Welcome to the Netherlands
The Dutch are a welcoming people, and international students soon feel right at home. Almost all higher-education institutions offer a range of English-taught study programmes to accommodate students from all over the world, including Dutch students.
Why study in the Netherlands?
- Join students from all over the world, including: Germany (24.030), China (6.642), Belgium (3.007), Italy (2.881), and Spain (2.862).
- Gateway to Europe: easy access to Berlin, Brussels and Paris.
- Study and live in an intercultural and welcoming environment.
- Work in the Netherlands for a year without a permit after your studies (non-EU).
They speak your language!
The Netherlands has the largest English-speaking population of any country in continental Europe. In fact, the Dutch are the best non-native English speakers around! In the major cities foreign nationals can even find jobs without the requirement of Dutch, especially at many of the larger multinationals. Quite a few Dutch also speak German and French, so talking to them is easy.
Post Study Work Rights for non-EU graduates
As part of an initiative by the Dutch government to attract international talent, non-EU graduates from Dutch higher education institutions have the possibility to apply for a so-called ‘Orientation Year’ permit after graduation. This permit allows graduates to look for work or start their own business during a period of one year without a work permit. A lot of graduates stick around even longer; recent research revealed that a quarter of all international students stay in the Netherlands for the rest of their lives after graduating (Nuffic, 2016).
Find out more about the Orientation Year.
The Dutch education system
Higher education in The Netherlands is divided into two streams: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Stenden is a UAS, with a focus on practical application of the knowledge students gain. Universities, on the other hand, focus on scientific research.
Studying in The Netherlands promises some exciting differences. Dutch classrooms are closely tied to the wider culture and its values of equality and autonomy. Students will develop their own intellectual independence, and are stimulated to share their ideas and opinions. All of this is part of a teaching style which has received international praise.
Lecturers at Dutch schools and universities are facilitators who guide students in their learning process. This way, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and they are expected to be assertive, proactive and independent.
The Dutch education system has a strong relationship with the (international) industry and worldwide partner universities. This results in a solid choice of internships, work placement possibilities and increased career opportunities for students there.
As a part of that education culture, you join the ranks of entrepreneurs and discoverers, of doers and makers. The Dutch constantly strive to innovate, tackling the unknown and coming up with creative solutions to all kinds of challenges. This is the reason why the Dutch economy keeps competing in innovation and knowledge on a global scale. Did you know that the Bluetooth technology in your smartphone was invented by a Dutchman?