It may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but don’t underestimate the Netherlands’ important and innovative culture: it’s in the top 20 of the world’s largest economies. Its capital is Amsterdam, and Rotterdam is the country’s second largest city.
Exploring the land of the Dutch and beyond
With one of the millions of bicycles in the Netherlands, you can explore Rotterdam and its surroundings. And with the country’s easy-to-use public transport system or a car, you can easily venture out to other Dutch cities or even cross the borders to visit other European countries. For example; Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, London, and Paris are only a two- to six-hour train ride away.
Feeling at home
If you’re an international student, you’re in good company as you’ll be entering an international environment – on campus and far beyond. The Dutch have a good command of English, making life for foreigners particularly easy. In such a melting pot, there are plenty of Dutch and international holidays and festivals which make the Netherlands a vibrant and exciting country to live in. Here, you will develop an open mind and international orientation, as well as creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Education and career
The quality of Dutch education is known for its high standards and top rankings. Tuition fees are generally lower than in English-speaking countries, so you can expect value for your money here. And the location can be a good start to your career too! Multinationals such as Philips, Heineken, Shell, ING and Unilever are Dutch. Being such a world leader in several industries, including agriculture, sustainable energy, water management, art and design and logistics, means you can discover many areas of expertise in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government wants to attract and retain talent. Non-EEA students can apply for a job search visa that lets you stay for one year after finishing your studies to find a job, or start a business within three years after graduating.