Hol­land a top choice for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents

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THOSE look­ing to pur­sue a Euro­pean un­der­grad­u­ate or post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion that is recog­nised for its qual­ity, of­fers in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure, with rea­son­able tuition fees and af­ford­able cost of liv­ing should con­sider a Dutch ed­u­ca­tion.

Al­though Hol­land is known for beau­ti­ful tulips and tourist at­trac­tions, it is a choice des­ti­na­tion for thou­sands of stu­dents from around the world.

One in 10 stu­dents in Hol­land is an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent and over 112,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from 190 coun­tries are recorded an­nu­ally, and the num­ber is in­creas­ing ev­ery year.

There are many ex­cel­lent rea­sons for choos­ing to study in the Nether­lands but here are the top five:

1) They speak and teach in English Study­ing in Hol­land, or even the Nether­lands, is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar among in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, as a wide choice of world-lead­ing Dutch uni­ver­si­ties teach in English.

Dutch uni­ver­si­ties of­fer the largest num­ber of English-taught pro­grammes in con­ti­nen­tal Europe with over 2,100 pro­grammes avail­able.

Also, as 95% of the Dutch speak English, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is easy with lo­cals dur­ing a for­eign stu­dent’s Euro­pean ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

2) As­sur­ance of a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion Higher ed­u­ca­tion in Hol­land has a world­wide rep­u­ta­tion for its high qual­ity across all sub­jects of study and the qual­ity of Dutch in­sti­tu­tions is well recog­nised.

Dutch in­sti­tu­tions score high in the main rank­ings where 13 of the uni­ver­si­ties are among the top 200 uni­ver­si­ties in the world. This qual­ity is guar­an­teed through a na­tional sys­tem of reg­u­la­tion and qual­ity as­sur­ance.

3) Af­ford­able tuition fees and cost of liv­ing

A Dutch ed­u­ca­tion is af­ford­able as the av­er­age tuition fee for bach­e­lor’s pro­grammes €6,000 are be­tween (RM28,840) €15,000 and (RM72,101) while a master’s €8,000 pro­gramme costs be­tween (RM38,454) €20,000 and (RM96,135); with scholarship op­por­tu­ni­ties, avail­able.

The cost of liv­ing in Hol­land is also com­par­a­tively low with var­i­ous dis­counts be­ing of­fered for stu­dents.

4) De­velop lead­er­ship skills

The Dutch teach­ing style is in­ter­ac­tive and stu­dent-cen­tred. Work­ing in groups, stu­dents are en­cour­aged to de­velop their own opin­ions and an open mind even as they ac­quire valu­able skills such as analysing, solv­ing prac­ti­cal prob­lems and creative think­ing.

5) Live in one of the safest and hap­pi­est

coun­tries in the world

Peace of mind for both par­ents and stu­dents is very im­por­tant so it is com­fort­ing that Hol­land is one of the safest coun­tries in the world ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Global Peace in­dex; and be­longs to the top 10 hap­pi­est coun­tries in the world.

Hol­land per­forms well in many ar­eas of well-be­ing in the Bet­ter Life In­dex, where it is ranked top in work-life bal­ance and above the av­er­age in jobs and earn­ings, hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and skills, sub­jec­tive well-be­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity, per­sonal safety, and health sta­tus.

Those in­ter­ested to learn about how to save money, get a great ed­u­ca­tion in English and ex­pe­ri­ence the best of Europe can stop by for a chat at the Study In Hol­land Booth at Lot A102 or at­tend a talk at 3pm on Satur­day, June 6 at the Main Stage in Hall 4, KL Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

For more rea­sons to study in Hol­land and to ex­plore pro­grammes and cour­ses avail­able, visit www.study­in­hol­land.nl.

The Dutch teach­ing style is in­ter­ac­tive and stu­dent-cen­tred.

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