After you are accepted to a university in the Netherlands, the university applies for visa and residence permit on your behalf. If the application is accepted you have to make an appointment to the embassy in India to collect the MVV and have your biometrics taken.
The Netherlands, or less formally Holland, was the first non-English speaking country to offer courses and degrees in English back in the 1950’s. This experience along with a unique teaching approach involving more teamwork and problem-solving compared to other countries has helped Holland become one of the leading alternative destinations after studying in the UK, Australia and the USA.
The Netherlands (Holland) is in North-west Europe across the sea from the UK and with borders to Belgium and Germany. It is easy to visit other countries during your studies as the country offers extensive transport links by aeroplane, train and bus into most European countries and almost everyone in the country speaks fluent English as well as their native Dutch language. You will also find the Dutch people very welcoming and happy to help you on your travels.
Education in the Netherlands is intensive and whilst in some circumstances you may be able to complete some part-time work you should expect to commit most of your time to your studies.
UNIVERSITIES IN HOLLAND
With three Universities in the QS top 100 world rankings 2011/12 the education system in the small country of Holland commands more respect than might be expected.
The higher education structure in Holland has three distinct types of institution with each institution offering different degrees and different subjects.
Most Dutch Universities are based in and around towns and cities giving a more metropolitan feel to your studies, the only full campus-based University is the University of Twente. The University, which celebrated it’s fiftieth anniversary this year, offers degrees in a wide array of subject areas including science and engineering.
DEGREES FROM DUTCH INSTITUTIONS
Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences offer a similar degree structure to the UK ‘s Universities with Bachelors Degrees, Masters Degrees and PhDs. The undergraduate qualifications (BA, BSc, BEng etc) take 3-4 years and usually involve some time in industry. Masters degrees normally take 1-2 years whilst PhDs can take 4 years to complete.
Because of Holland’s location, history and its strong service sector it is well renowned in the area of international business. The predominant qualification in this area is the MBA program. In one of our other articles Business School Netherlands explain how their MBA has been helping develop business leaders for the last 20 years.
You will also find more subject specialisation in Dutch institutions, good examples of these are Van Hall Larenstein, which is the largest ‘green’ University of Applied Sciences in Holland and offers degrees in Land and Water Management and Rural Innovation to name a few and Tio University of Applied Sciences, a private institution which offers bachelors degrees in the management of Hotels & Events and International Tourism.
Education in Holland consists of primary, secondary, and higher study levels. These levels form study routes, leading to various types of degrees. This structure is very flexible and beneficial for students as they can switch their education from one study route to another to solve possible difficulties and achieve their educational goals.
The Dutch education system and its quality standards were implemented by a law issued in 1815. According to that law, every study programme in the country must be accredited by the Government or appropriate organisation.
The Netherlands became the first non-English speaking country that started to offer education for students from abroad. International schools have both Dutch and international streams of primary to secondary education, which distinguishes them from such schools in English-speaking countries where the national-based curricula is prevalent.
In Holland, students can follow programmes based on the curricula of other countries (UK or US) or the specially developed international curricula: International Baccalaureate (IB). All programmes are internationally recognised and enable students to gain access to universities in any country in the world.
Member of the EU and agreeing with the Bologna system, universities in Netherlands favour EU and EEA students when it comes to tuition fees. For this reason, students coming from a non-EU/EEA country can be charged double, or sometimes even triple the amount of tuition fee that is charged to EU students.
The common name for these tuitions will be the statutory fee (for EU/EEA students, or students with special residence permits )and the institutional fee (for non-EU/EEA students).
On average, tuition fees for EU students range at around 2,000 EUR/year, while for non-EU students, tuition fees start from 6,000 EUR/year.
If you are from an EU/EEA country or Suriname and you start studying a Bachelor’s at a public university in the Netherlands in 2018-2019, you will only pay half of the tuition fee in the first year. This means that for the first year of studies your fee will only be 1,030 EUR. A main condition to be eligible is to not have studied in Netherlands before.
The fee discount will also apply to Master’s degrees in Initial Teacher Education, provided that you start a Bachelor’s in Education at a Dutch University in 2018-2019.
Here is what Indian students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Netherlands:
After you are accepted to a university in the Netherlands, the university applies for visa and residence permit on your behalf. If the application is accepted you have to make an appointment to the embassy in India to collect the MVV and have your biometrics taken. You will have to take a tuberculosis test after arriving in the Netherlands for your university studies.
Indian students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.
You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.
The Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit from Netherlands is valid for up to 3 months. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Netherlands after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.
When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Netherlands, they require you to prove that you have available 868 EUR/month either from an external source, or already in your bank account.
Indian students won’t have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Netherlands. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Netherlands.
Indian students will need to take a medical test before arriving in Netherlands.
Indian students won’t need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Netherlands.
Look at the Netherlands immigration website for more detailed visa information.
|Sr. No||University Name||Website|
|1||University of Twente, Enschede||www.utwente.nl/en|
|2||Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands (Public University)||www.tilburguniversity.edu|
|3||Radboud University, Nijmegen||www.ru.nl/english|
|4||HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen||www.han.nl/international/english|
|5||Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht||www.msm.nl|
|6||Fontys University, Eindhoven||www.fontys.edu|
|7||Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Apeldoorn||www.wittenborg.eu|
|8||Rotterdam Business School, Rotterdam||www.rotterdamuas.com/about/organisation/schools/rotterdam-business-school/programmes/|
|9||University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (CEG)||www.cambridgeeducationgroup.com/destinations/europe.htm|
|10||Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam (CEG)||www.cambridgeeducationgroup.com/destinations/europe.htm|
|11||Study Group Holland International Study Centre, Amsterdam||www.hollandisc.com|