Quality education, fetching value for money


Study in Netherlands- In Netherlands, you can explore over 2100 programmes taught in English. Besides the creative environment, connecting with the large number of international students, over 90,000, will certainly help you substantially when you complete your studies and begin your career search.


The quality of the Dutch higher education is reflected in 11 universities making it to the Top 200 in THE ranking this year. “In my opinion, three factors primarily decide a person's successful career - knowledge, skills and network. The Amsterdam MBA, with a class of future industry leaders, has been my best decision so far,” says Ankit Sonthalia, an MBA student at Amsterdam Business School.

In this series, #Eye on the Globe, we present you the Netherlands as a destination for education. Find all your answers regarding Netherlands - the best colleges, top courses, admission cycle and how much do you need to invest to get a high- quality degree from the country.

So start your preparations a year in advance for an untroubled stay in Holland.  

Q. How many Indian students are there in the Netherlands?
A. According to UNESCO Institute of Statistics, over 800 Indian students are studying there. Average annual increase is in the range of 20-30 percent.


Q. Why is the Netherlands a destination for Indian students?
A.  After the US and UK, Holland is ranked third for the number of universities in the top 200 world rankings. It’s also the 4th most innovative country as per the Global Innovative Index Rankings of 2013.


Q. Which are the most preferred courses for Indian students in the Netherlands?
A. Over the last 3 years, the most popular study areas for Indian students in the order of priority are:

  • Engineering
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Medical/Health sciences
  • Public Administration/Law
  • Agriculture


Q. What about the admission cycle?
A. Dutch immigration law allows you to come to the Netherlands for a maximum of one year prior to your studies to follow preparatory courses and pass the examinations set by the institution. After you have passed the examinations, the conditional letter of acceptance will be turned into a definite letter of acceptance.


Q. What are the job prospects?
A. Since the Dutch Government offers a one-year search period to students after completing their study, students get ample time to enhance their career opportunities. Students can also explore research opportunities at Holland after a Master’s study. The Netherlands has an excellent international ranking for the number of publications per researcher (2nd) and for the impact of research publication (4th).


Q. Which are the most popular universities among Indian students?
A. Some of the universities popular with Indian students are: Delft University of Technology, Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, Wageningen University and Research Center, University of Groningen, to name a few.


Q. Which region attracts the most number of Indian students?
A. Delft, situated between Rotterdam and provincial capital, The Hague, attracts the maximum number of Indian students, as it is home to the Delft University of Technology, known for its engineering programmes.


Q. Does the location play a role in a student’s preference to study in the Netherlands?
A. The Netherlands has an interesting labour market after studying. The Netherlands is home to engineering and corporate giants like Philips, Shell, Unilever, KPMG, ING Vysya, DSM and Akzo Nobel, to name a few.


Q. What is the cost of education?
A. Tuition fees are relatively low. The average tuition fee for non-EU students for bachelor’s programmes lies between €6,000 and €12,000, whereas the costs for a master’s programme lie between €8,000 and €20,000. Life in Holland is not expensive compared with English-speaking countries.


Q. Is there a mechanism to ease one’s search for funding?
Indian students can vie for at least 171 scholarships across 16 broad domains. You can get details at the section ‘Scholarships’ @nesoindia.org.


Top universities and select courses



Duration (months)

Fee (Euro) for non-EU students

Delft University of TechnologyBachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering368266 per year
Erasmus University Rotterdam Master’s in Management of Innovation1215,800
Utrecht University Master’s in International Development Studies1215,150
Wageningen University and Research Center Master’s in Plant Biotechnology2414,500
University of Amsterdam Master’s in Cultural and Social Anthropology1212,000
University of Groningen Master’s in Industrial Engineering and Management2413,400
Maastricht University Master’s in Globalization and Law1213,500

Eindhoven University of Technology 

Master’s in Mechanical Engineering2413,226
Leiden University


Master’s in Biomedical Sciences2419,900
Radboud University NijmegenMaster’s in Mathematical Physics24105,37

Source: www.nesoindia.org

Alphonsus StoelingaAlphonsus Stoelinga,
Ambassador of the Netherlands to India


Q. Does the Dutch government have any special policy to attract international students?
A. Yes. For this purpose the Netherlands Education Support Offices (NESO) are set up through Nuffic in The Hague. The Nuffic NESOs are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education. The offices are a channel for information, and provide support and liaison for the academic communities of the Netherlands and India. They provide information and guidance for students regarding the choice of an international course or programme of education or training. The Nuffic Neso India is based in Bangalore but covers the whole of India.

There are many scholarships maintained and funded by the Government and Dutch institutions, along with various other scholarship opportunities.  

After obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Research university or University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, non-European students can apply for a residence permit under the “Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment”. This allows the student to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands to find employment.  During the orientation year, the student has free access to the Dutch labour market. This means that your employer does not need to apply for a work permit. Furthermore, there are no income requirements during this year. 


Q. Studying abroad is a costly proposition. Do the prevailing rules allow students to work while studying?
A. There are some restrictions if students want to take a job while studying. They need a permit and can only work for a maximum of ten hours a week or, instead, a student can work full-time during the summer months of June, July and August.

Q. How does the Dutch industry look at Indian students? Are they job-ready? 
A. An Indian student is at par with the Dutch student, as far as job-readiness and employability angles are concerned. Compulsory internships/projects as part of the curriculum and problem-based learning approach whereby the student is solving industry problems during his study are major contributing factors to this job-ready status of the student.  Dutch language knowledge would be an asset, at this point.

Q. Do the Indian students fit into the cultural milieu of the Netherlands? Is there any friction?
A. Even as far back as the early 17th century, Holland was an advanced country, with much of its wealth coming from international trade. With Dutch historical ties reaching across the globe, the society is truly multicultural, and home to students from the world. And at present, the Netherlands has the second largest population of people of Indian origin (PIOs) in Europe.

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