Study in Netherlands


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Updated on Feb 17, 2022 8:04 PM IST

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Among the top study abroad destinations in Europe, the Netherlands has crept up the ladder becoming one of the popular choices among international students. As more and more students from across the globe understand the benefits of studying abroad, many countries with highly reputable higher education systems, as in the Netherlands, become their top picks. With focus on career and quality higher education teaching, your decision to study in the Netherlands can be the right option.

If you are planning to pursue higher education from Europe at an affordable cost then studying in the Netherlands can be one of the best options for you. Located in the northwestern part of Europe, Netherlands is divided into 12 provinces with two of its provinces, namely the Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland together forming  Holland as we know now.

The Netherlands is home to some of the top-ranking universities in the world, attracting thousands of students from around the world. Apart from the best research institutions in the Netherlands like the University of Amsterdam, and the Delft University of Technology that rank in the top 100 Universities by QS World University ranking, Netherlands is home to 11 universities that have been listed among the top 500 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

For international students, Dutch Universities in the Netherlands are the commonly opted universities as they offer English-taught programmes. Moreover, the dutch universities offer undergraduate and graduate studies at a reasonable price, when compared to its neighbouring states and countries. As per reports, the average cost of study in the Netherlands, at a Dutch university for non-Europeans, amounted to €6,000. While the Netherlands offer globally-accredited higher education degree programmes, universities in the country offer exceptional facilities and infrastructure.

The official record says all about the popularity of the Netherlands among international students. According to the Statista Record, the number of international students enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s courses in the Netherlands has increased significantly from 2008 to 2019. As per the data, a total of 94,236 international students were enrolled at different universities in the Netherlands in 2019 itself.  Among the thousands of international students, hailing from 160 countries, that have opted to study in the country, a large portion of the international student cohort has been Indians. A Times of India report highlighted that 3,209 Indian students had opted to study in the Netherlands in 2019. From the hundreds of degree options in the Netherlands, Indian students commonly opted for STEM courses. Some of the popular STEM courses in the Netherlands include Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Sciences and more.

Here are other interesting facts about the Netherlands that make it a desirable place to study abroad. The Netherlands ranks 5th in the list of the United Nations list of Happiest Countries in the World 2021. It also ranks 21 in the Global Peace Index 2021 ranking 2021. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, the country has a very high proficiency in English. Additionally, 90% to 93% of the population in the Netherlands can speak English as a second language.

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