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Why do British students prefer to study in the Netherlands?

10 July 2013, 17:33

British students are increasingly looking out for better study options and places to pursue their education. It is not surprising that many of them are eagerly turning towards Dutch universities as a destination that can provide them a great learning opportunity with a lower fee as compared to the UK.

Why British students prefer the Netherlands?British students are increasingly looking out for better options and places to pursue their education. It is not surprising that many of them are eagerly turning towards Dutch universities as a destination that can provide them a great learning opportunity with a lower fee as compared to the UK.

Nearly 1,600 British students had been enrolled in Dutch universities in 2011-12 that is 18% more than in previous academic year. For instance, at Maastricht University UK student population takes this year the 4th place.

Tuition fees are attractive for EEA citizens

The universities in the Netherlands are offering attractive incentives to students from the European Union. They are required to pay for a fee of about €1,771 (£1,400) per academic year for an undergraduate programme. For a postgraduate (Master) level course, the fee however is comparable with those in UK.

Dutch government provide EEA students with possibility to apply for a limited loan tuition fees of minimum  €266. More information to read on duo.nl. Even working students who spend up to 32 hours on a job per month, have access to a free public transport in the country as well as a grant of €266. 

As British citizens do not need a visa, they can apply at Dutch universities even in August for programmes started in September and in January for courses beginning in February.

Finding job in Holland during studies

Finding employment in the Netherlands has some prerequisites. A Dutch health insurance is required for this and a proficiency in the Dutch language can be preferable. But this is not difficult considering the options available for students to acquire Dutch linguistic skills.

The Universities in Holland offer a wide range of language courses for students free of charge or with discount. Many research universities, for instance, Leiden University, Tilburg University and University of Groningen (RUG) organize Dutch language classes throughout the year. From other side many British student can find a job at the companies there English is the main language of communication and the knowledge of Dutch is not required.

As most EU students are coming to the conclusion that a Dutch educational experience can be beneficial in many ways apart from the savings in cost. They offer a multicultural academic exposure at a young age in the land of tulips and windmills. See more information about tuition fees of Dutch universities in the searching programme database.

 

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