The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of four countries, the Netherlands itself in mainland Europe, and the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, as well as three special municipalities, the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, also in the Caribbean. The country’s formal name is the Netherlands, meaning 'low countries', because much of the land is at or below sea level.
Dutch higher education is subsidised and tuition fees are relatively low. There are many sources of funding available to you for studying in Holland.
Annual tuition fees for a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at approximately €1,700 for EU students. The costs of programmes and courses for non-EU students are generally higher. The average tuition fee for them for bachelor’s programmes lies between €6,000 and €12,000, whereas the costs for a master’s programme lie between €8,000 and €20,000.
Before you start searching for scholarships check if your institution has an exchange programme with a Dutch institution. This is the easiest and cheapest way to study in Holland.As an exchange student from an EU country, you may be eligible to receive student financial support from your home country while you’re studying in Holland.Some countries give their students financial support when they enrol in regular degree programmes abroad, either directly (in the form of a monthly grant or loan) or indirectly, through tax benefits for your parents.Contact the international office of your university to check which options are available to you.
Our online search engine Grantfinder gives you a complete overview of all scholarships available for studying in Holland.
We’ll give you 5 good reasons!
1. Wide range of English programmes
Dutch universities offer the largest number of English-taught programmes in continental Europe. More than 2,100 programmes are taught entirely in English.
Also, 95% of the Dutch speak English, so it’s easy to communicate in daily life.
2. Good value for your money
The quality of Dutch higher education is well-recognised. The tuition fees and cost of living are considerably lower than in English-speaking countries.
Also, there are lots of scholarship opportunities.
The Dutch teaching style is interactive and student-centred. You will develop valuable skills such as analysing, solving practical problems and creative thinking.
3. Big international community
Holland’s many international students come from more than 160 different countries. Dutch society is diverse and inclusive. It is strongly connected to other cultures, the business community and the world. The Dutch are open-minded and direct, so it is easy to meet them and exchange ideas.
Read the stories of international students in Holland.
4. Great place to live
Holland is one of the safest countries in the world, according to the 2018 Global Peace index and belongs to the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Read more about the good Dutch standard of living in the OECD’s Better Life Index.
Holland has a rich history with historic cities and the highest museum density in the world.
Discover the most beautiful places in Holland.
Also, Holland is the gateway to Europe! In just three hours you can be in Paris. Londo n and Berlin are just a five or six hour train ride away.
5. Excellent career opportunities
Holland is the 18th largest economy in the world. Some of the world’s biggest multinationals, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING and Unilever, are Dutch. Holland is a world leader in many areas of expertise, including agriculture, water management, art & design, logistics and sustainable energy.
The Dutch government wants to attract knowledge and retain talent. International graduates can therefore apply for an orientation year. This is a residence permit of one year to find a job, or start a business within three years of graduation. Join our Holland Alumni network to increase your chances on the job market.