Study in Netherlands

About studying in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a wonderful and open country with an interesting mix of history and cultures built on its rich history of travel and trade. Netherlands has two types of universities – research universities , which offer a traditional range of subjects and courses – and universities of applied science, which concentrate on technology and have close links with industry.

Tuition fees to study in the Netherlands are comparatively low, and the Dutch government offers generous loans which are open to anyone studying in the Netherlands. 

All applications to study in the Netherlands are made through the StudieLink system, which opens a year before you intend to start your course. Dutch universities  do not have the same deadlines for applications. Some accept them until the very last minute while others, in particular the Research universities, expect all applications to be filed by 15 January or 1 May for most courses. Call Elab for more information on deadlines.

Research universities are interested in your academic results, appraisals, achievements and the reasons you give for wanting to study a particular subject.

Applied Science universities generally look for students who wish to have a practical educational journey, and thus appraisals and references play a major part in determining whether or not you will be offered a place.

Each university has its own checklist of required documentation. Translations are required. These typically include:

  • School certificate.
  • Exam results when available.
  • A Personal Statement.
  • Academic references.

Elab will assist you by:

  • Reviewing and commenting on the suitability, completeness and improvements to application documents.
  • Helping you choose suitable universities.
  • Providing advice on additional activities, reading or studies required to enhance your chances of a placement on a chosen course.
  • Providing details of fees, financing, accommodation, obtaining a BNS number.
  • and other general information.
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