After you are accepted to a university in the Netherlands, the university applies for visa and residence permit on your behalf. If the application is accepted you have to make an appointment to the embassy in India to collect the MVV and have your biometrics taken.
Approximately hundred thousand International students are studying in the Netherlands and this number is increasing at a rapid rate every year. There are several wonderful reasons for choosing the Netherlands as your study destination for higher education:
People of Netherland are very welcoming, warm and open to living with other nationalities. Currently, there are over 200 nationalities in the Netherlands. Also, according to the 2014 Global Connectedness Index, the Netherlands is the most connected country geographically & economically in the world. It is a hub for business & commercial activities not only because of its location but the proficiency in the English Language which is only second to Sweden in the Europe continent. The Netherlands is an excellent destination for higher education with no language barrier. 95% of the Dutch people speak & understand the English language.
Low Tuition Fee:
The institutions in the Netherlands are regulated by strict norms of the government. Thus they are known for delivering very high quality of education. The tuition fee is quite low when compared to other countries in Europe & significantly lower than almost all English-speaking countries viz. USA, UK, Australia, etc. Besides, the Institutions offer a range of scholarship opportunities to students from all over the world.
The Institutions in the Netherlands use practical & industry-oriented pedagogy to teach students. They make sure that students gain 21st-century skills in the chosen fields like creative thinking, problem analysis & solving, teamwork, etc. They strongly believe in making students job-ready in a dynamic business world.
Happy & Safe Country:
The Global Peace Index 2016 & the OECD’s Better Life Index have named the Netherlands as one of the World’s safest & happiest countries respectively. This country is a gateway to Europe and due to its connectedness, geography & excellent transport link, it is very easy to travel to other prominent places in Europe. You may find entire Europe at your doorstep when you study in the Netherlands.
There are two categories of Institutions in the Netherlands when it comes to higher education, they are Research Universities & Universities of Applied Sciences.
They are mainly responsible for offering research-oriented courses. They include general & open Universities that offer programs in various disciplines. A bachelor’s program at a research university usually awards 180 credits (3 years) and degrees such as Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts, based on the discipline.
Universities of Applied Sciences:
The main objective of these Universities is to offer programs that are industry-oriented & help students become job-ready. These Universities provide intense practice-oriented courses in several disciplines. The programs at the University of Applied Sciences require 240 Credits (4 years) to be completed.
Credit System & Grading in Higher Education:
ECTS measures the student’s workload in the Institutions in the Netherlands. 1 credit denotes 28 hours of work & 60 credits represent 1 year of full-time study. The grading scale varies from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding) & the lowest passing grade is 6, and 9 and 10 are very hard to obtain. One academic year is generally 42 weeks long.
There are several accreditations that an institution has to obtain to provide and maintain an excellent quality of education. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is responsible to lead the responsibility of education in the Netherlands. There are standard criteria which are used to evaluate the academic prowess of all institutions in the Netherlands. The programs that pass this evaluation are accredited and allowed to run by the institutions for 6 years. All accredited programs are registered in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programs (CROHO).
Member of the EU and agreeing with the Bologna system, universities in Netherlands favour EU and EEA students when it comes to tuition fees. For this reason, students coming from a non-EU/EEA country can be charged double, or sometimes even triple the amount of tuition fee that is charged to EU students.
The common name for these tuitions will be the statutory fee (for EU/EEA students, or students with special residence permits )and the institutional fee (for non-EU/EEA students).
On average, tuition fees for EU students range at around 2,000 EUR/year, while for non-EU students, tuition fees start from 6,000 EUR/year.
If you are from an EU/EEA country or Suriname and you start studying a Bachelor’s at a public university in the Netherlands in 2018-2019, you will only pay half of the tuition fee in the first year. This means that for the first year of studies your fee will only be 1,030 EUR. A main condition to be eligible is to not have studied in Netherlands before.
The fee discount will also apply to Master’s degrees in Initial Teacher Education, provided that you start a Bachelor’s in Education at a Dutch University in 2018-2019.
Here is what Indian students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Netherlands:
After you are accepted to a university in the Netherlands, the university applies for visa and residence permit on your behalf. If the application is accepted you have to make an appointment to the embassy in India to collect the MVV and have your biometrics taken. You will have to take a tuberculosis test after arriving in the Netherlands for your university studies.
Indian students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.
You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.
The Long Stay Visa (MVV) / Residence Permit from Netherlands is valid for up to 3 months. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Netherlands after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.
When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Netherlands, they require you to prove that you have available 868 EUR/month either from an external source, or already in your bank account.
Indian students won’t have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Netherlands. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Netherlands.
Indian students will need to take a medical test before arriving in Netherlands.
Indian students won’t need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Netherlands.
Look at the Netherlands immigration website for more detailed visa information.
|Sr. No||University Name||Website|
|1||University of Twente, Enschede||www.utwente.nl/en|
|2||Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands (Public University)||www.tilburguniversity.edu|
|3||Radboud University, Nijmegen||www.ru.nl/english|
|4||HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen||www.han.nl/international/english|
|5||Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht||www.msm.nl|
|6||Fontys University, Eindhoven||www.fontys.edu|
|7||Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Apeldoorn||www.wittenborg.eu|
|8||Rotterdam Business School, Rotterdam||www.rotterdamuas.com/about/organisation/schools/rotterdam-business-school/programmes/|
|9||University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (CEG)||www.cambridgeeducationgroup.com/destinations/europe.htm|
|10||Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam (CEG)||www.cambridgeeducationgroup.com/destinations/europe.htm|
|11||Study Group Holland International Study Centre, Amsterdam||www.hollandisc.com|