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Netherlands

Netherlands

Quick Facts & Figures

  • capital

    Amsterdam
  • language

    Dutch
  • currency

    Euro (EUR), US dollar (USD)
  • government

    constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy

Nethelands , also known as Holland, is a European country, bordering Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and France in the Carribean. It's a densely populated country with its gorgeous capital Amsterdam being just one of the many interesting cities. It is a heart of international cooperation. 

Dutch is an official language in Netherlands but English is widely used as second language in schools. Dutch people are the tallest people in the world. Roman Catholic , Protestant, Christian, Muslim and others are the religions in the country but some Dutch choose to be irreligious. The Netherlands became the first nation to legalise same-sex marriage. 

The Netherlands has had many well-known painters such as Johannes Vermeer and Vincent van Gogh. Netherlands is more successful than other countries when it comes to education because they put their youth first. It is also enjoyable to study in Netherlands besides for their rich culture and breath taking sceneries, is often described as the “gateway to Europe”. 

Studying in Netherlands

What are the required languages for studying in the Netherlands?
Dutch is the native language in the Netherlands. Many schools in the Netherlands will ask you to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) to measure your English language proficiency.
If you’re worried about your English language proficiency, check out our partner language centers that can help you improve your skills!
Do I need a visa? How do I get it?
If you planning to study in the Netherlands for up to 90 days, you will need Schengen visa. This visa allows you to move freely within countries of the Schengen Agreement. 

After you accept to Dutch universities, you need to apply an entry visa called PROVISIONAL RESIDENCE PERMIT or Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblifj’ (MVV) , this allows you to enter the Netherlands within 6 months.

To qualify for an MMV visa, you'll need:
  • A valid passport, and at least one photocopy of the passport photo page
  • Proof you have sufficient financial means to support yourself during the course of your studies, set by the Dutch Ministry of Justice to be at least €833.22 (US$ 1160) per month. Bank statement and scholarship letters are accepted. 
  • A completed MVV form
  • Agree to undergo a medical test for tuberculosis within three months of arriving in the Netherlands. Some nationalities are exempt from this.
  • Proof of provisional acceptance to study at a recognized institution in the Netherlands.

Once you have applied for MMV, the host students institution is bound to apply for a Residence Permit on your behalf. Your Residence Permit will be valid for the duration of your study programme. 
Are there scholarships available? How can I finance my studies?
There are many scholarships offered by the Netherlands government and even the schools themselves. Visit the Edukasyon profiles of the schools you are interested in to check if they are offering any scholarships.
There are also some international student loans available from different loan giving bodies. University representatives usually work in tandem with their financial aid department that focuses on helping students find options to finance their education. Explore our partner schools here, and click "Send Inquiry" to get connected with your university representative.
Why should I study in the Netherlands?
Netherlands is an amazing and perfect study destination for all the Filipino who wants to study abroad. It has an international and  multicultural environment where it makes convenient, comfortable and pleasant for international students to makes living, studying and working. Dutch higher education is subsidized by the government and tuition fees are relative low compared to ther English speaking countries. It is also make it easy for international students to meet Dutch people because of the innovative teaching methods. 
The universities also offer a wide range of degress taught in English. Transportation system has various discount to students making it travelling quite affordable. Lastly, education in Netherlands is internationally recognized because of very high valued at both the national and international level.

 
What are the requirements for studying at a school in the Netherlands?
First, you have to contact the international office of the university you are interested in to check whether your degree (obtained in your homeland) is recognised in the Netherlands. Given that your degree is recognised in the Netherlands, you may need:
 
  • A residence permit if you are not an EU / EEA or Swiss citizen.
  • Sufficient mastery of English: TOEFL (minimum 550 paper based, 213 computer based), IELTS (minimum average of 6) GMAT or GRE.
  • A minimum average of 7 - 7,5 (foreign diploma).
  • To be accepted by the university you have applied to. Institutions may reject your application or ask you to take some admission tests if they believe you are not fully qualified.
  • A good command of Dutch if you are after a study programme in Dutch. Most universities may also offer you courses in Dutch as a second language so you can prove that you have sufficient mastery of the language.
How do I choose a school in the Netherlands?
Schools in the Netherlands offer many undergraduate and graduate programs in every academic field. After deciding (1) What your career goals are and (2) What academic programs can help you achieve those goals, it's time to do some research on which school is best for you! There are schools in the US that are looking for Filipino students just like you! Explore them here.

Living in Netherlands

Are there Filipinos living in the Netherlands?
If you choose to study in the Netherlands, you certainly won’t be alone! There are large Filipino communities throughout the country especially in the city of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. 
 
What is the lifestyle like in the Netherlands?
Netherlands its a place where you can be yourself. Living in the country where no traffic jams because bike is mostly used. WIth its known big canals-based, Dutch summer social life often revolves around boatlife. Dutch is usually straightforward and honest as their way of open form of communication. They are usually have smile on their face and always listen to you when you talk about yourself. Self-deprecation and belittling oneself are uncommon. 
 
How much is the cost of living in the Netherlands?
The cost of living in Netherlands is typically cheaper than its western European countries offering the same standard of quality for food, housing, utilities and public transport. The cost of living in Netherlands depends on the city where will you stay. 

Working in Netherlands

What are the benefits of graduating from a school in the Netherlands?

Graduating from a school in the Netherlands can greatly benefit your future career! Depending on your school and their industry connections, your university could connect you to some of your dream American companies and maybe even internships. Schools in the US are also generally high in quality and are recognized all over the world. You can also improve your English language skills and expand your network by meeting fellow students from all walks of life. These, among other factors, can improve your employability once you graduate!
 
Can I work while I’m studying in the Netherlands?
If you’re a foreign student (non–EU/EEA/Swiss) and you have a valid residence permit with the aim to study, you can work alongside your studies (either full-time seasonal work in June, July and August, or part-time work of no more than ten hours a week). In this case your Dutch employer does need a work permit for you, but this is an easy process as the employer doesn’t need to show that there are Dutch or EU nationals capable of doing the job.