In this blog, we have tried to write about Study in the Netherlands for international students elaborately. Before moving on to the main point of Study in the Netherlands, we need to know some information about the Netherlands.

Short Profile:

The Netherlands is a densely populated country in north-western Europe with another name, Holland. Its capital is Amsterdam. The main national language is Dutch. Besides, English, Frisian, and Papiamentu languages ​​are also prevalent. The area of the country is 41,543 sq km and the population is 17,100,475. GDP (PPP) is $53,139; which is the 13th highest in the world. The country’s currency is the euro. The Netherlands is a European-based country. 

The Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe, is known for its flat terrain, canals, tulip fields, winds, and cycling routes. A country that is listed as the third-best country in the world for living and studying. The country is also popular for the lowest crime rates.

Recently three of their prisons were closed because there were no prisoners in the prison! In addition, about 95% of the Dutch population speaks English. Almost all universities use English as the main language at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Thus, the country has become quite a popular destination for international students.

Let’s get to know about study in Netherlands!

Dutch education system and standards:

The Dutch education system is very advanced and research-oriented. There are many things you can choose from. There are several universities that are far ahead in the world rankings. It offers Bachelors, Masters, PhDs and various short courses. Bachelor’s courses (3-4 year term), Master’s courses (1-2 year term), PhD / Doctoral courses are 3-5 years. Most bachelor courses are taught in Dutch, but the master’s and doctoral programs have enough English medium. There are also English medium courses at the Bachelor’s level.

Application requirements and Procedures:

Dutch universities can apply 2 times a year, i.e. 2 sessions. A Winter which application period is September-December/January and Summer which application period is from February-July/August.

Bachelor’s Application Information:

Language requirements: You must have sufficient ability to read, write, listen and speak well in English. That’s why you must pass an English language test. IELTS and TOEFL are generally accepted, but institutions can take other tests like Cambridge English. The required score is at least 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) for TOEFL. IELTS requires at least a score of 5.

Preparatory or Foundation Course: Sometimes you may not be eligible for the program of your choice, but with a little extra preparation you can enroll in your main course! In that case, your preferred Dutch higher education institution may provide you with a conditional letter of acceptance. Dutch immigration law then allows you to come to the Netherlands for a maximum of one year to pursue a preparatory course in your education and pass the exams set by the institution. After you pass the exam, your conditional offer letter will be converted to the original offer letter of a course. Offers a ‘Preparatory Year’ course before enrolling in a Dutch university.

Tuition Fees: Tuition fees for Bachelor’s Studies may cost from 6000 to 15,000 euros a year. So it’s good to study for a scholarship or just come for a master’s because otherwise, it would be very difficult for you to finish a three/four-year bachelor’s and run your own expenses. There are only a few scholarships for Bachelor’s Studies.

To apply for most programs, you must first register at You can enroll in the main course (without the foundation course) if you have IELTS 6. If IELTS 5, you can enroll in a 12-month foundation course. If IELTS 5.5, you can enroll in a 6-month Foundation course.

To know about the scholarship: Check here.

Application for Masters or Pre-Masters:

Most universities follow the online application method. Important documents for applying for the Masters are Bachelor’s Result, CV, IELTS score (minimum 1.0), GMAT score (Depending on the subject), Motivation letter (Recommendation letter), Bachelor’s thesis or internship report. After reviewing these papers, if the university authorities feel that you have the necessary qualifications to study in the Master’s program, you can directly enroll in this program. And if there is a shortage, they may feel the need to take a 1-year or 6-month pre-masters course and offer you it, which usually takes a year or six months. After successfully completing a pre-master program, you will have direct access to the master program of your choice.

To apply for most programs, you must first register at

Application for Research Master:

The same application package for a research master program can be followed. The Master of Research Degree is a specific academic discipline, an advanced postgraduate research degree. The benefit of studying this program is that you have a higher chance of being accepted as a PhD candidate. This program is based on extensive scientific research. It usually takes two years to complete this program, however, it only takes three years to complete a PhD after completing a research masters. Admission to this program is very competitive.

Candidates should have basic knowledge of scientific research methodology or at least write some articles following scientific research methodology. Most universities in Holland have great scholarship opportunities for Research Masters or Research Assistants.

To apply for most programs, you must first register at

Post Doctorate:

There are plenty of benefits for doctoral students in Holland. A PhD candidate receives a work permit as a salaried worker. Where the salary is between 1500 – 2000 euros per month. Since the student does not have to pay any tuition fees, it is easy to pay for your living. In Holland, a PhD student has to work as a university teacher (lecturer), resulting in a high chance of obtaining a permanent work permit at the university as a lecturer upon completion of his PhD degree. However, you need to be extremely talented for direct admission to PhD and some research articles have to be written and published.

To apply for most programs, you must first register at

Tuition fees and scholarships:

Tuition fees for the Masters program are 8,000 – 20,000 euros. There are specific university-based scholarships in Holland that they provide based on good results at the graduate level and GMAT (depending on the program). Besides, there are some scholarships given by the Dutch government, such as the Erasmus and Nuffic scholarships.

Here is the full list of scholarships –

Find your preferred course:

MVV, Residence Permit/Visa and Cost of Living:

The interesting thing is if you are attending a university, that university will apply for your residence permit on your behalf. All you have to do is follow the instructions given by the university. You will need to transfer around 10,000 euros to a university bank account to pay for your expenses and show them.

However, living in Holland does not cost so much a year. Renting a student’s share flat is 260 – 350 euros per month. If you can cook at home yourself, your meal and accommodation cost no more than 300 euros a month. You need to have health insurance amounting to around 480 euro a year.

To know out about Spouse Visa, visit:

Work during Study:

As an international student, you will be allowed to work for 16 hours a week. Finding a part-time job in Holland is quite difficult. Most work is in restaurants. Language is a problem. You have to be prepared for any task. It is not possible to study and work at your own expense. In addition, if you cannot manage your studies and fail, you are likely to lose your residence permit.

Work after study:

After completing your study in Netherlands, to find a job, Holland will grant you a one-year visa. If you have read about IT, engineering and technical matters, you do not need to know the Dutch language and there is a huge demand for IT people in Holland.

For those studying other subjects, it can be difficult to find a job if they do not know the language. So the task of the wise will be to build a good network while studying, to engage in various extra-curricular activities, to get a good idea of ​​the culture and people of Holland.

Information on Permanent Residence:

You can apply for permanent residence after staying for 5 years in the Netherlands legally. Applicants who are out of the Netherlands for 6 consecutive months or more within these 5 years and for 4 months or more within 3 years will be considered ineligible. After 8 consecutive years, you can apply for Dutch citizenship. But if the student visa is 5 years, then it will be taken half time (2.5 years). Simply, it will be calculated as half of the period of study in Netherlands.


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