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Why Study in Netherlands?
The Dutch make really good hosts for your higher studies, as they are heavily invested in their education system. Netherlands has a really big international community of students( form as many as 160 different countries), so much, so that 10% of their student populace is international. The Netherlands are the 18th largest economy in the world; cram that into one tiny country and you have a place with an amazing per capita income. The Dutch believe that no education is complete without proper on job experience, which leads to programmes that are structured specifically towards the industry needs. Special one year orientation programmes are residence permits of one year to find a job, or start a business within three years of graduation.
If you choose Netherlands for your studies, you get a place that ranks among the top ten in terms of safety and happiness. The Dutch people are extremely open minded, a fact that is reflected in the rising number of atheist individuals in Netherlands. This makes them a community that is free of religious bias in general and therefore, much more welcoming compared to countries that have a strong religious majority and orthodox views. Some of the world’s biggest multinationals, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING and Unilever, are Dutch. Netherlands is a world leader in many areas of expertise, including agriculture, water management, art & design, logistics and sustainable energy. Netherlands is meant to be the gateway to Europe, which means that you can travel to London, Paris or Berlin in less than 6 hours by high speed trains.
Cost of Studying in Netherlands
For international students the average tuition fee for bachelor’s programmes is between €6,000 and €15,000, and for a master’s programme between €8,000 and €20,000. Visit the Studyfinder database set up by Nuffic (the national organization that deals with education in Netherlands) which will help you find courses that fit your bill both monetarily as well as vocation wise.
Your daily expenses include food, public transport, books, clothes, and cinema tickets. But you also need to take into account the costs for housing and insurance. It has been determined empirically that students living and studying in Netherlands for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.
Netherlands does not have On-campus hostels. An average room in Netherlands costs somewhere between € 400 to € 600 a month. Please note that rooms in a Student Hostel are more expensive. Before you accept a room, please check which bills (e.g. gas, electricity, internet, TV) are included in your rent. Make sure you read your rental contract carefully before signing it. Please note that rental contracts with a minimum duration or a set period of time are legally not allowed. Also, we advise you not to pay your rent in cash unless your housing provider issues proof of payment. A number of university towns have a Rent Team (Huurteam) that assists tenants in negotiating with their landlords regarding rent. The Dutch Student Union (Landelijke Studentenvakbond, LSVb) operates a student helpline that also provides free legal advice.
Food can make up one third of your total expenses while living in Netherlands. Fortunately, most higher education institutions offer hot meals at reasonable prices. Many cities have pubs (eetcafés) where you can get a good meal at a good price. But the cheapest way to eat is to do your own cooking. Some average prices: a cup of coffee/tea in a café: €2, a cheese sandwich: €3, dinner in a typical student restaurant: €10.
Travelling in the Netherlands can be quite taxing. You can get around town easily on a bicycle, as the Dutch use this mode of transportation a lot. There are very good facilities for riding a bicycle around the city, plus its one of the cheapest options to get around. Bus tickets cost around €2 for a single fare in the city. You can consider buying a discount card for train tickets, which gives you 40% reduction in off-peak times.
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
For international students, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) can provide some interesting discounts and offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide. Many bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas give student discounts. Most of these ask for proof in the form of a student card from your institution. You should check in advance if a student discount is available.
The following two companies offer special insurance for international students: IPS and AON Students Insurance. If you are going to study and work in Netherlands (Part time) , then you are obliged to take out Dutch public healthcare insurance (zorgverzekering), you are free to buy insurance from any Dutch public healthcare insurance company. Ask your school, employer or internship provider if they can refer you to an insurance company that will give you a discount. Dutch public healthcare insurance only covers your medical expenses. You will need to take out a separate repatriation insurance and liability insurance. Basic health insurance can cost upto 100 euros per month.
You are required to pay tax over your total Dutch income for the year. Scholarships may also be counted as income and added to the total. For more information on income tax, you can check with your employer or directly with the Dutch Tax Office.
You are required to have sufficient money to support yourself in Netherlands in your bank account as a visa requirement. The amount for 2019 was almost 882 Euros for every month that you are going to spend in the Netherlands.
Education System in Netherlands
The Netherlands have 12 Universities that come under the top 200 universities umbrella. It is desirable that you choose from these as studying in these universities grants certain advantages to you in finding jobs within the country after the course is over. 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 also has reasonable tuition fees.
The higher education system in the Netherlands is based on a three-cycle degree system, consisting of a bachelor, master and PhD. Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that you can choose between two types of education:
A third, smaller branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer programmes designed especially for international students. Some research universities offer 2-year professional doctorate programmes in engineering (PDEng).
Following are the courses and the minimum credits required
60-90 credits: Most master’s degrees offered by research universities.
