 350 – € 600
  • Food: € 350
  • Insurance: € 50
  • Public transport: € 70 – €100 maximum (unless you live outside of Amsterdam)
  • Books: € 50
  • Other costs: € 60

Working while studying

International Students need a work permit (the permit is free of charge) and you are restricted in the number of hours you may work in the Netherlands. Every calendar year, you must make a choice between:

  • seasonal work in the months of June, July and August (part-time and full-time are allowed)
  • part-time work throughout the year (no more than 10 hours a week).
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