Study in the Netherlands? Consider applying for the Holland Scholarship
If you are planning to study in Europe, cost would be a major factor for many. International students easily pay two or three times the tuition fees as domestic students, but scholarships can provide some respite. There are hundreds of choices in Europe, but the one you might want to check out is the Holland Stock Exchange.
So why would studying in the Netherlands be the best choice for you? While countries like Germany, France and Italy are strong contenders, the Netherlands should not be underestimated.
Three reasons why you should study in the Netherlands
The UK, Belgium and Germany are neighbors of the Netherlands, and it’s no surprise to learn that Dutch society is diverse and inclusive. Their international students come from over 160 different countries, and there is also a wide range of English-taught programs.
Dutch and English are also widely spoken here (95% of the locals speak English), so students can feel right at home if they are fluent in either language.
Tuition you can afford
Tuition fees at Dutch universities are relatively affordable.
Study in Holland notes that the average tuition fees for non-EU students for bachelor’s programs are between €6,000 and €15,000, and for a master’s program between €8,000 and €20,000.
If you cannot afford tuition, most Dutch universities offer grants and scholarships for needy students, including the Dutch scholarship.
The cost of housing varies depending on where you live.
An average room can cost between €300 and €600 per 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 accommodation in Amsterdam is more expensive than in smaller towns like Enschede.
In total, students can expect to spend an average of between €800 and €1,100 per month. International students can apply for part-time employment to help cover the cost of living.
The Holland Stock Exchange
The Holland Scholarship is applicable to non-EEA international students seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the Netherlands.
Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences, students will receive €5,000 for the first year of their studies. Note that each student will only be eligible to receive the Holland Scholarship once to cover their first year’s annual tuition.
The Holland Scholarship only applies to those who meet these criteria:
- You are not an EEA national
- You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s program at one of the accepted Dutch higher education institutions
- You meet the specific requirements of the establishment of your choice
- You do not have an existing degree from an educational institution in the Netherlands
Participating research universities in 2021-22
Here is the list of research universities participating in the Holland Scholarship. Check the links for more information as each university may have different requirements before applying:
Participating universities of applied sciences in 2021-22
Applications will open for the 2022-2023 academic year on November 1, 2021. The application deadline will be either February 1, 2022 or May 1, 2022, depending on the university deadline. Check your university’s website for details.