120 credits: Engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, and agriculture.
180 credits: Pharmacy, dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.
60-120 credits: Most master’s degrees offered by.
240 credits: Programmes in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture require completion of.
Life in Netherlands, Health and Safety
Although the buildings of a single university might be spread throughout a city and only some higher education institutions have campuses, they do have a real student culture. Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. There is plenty to see in Netherlands, 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. And you might see people dressed in orange and partying in the street on King’s Day or during international football championships.
Learning Dutch would definitely help you in daily activities, such as grocery shopping, going to a restaurant or following the news a little easier and more fun. It will also help you to connect with Dutch students and make new, Dutch friends. Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world, according to the 2016 Global Peace index. It belongs to the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Netherland’s healthcare system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. Across the country, doctors’ surgeries and hospitals have high standards and outstanding facilities. Most doctors speak and comprehend English. Pharmacies - called 'apotheken' - are widely available and stock both prescription and non-prescription medications. Dentists - called 'tandarts' - are not usually covered by basic insurance policies. All international students are required to take out medical and travel insurance.
Weather is generally speaking much cooler compared to the Indian climate, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 20oC during summers and plummeting below zero during winters. It would be wise to carry enough warm clothes to sustain the cold weather.
Popular Cities and Courses
Popular cities to study in Netherlands are:
Popular courses to study in Netherlands:
Job prospects in Netherlands
If you want to take a job along with your studies, your employer needs to apply for a work permit for you. The organisation that decides on work permits is called UWV Werkbedrijf. If you are studying at a Dutch host institution and you need to do an internship as part of your study programme, you do not need a work permit. Your host institution and your employer do need to sign an internship agreement. A Citizen's Service Number (Burgerservicenummer – BSN) is also required in order to start working in Netherlands. You can get this from your local city hall when you registered as a resident (usually arranged by universities in the first week of student orientation).You need to be aware that as soon as you pick up a job, you are obliged to take out the Dutch basic healthcare insurance. If you do not meet this requirement you risk a huge fine.
You may only work in paid employment if your employer has a permit for you. You are then allowed to work:
If you work for more hours than allowed or if your employer was not issued a TWV for you, then you are (unintentionally) working illegally. In case of an infringement, the IND will contact the educational institute where you are studying. The Inspectorate will then fine the employer for illegal employment.
Here are some tips for finding a job in Netherland that suits you:
A very common method to find an internship is through your university. Almost all universities have a dedicated desk where they can give you access to their database of internship opportunities. If you want to do an internship as part of your study programme in Netherlands, you can do this on the basis of your student visa. The employer does not need to apply for a work permit for you. The employer must, however, be able to present an internship agreement to the Labour Inspectorate, upon request. As long as your pay is only a compensation for expenses, it will not be subject to taxation. Expenses include, for example, travel expenses.
Next to your study you are allowed to work in the Netherlands as a self employed person (without a TWV). Important is that you continue to meet the requirements for your residence permit for study. You need to register your company in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel). You need to pay taxes yourself. You might be obliged to take out Dutch public healthcare insurance.
Netherlands Alumni are highly employable. A special portal is set up by the Dutch government with information about all the career opportunities, about business culture, salary and practical information on Career in Holland set up by Nuffic (the national organization that deals with education in Netherlands).
Currently, over 660,000 people are employed in agriculture: good news for students of Food Science and Technology, Environmental Studies, Power and Energy Engineering and of course, Agriculture. Students with transferable skills in fields such as Marketing, Management or Engineering could similarly find a position within this field. Creative industries are also a key point of investment focus for the government. Comprising industries such as architecture, design, gaming and fashion, students in fields of Media, Graphic Design, Architecture, Game Design and Software Engineering are well-positioned to find themselves a role. Approximately 172,000 people are currently employed within the creative sector, with around 66% of them self-employed. With key focus on Civil Engineering and needs for skilled workers to maintain and create structures, transferrable problem-solving and material-based skills are well in demand.
Netherlands Application Process
The education institution usually sets a minimum qualification requirement for admission to the programme. If you know which diploma is required for the programme of your choice, you can check how your own diploma compares to this on the Nuffic website. It is essential that you speak, read and write English well. You must have passed an English language test. IELTS and TOEFL are commonly accepted, but institutions may accept other tests as well, like Cambridge English.
The required scores are at least 550 (paper based) or 213 (internet based) for TOEFL. For IELTS a score of at least 6 is required.
