The Netherlands is an attractive destination for students who are looking for an international education. The Netherlands has a large international student community, and professors are often approachable and don’t impose formalities. Distances to schools are short, and there are few restrictions on socializing and partying with your fellow students.
Less expensive for EU/EEA/Switzerland or Surinam students
If you are an international student and wish to pursue a study programme in the Netherlands, it is generally less expensive to study in the Netherlands than in many other countries. Dutch universities charge tuition fees to all international students, but those from the EU/EEA/Switzerland/Suriname pay less than non-EU/EEA students. EU/EEA/Switzerland students pay the statutory tuition fee, while students from other countries pay institutional tuition fees, which tend to be higher. Students from these countries can choose to study in universities of applied sciences or research universities, although a research university will usually be more expensive than an applied sciences university.
Although Dutch tuition fees are not free, they are relatively low, and EU/EEA/Switzerland/Surinam citizens will pay between EUR8,000 and EUR21,000 per academic year. This is less than half of what international students in other countries pay. Furthermore, living costs are comparable to those of Western European countries.
Free for international students
If you are an international student and want to study in the Netherlands, you have a number of options. Many scholarships are available, so you don’t need to pay tuition. The Netherlands also offers many jobs to graduates. You can apply for multiple scholarships if you meet certain criteria. The more scholarships you apply for, the higher your chances of studying for free.
In addition to scholarships, the Netherlands offers various financial aid opportunities for international students. One such funding opportunity is a Holland Scholarship that provides a one-time payment of EUR5,000 to students who are not from the European Economic Area (EEA).
Easy to apply for
To study in the Netherlands, you need to apply for a student visa. You will need to show that you are in good health and have enough money to pay for your studies. In addition, you will need to show that you are not addicted to drugs or alcohol and that you do not have pulmonary tuberculosis. You will also need to prove that you have at least eighty-six Euros in your bank account each month. In addition, you will need to buy health insurance in the Netherlands. Once you’ve completed these requirements, you’ll need to apply for a Schengen visa or short visa.
The Netherlands has one national application portal, called Studielink. This site has information about almost every university in the country. However, you can only apply to a certain number of these universities. To limit the number of applications you make, you should only apply to a maximum of four schools. Once you submit your application, you won’t be able to make further submissions until you’ve fulfilled the maximum number. The good news is that this site is available in English.
Cost of health insurance
There are a few options available when it comes to health insurance when studying in the Netherlands. You can choose between private and public plans. A basic package will cost over EUR100 per month. However, the Netherlands has a solidarity system which allows you to receive coverage without making too much of an outlay. Most private healthcare insurance companies also charge an “own risk” contribution towards your medical expenses. This amount is standard for all insurance companies in 2020, and is not much more than EUR385 a month.
You can also opt for supplementary health insurance. This insurance will cover costs that your primary health insurance plan does not cover. Private health insurance companies such as HollandZorg also offer special arrangements for international students.