High quality and various types of education

Higher education in The Netherlands is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 2,100 international study programmes and courses, we have 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 like Zuyd

Quality degree at comparatively low cost

Life in The Netherlands is not expensive compared with English-speaking countries, and tuition fees are relatively low. If you are an EU student your annual tuition fee is around € 1,950. You may be eligible for a loan for the tuition fee, or even a restitution or a grant from the Dutch government.

90.000 international students

The Netherlands host around 90,000 international students, more than 56,000 students from EU countries and almost 23,000 from countries outside the EU. Another 10,300 students came within the Erasmus+ programme, or with a residence permit for an internship.

Safe and open minded

Holland is a safe country by international standards. There is a relatively low level of violence and street crime. The police are friendly and helpful. Our country’s historical ties with other parts of the world has brought foreigners to settle in The Netherlands, bringing some of their own ideas and cultures. This makes the Dutch generally open-minded and tolerant.

Everybody speaks English

Although Dutch is the national language, almost everybody also speaks English and often another foreign language, such as German or French. Another characteristic of the Dutch is their direct manner. You can say exactly what is on your mind, the Dutch are not easily offended.

Great student life 

Each institution has a network of associations that bring students together for academic activities, sports and recreation. All of these associations are run by students, and some of them are internationally oriented. Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. And there are pubs, restaurants and other meeting places where many students hang out. Generally speaking, the Dutch higher education community seeks to be part of society and is not isolated from it. 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.

Pioneering and entrepreneurial country

Dutch people are entrepreneurs and discoverers. The country is the birth place of Nobel Prize winners, daring philosophers, groundbreaking artists and scientists. It was the first country on the European continent to offer study programmes taught in English. Students are continuously encouraged to come up with creative and innovative ideas, to think beyond conventional solutions and methodologies. It is not surprising therefore that Holland has so many pioneers.

Creative and innovative

Dutch people enjoy innovating and constantly ask themselves and others questions to come up with new ideas. While studying in the Netherlands, you will be encouraged to think about creative solutions. Preferably together with other students since you will only achieve innovative and creative results when working with others. Creativity also shows in the collaboration between Dutch higher education institutions and the business community. Work placements and internships form an important part of many study programmes.  You will have the opportunity to work on real business projects.

Progressive stance on equality and diversity

Everyone in the Netherlands has the right to be who he or she wants to be and to be with whomever they want to be, as long as they do no harm to others. According to the majority of the Dutch population, it shouldn’t matter whether you are male, female or transgender, heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. However, that doesn’t mean that the process of female, male, gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender emancipation is complete.

Don’t need a car to get around

Holland is a small country and public transport will take you almost anywhere you want to go. The bicycle is the cheapest and easiest way to get around, especially if you live in a city. There are special cycling lanes on almost every road and other road users are used to cyclists. Most Dutch people, regardless of their profession or status, have a bicycle. Buy a second-hand bike rather than a new one to save money. But also be sure to buy at least one strong lock! Once you have arrived in Holland, you will discover that many European capitals are within easy reach. Berlin, Brussels and Paris are just a few hours away by train.

Why Study in Netherlands

The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy in which the government has reduced its role since the 1980s. The Netherlands has the 16th largest economy in the world, and ranks 10th in GDP (nominal) per capita. Between 1998 and 2000 annual economic growth (GDP) averaged nearly 4%, well above the European average.

Since 1950 Holland is the first non – English speaking country which has been offering study programmes conducted in English and especially designed for foreign students.

The Netherlands has been recognized as the knowledge centre of long educational traditions and well- known universities. Dutch international scientific research is placed in the very top ranks.

The Dutch education system is interactive and focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other international students. During your study in Holland you will develop an open mind and increase your international orientation.

Holland has received international acclaim for its ground-breaking Problem-Based Learning system. During study in Holland, students are trained to analyze & solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study & self-discipline.

Due to its central position, the Netherlands has been described as the Gateway to Europe. In reality, all famous European capitals are within easy reach: Paris and Berlin, Brussels and London are all situated within an hour flight from the Dutch capital – Amsterdam.

The Dutch universities are an ideal starting point for study tours and exchanges with other European countries.

Netherlands visa guidelines

Netherlands student visa requirements:

In Holland, Student gets the E- visa (known as MMV) after the payment of Tuition fees to the university. Then student need to go to the embassy to collect the visa from the embassy.

Visa part- 1 (Between University & Immigration office)

Student Transfer the tuition fee to the university.
Student visa application form (Also called MVV application form). Holland University this form on behalf of the student and apply for the visa at Holland immigration office.
Scan copy of all your Original educational documents.
Scan copy of all pages of Original passport (passport should be valid for at least 18 months from the date of visa application).
Conditional offer letter from University.
Confirmation of Payment for Full one year Tuition Fees.
Annual Health Insurance & MVV fees (student visa application fees) approximately 450Euro.

Visa Part -2 (Between Student & Holland Embassy in New Delhi)

Student gets E-visa approval from Immigration. (University will provide this E – Visa Letter as mention In Visa Part -1).
Student goes to the embassy to pick his /her visa at the embassy with the following documents:

Accommodation proof letter.

In some universities it is mandatory to pay for 1st year accommodation with the University before visa application. Or In some universities student can show funds for accommodation through their Indian Bank accounts.
For specific university details please check with you Truematics Visa Counselor.
IELTS certificate (Not required for some Foundation Programme).
5 passport size photographs with white background.

Note: The documents mentioned above should be in A4 size only & must be translated in English Language.

General Information:

A student can work 10 hours per week during their study & full time during vacations.
No personal interviews are conducted.
Time required for visa approval is 4 weeks.
Truematics will guide you in all the process during documentation for visa procedure.

Financial documents:

The candidates have to show tuition fee + living expense for full study period. The bank statement can be either in students name or sponsor name. If it is in sponsor name then financial Statement from the Guarantor, copy of employment contract, copy of Identity proof – passport etc and Copy of last 3 months salary slips is required.

Netherlands part time jobs

As a non-EU student, under Dutch law you are only allowed to work 10 hours a week if you have a work permit. The residents of the new EU countries can also work 10 hours weekly but do not need a work permit.

Netherlands Living expense

To live in Netherlands, it costs a foreign student between 700 and 1,000 Euro a month. This is needed to cover daily expenses, Rent, phone bills, utility bills, food, transport, insurance etc .