Your educational institution determines the conditions of your education. You must pass or have passed the following IELTS score:
To determine whether your diploma qualifies you to be admitted to a study programme, the higher education institution can consult Nuffic. The institution can request a written evaluation of your diploma, or they can use the online information on foreign education systems to make their own comparison. In addition to Nuffic’s advice, the institution can take into account specific requirements for admission to their study programmes. It is the institution that makes the final decision on the recognition of your qualification. This decision may not be completely in line with the initial evaluation by Nuffic. If you do not agree with the recognition decision, you can contact the admissions office of the higher education institution for more information.
Netherlands, just like many other European countries carry out admissions for international students via a dedicated central portal. In this case the central portal is called Studielink. Studielink is the common registration and enrolment application for all non-private institutions of higher education in the Netherlands. Students can use Studielink to submit a digital enrolment application to an educational institution. Studielink arranges the exchange of information between the current or prospective student and the higher educational institution. One should first check with the institution of your choice whether you are required to register via Studielink. Some institutions use a different method to register students from abroad! In case the university or institution has fixed a certain number of seats for a particular degree, then it is supposed to be a numerus fixus programme. Since the numbers of seats are limited, there will be additional criteria for granting one a seat, depending on whether there are more applications than the number of seats or not. for a Deadline for numerus fixus programme: 15 January
and 1 May for all other study programmes is the general deadline, but it is wiser to check the exact deadline with the institute that you have chosen for your degree, as it may vary per institution and study programme.
For each academic year you can submit an application for a maximum of two numerus fixus programmes. The institution decides how many times you can participate in the selection of a specific programme. Medicine, Dentistry, Dental hygiene and Physiotherapy programmes are an exception; for these programmes you can only submit one application per programme per academic year. For example; you can’t apply for Medicine at two different universities, but you are allowed to apply for Medicine and Dentistry. If the number of students who apply exceeds the number of available places, a selection will take place between 15 January and 15 April. The education institution decides what the selection will look like and will provide you with further information.Applicants in the selection procedure will receive a ranking number via Studielink on 15 April. This number is determined by the institution, based on their selection criteria. Depending on your ranking number and the number of places available, you may or may not be offered a place.
If you are offered a place, you have to accept this place via Studielink within two weeks. If you don’t accept the place within two weeks, your place will be assigned to another student automatically. If you are not offered a place, there is still a small chance that one or more selected students do not accept their place. These places become available for the next student in line. For example, if there are 100 places available and one of the 100 selected students doesn’t accept, their place will be offered to the person with ranking number 101. Sometimes the number of applicants for a numerus fixus programme is unexpectedly lower than the number of places available. In this case all applicants will be offered a place on 15 April. You do still have to accept this place within two weeks via Studielink.
Steps to apply for Netherlands Student Visa
There are some conditions for everyone applying for a study visa to Netherlands which are as follows
You must have a valid passport or another travel document. A child may be included in the passport of one of the parents. The passport must have a validity of at least six months when you receive your MVV.
You sign an antecedents certificate. The antecedents certificate can be found in the application form. In this certificate you provide information on your criminal record. After having arrived in the Netherlands, you will undergo a medical test for tuberculosis (TB) within 3 months of receiving the notice.
You must show that you have enough money in your bank account for sustaining yourself throughout the period of the course/degree. The amount varies each year, but for 2019, irrespective of the course, the amount was € 882.47 for every month that you are going to stay in the Netherlands.
If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months you will need to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town where you are living, where you will receive a BSN which is like a social security number that you will have to use for all employment and taxation purposes.
You have (provisionally) been accepted by a university or university of applied sciences as a student to a full-time accredited day programme. This university or university of applied sciences is a recognised sponsor. Recognised educational institutions are listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.
You obtain at least 50% of the required credits for each academic year. This is called study progress monitoring.
The Netherlands visa application process is unique due to the fact that the process is initiated by the Higher Education Institution(HEI) that has accepted your application. The educational institution has a list of documents that you need. You have to have official foreign documents legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French or German. Document legalization fees are INR 2050/- per document. It may take a long time to go through the whole list of documents that require translation and legalization, hence it is recommended that one must start in advance.
Only the recognised educational institution can submit the application for a residence permit for study. A recognised educational institution has made an agreement with the IND and is listed in the Public Register of Recognised Sponsors.
The educational institution applies for the MVV (long term stay study visa) and the residence permit at the same time. The IND has to make a decision within a period of 60 days for the residence permit.
If the IND intends to grant you your visa, then they will inform the education institute that applied for the MVV on your behalf to collect the MVV from the Dutch Embassy. You have 3 months to collect the MVV. Make an online appointment for this with the Embassy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the day you get the MVV. Once you have collected your MVV, you can travel to the Netherlands. Entry in to the Netherlands is allowed within 90 days of the issue. The validity is shown on the MVV sticker. The MVV allows you to travel within the Schengen Area.
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