If you’re thinking about studying in Europe, cost would be a major factor for many. International students easily pay twice or thrice the fees that domestic students do, but scholarships can offer some respite. There are hundreds of choices in Europe to choose from, but one that you might want to check out is the Holland scholarship.
So, how would studying in the Netherlands be the best choice for you? While countries such as Germany, France, and Italy are strong contenders, the Netherlands should not be underestimated.
Three reasons why you should study in the Netherlands
Neighbouring the Netherlands is the UK, Belgium and Germany, and it is hardly surprising to learn that Dutch society is diverse and inclusive. Their international students come from more than 160 different countries, and there is also a wide range of English taught programmes.
Dutch and English are also widely spoken here (95% of the locals there speak English) so students can feel quite at home if they have a grasp of either language.
Tuition fees you can afford
Tuition at universities in the Netherlands are relatively affordable.
Study in Holland notes that the average tuition fee for non-EU students for bachelor’s programmes is between €6,000 and € 15,000, and for a master’s programme between €8,000 and €20,000.
If you can’t afford the tuition fees, most Dutch universities offer grants and scholarships for students in need — including the Holland scholarship.
The cost of housing varies depending on where you live.
An average room could cost somewhere between €300 and €600 a month, depending on the city where you study, what is included in the rent and the arrangements made by the institution. Study in Holland notes that housing in Amsterdam is more expensive than in smaller towns such as Enschede.
The Holland Scholarship
Financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences, students will be awarded €5,000 for the first year of their studies. Do note that each student will only be able to receive the Holland scholarship once to cover their first year’s annual tuition fee.
The Holland scholarship only applies to those who fit these criteria:
- You’re a non-EEA national
- You’re applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s programme at one of the accepted Dutch higher education institutions
- You meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice
- You do not have an existing degree from an education institution in the Netherlands
Participating research universities in 2021-22
This is the list of research universities participating in the Holland Scholarship. Do check out the links for more information as each university may have different requirements before you apply:
- Delft University of Technology
- Eindhoven University of Technology
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Leiden University
- Maastricht University
Participating universities of applied sciences in 2021-22
Applications will open for the academic year of 2022-2023 on Nov. 1, 2021. The deadline for application will either be Feb. 1, 2022, or May 1, 2022, depending on the university’s deadline. Do check your university’s website for details.