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There are many reasons why you should consider studying in Holland but ultimately the most important factors will be different for each and every one of you. Here we focus on some of the key advantages of gaining a Dutch university education.

Student life & Leisure

Many cities also have several separate student associations, not connected to any institution. And there are usually pubs, restaurants and other meeting places where many students hang out.

There is plenty to see in Holland, whether you’re strolling through town, making a boat trip on the canals or lakes, lazing on the beach or walking in the woods and dunes.

Major international music stars regularly play at Dutch stadiums and smaller venues. Musicals and theatre are also very popular and with over 1,000 museums there is a lot to discover.

Education in Holland


Pioneering benefits science and education it is the only way to discover new things. Holland is the birth place of many Nobel Prize winners in the fields of physics, chemistry, economics and medicine.

But it is also a free port for international scientists. The famous Nobel Laureates Marie Curie and Andre Geim came here to conduct research.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship takes its name from the best known Dutch philosopher and humanist, Desiderius Erasmus. After completing his studies in Holland, Erasmus travelled all over Europe to debate with other famous scholars, among them Thomas More.

These are just some of the well known Dutch pioneers. When you study in Holland you will find out what it is like to be a pioneer.

Working while studying

International Students need a work permit (the permit is free of charge) and you are restricted in the number of hours you may work in the Netherlands. Every calendar year, you must make a choice between:

Higher Education System

Higher education in Holland is known for its high quality and its international study environment. With more than 2,100 international study programmes and courses, it has the largest offer of English taught programmes in continental Europe.

Dutch higher education has a binary system, which means that you can choose between two types of education:

At a research university you will focus more on research oriented work, which could be either in an academic or in a professional setting. At a university of applied sciences you can choose a professional programme in the applied arts and sciences, to prepare you for a specific career.


Many students do an internship as part of their study programme. As a foreign student, you may also be interested in doing an internship in the Netherlands.

Average Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes for non EU students are usually higher than those for EU citizens.

In total a study year for citizens outside of Europe can cost between 17,000 and 22,000 (inclusive all living expenses.)

Please note, that international students enrolling to a Dutch university, must pay the full tuition fee amount for the first study year. Current university students can arrange a term based payment in certain cases.

Cost of Living

You will need between 900 and 1,200 per month to cover rent, food, insurance, transport and other expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but this of course depends on your own lifestyle. An indication of likely expenses is given below

Addmission Process

At the Holland ISC you will be provided with the best preparation for your chosen university in Holland. We partner with several top universities in the country, offering pathway programmes varying from English Language courses to our International Foundation Year and our English Pre Masters.

To study a programme at the Holland ISC students must meet the following entry requirements:

All students must apply and obtain a conditional offer from one of our partner universities before joining a programme at the Holland ISC. Our Admissions Coordinator can assist you in this process if you have not already applied to a Dutch University.

English Language Requirements for International Foundation Year Programme

English Language Requirements for the English Pre Masters programme

English Language Requirements for the English Foundation Programme

How to Apply Visa

Visas and Permits

To enter the Netherlands for study purposes, you might need a visa and/or a residence permit.

Whether you need a visa or not, depends on:

When you enrol in a study programme, your host institution will contact you to start up the application procedure. If not, ask for help by contacting the department dealing with international student mobility. Usually this will be the institution’s international office.

Types of Visa

Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to travel into the country. For stays of up to 90 days, this visa is called a ‘short stay visa’ or ‘Schengen visa’. For stays longer than 90 days, this is called an entry visa (MVV) and is always followed by a residence permit (VVR).


The visa will usually allow you to travel throughout all countries in the Schengen area. Sometimes the visa is limited to a single country (for example Holland only) or a few countries (for example Holland, Belgium and France). In that case, the visa will only allow you to travel to and through that particular country or these particular countries.

With a short stay visa your stay in the Schengen area is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. This means that once you have been in the Schengen area for 90 days you may not return until another 90 days have passed.

An entry visa is also valid for only 90 days and is meant to be followed by a residence permit for a longer period of time.

Entry Visa / Authorisation for Temporary Stay (‘MVV’)

All non EU/EEA students entering the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa (‘MVV’), except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State. This Entry Visa is a sticker that is placed in your passport and is issued by the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin.

Residence permit

All those who enter the Netherlands with or without an Entry Visa (‘MVV’) and who wish to stay for a period of longer than three months, are obliged to apply for a ‘Verblijfsvergunning regulier’, or ‘VVR’ (a Residence Permit). The Immigration Officer will send the application to the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (‘IND’) on your behalf. Your Residence Permit will be ready soon after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Documents required to apply for Dutch Student Visa

Standard Financial requirements for Student Visa and/or Residence Permit

As a non EU national entering the Netherlands to study, you may need an entry visa and/or a residence permit. To obtain these you must demonstrate that you have enough money to cover your entire stay.

Important note: These standard amounts do not include tuition fee costs. You are expected to have the amounts stated above at your disposal in addition to sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees.

Proof of Sufficient Funds

The following means are accepted as proof of sufficient funds:

Visa Fees

Please transfer the following legal fees to University’s bank account/credit card payment (only for visa/residence permit fee) before the deadline stated in your admission offer:

Registering with the Council

If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months you will need to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town where you are living.

Registration regulations may vary from one council to another. It is best to contact your higher education institution or the council directly. They can tell you the exact registration procedure, including which documents you need to hand in (such as a valid passport, your rental contract and so on).