THE DUTCH WAY (Study in The Netherlands and get the Dutch entrepreneurial leadership)

As the first non-English speaking European country to offer study programs in English, the Netherlands is known or its openness towards the international community. Its strategic location, fast connectivity with continental Europe, excellent higher education and international learning environment, makes it an idyllic destination for students seeking a true multicultural academic experience. Living in the Netherlands alone is an experience in itself in terms o widening one’s social and cultural horizons. 

HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE NETHERLANDS

Higher education in the Netherlands has a worldwide reputation or its rich quality. Dutch universities consistently earn top spots in international rankings based on everything from research innovations to funding opportunities for scholars. Studying In the Netherlands provides outstanding value through a combination of low tuition fees, low cost of living, top-notch universities and a multicultural lifestyle that embraces international students.

You can earn a quality degree which costs less when compared to other European countries. Dutch Higher Education Institutions offer more than 2000 English-taught study programs. In recent years, the country has been a home for more than 100000 students constitutes around 13 per cent of the total population of the Netherlands. The most popular degree programs for international students are in engineering, management, economics, social sciences and languages.

TYPES OF UNIVERSITIES

The two main types of universities in Netherlands are Research Universities and Universities of Applies Sciences. While research universities are mainly responsible for offering research-oriented programs focusing on practical applications of arts and science. The Netherlands has 13 research universities, 29 universities of applied sciences and 14 other institutions. The QS World Universities Rankings 2014-15 includes 13 research universities in the Netherlands, all ranked within the world’s top nations, highest ranking institute is the University of Amsterdam followed by University of Delft, Utrecht University, Technical University of Delft, Groningen University and Erasmus University of Rotterdam which were placed in the top 100.

TOP DESTINATIONS FOR INDIAN STUDENTS

Home of top MNC’s like Shell, Philips, Unilever, Akzo Nobel and HQ of the international Court of Justice, the Netherlands has been the top study destination for Indian students. Every year hundreds of Indian students get enrolled in various Dutch universities for pursuing their post graduate and doctorate studies. The Netherland education support office in Bangalore is yours first point of contact for navigating the admission procedures and to prepare for the travel to the Netherlands and the service of the NESO are available free of cost. For more info, see (www.nesoindia.org)

SCHOLARSHIP

Availability of scholarships, offered both through Dutch government and higher educational institutions is a motivating factor or India aspirants to apply for universities in Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) assists in undertaking a sabbatical from their current job and learn all the latest developments in their area of interest with a fully-paid fellowship from the Dutch government for Indian applicants. The NFP is administered from Embassy in New Delhi.

CURRICULUM AND TEACHING METHODS

The Dutch are known around the world for their astonishing inventions and revolutionary innovation ideas. Their ideas in innovation have influenced the curriculum and teaching methods of universities. The Dutch teaching method is founded on respecting every individual’s opinion and convictions. In a lecture, apart from course readings, students are expected to work in teams, analyze issue and participate in workshops and discussions.

Due to its strategic location in the heart of Europe, students find ample opportunities to travel all throughout the continent discover cultures and meet different people. As the country with the highest number of bikes, biking culture among the Dutch people makes transportation bliss for students.

ADMISSIONS

Every year, universities accept applications during two annual intakes-the February and September intake. Time duration of bachelor courses is 3-4 years, while to master and doctoral courses, it is 2 & 4 years respectively. Depending on the course and the degree, expenses range from 20-25 lakhs rupee annually. Mode of application in all the universities is online depends on the academic background and proficiency of the applicants. Each applicant is required to submit a statement of motivation and reference letters from previous professors/employee including other major details. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to produce English language efficiency test scores, which is a mandatory requirement for the admission process. Post acceptance, students are guided about necessary visa procedures, payments, housing and scholarship details by the respective offices of their universities.

EMPLOYABILITY

The Dutch education system looks beyond offering good quality study programs. It is a common belief in the Netherlands that offering a good study climate alone is not enough, but that students need to be given the tools to start a great career after receiving their degrees and diplomas. It is therefore no surprise that large international recruitment agencies see graduates from Dutch institutes promising and highly employable. Post completion of studies, students are usually given a one year visa extension to look out for employment opportunities. Today Dutch alumni can be very easily spotted in corporate houses, energy giants, civic society organizations and even the United Nations, pursuing a very successful career.

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