Learn more about the Dutch higher education
If you are considering to study in the Netherlands, to do a bachelor, master or a PHD program or you would just like to do your study abroad semester somewhere away from your county, there are some things you need to take into consideration! In the following weeks, I will introduce you the Netherlands from different aspects. Follow this blog and you will learn more from the costs, housing, transportation, job opportunities and nightlife and you will find here everything you need to know about the Dutch university system.
Why to study in the Netherlands?
Starting with the most important part, to study in the Netherlands has many opportunities ;the Dutch universities and colleges are recognized and accepted both in the Netherlands and internationally. The Dutch universities are the second highest ranked after the United Kingdom in Europe. The universities that are the highest ranked are University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University, Wageningen University and University of Groningen.
The Dutch system
Such as in many other countries, there are also two kinds of universities differentiated in the Netherlands. The university is the highest education while the so-called hogeschools (HBO) are the lower level institutions. The biggest difference between the two levels is the way of studying. University is more about studying theories while hogeschools are more about actually using the theories. It has to be noted that hogeschools are usually 4-year studies while the universities take only for 3 years. As a personal advice, you should make a decision on which level you want to study based on the study program you want to follow. Of course if you want to be a history teacher and earn a PHD degree than do NOT start HBO because with a HBO diploma you are not allowed to do a PHD later on. As I study communication and marketing, it is handier to study it on a HBO level instead of in a university When I was looking for an internship (because every students have to do internships in the Netherlands as part of their study program), I was chosen instead of university students. It happened because when it comes to marketing, university students have a great amount of knowledge, but they cannot use it in a real life situation.
It is important to highlight, which I didn’t know till my 3rd year, if you choose doing any HBO program and you wish to study later on masters level, you need to do a so called pre-master. As in some European countries all master programs take 2 years, here in the Netherlands they are mostly one year. As a pre-master is most of the times takes 2 semesters, evenif a pre-master is needed, you can earn your masters degree in two years.
Application and Tuition fees
In order to study in the Netherlands an easy application process has to be followed. All universities have their own website, where they clearly explain till when and how to apply. It mostly goes through the website of the universities.
What you need for to apply for a Bachelor Program?
First of all an English test has to be done in order study in the Netherlands. You can choose between TOEFL, Cambridge and IELTS. Personally, I recommend to take IELTS because that is the easiest out of the mentioned ones. There are a total number of 9 points you can get and you need a minimum of 6 to apply for any Dutch universities. The test consists of a listening, writing, reading and a speaking part. On each part you need to get at least a 5.5 and all together it has to be a 6 or higher. It costs around 180 euros for the test.
Hogeschools you might be interested in: Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
Universities you might be interested in: University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Tilburg University, Wageningen University and Erasmus University of Rotterdam
What you need to apply for a Masters Program?
To get into a master program is a bit more difficult. You need to score a 6.5 on the IELTS or pass the Cambridge or TOEFL test in order to have a chance to apply. You also need to hand in a copy of your bachelor diploma and you have to have the acceptable average (that is decided by the university). You also need to write a motivation letter and likely to ask a written document about you from one of your previous teachers. If you are considering doing a master in the Netherlands I advice you to read the entry requirements of the school you are interested in, because it can vary from school to school. Good reputation schools that offers a big variety of English thought masters are: University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Tilburg University, Wageningen University and Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
The Tuition Fee
To study in the Netherlands costs much less than in the UK for example. The tuition fee is around (a bit less then) 2000 euros for the WHOLE year. Here, you don’t pay for semesters but for the whole year. Of course, tuition fees can differ; can be more expensive if you want to study in health care or you decide on studying in a private university.
The next time!
By reading the next post that will be posted in a week you can learn more about housing in the Netherlands. How to get started on it? Where to find it? How much does it cost? These questions will be all answered and I will mention some sites that you can visit to find accomodation. See you next time!
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