After you have enrolled yourself at your chosen educational institute, you will have to get informed about things like visas, residence permits and insurance.
Additional information regarding visas, staying permits and insurance can be found under work/practical information.
Do you speak Dutch? How will you go about footing the bills? Are you eligible to receive a scholarship? Are you looking for a job on the side? Are you allowed to take on any kind of work as a foreign student?
Selection by lot
Certain university courses receive more applicants than they can place, as the region is a cultural and economic hot spot.
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, students are selected by lot, whereby students with higher secondary-school grades have an increased chance of getting in. Prospective students with an average of eight points out of ten or higher (under the Dutch grading system) are usually automatically awarded a place in their preferred programme. Before every academic year, you can apply for one programme that selects students by lot.
The Dutch language
Foreign students who would like to study at a Dutch university will have to master the Dutch language to a certain extent, although most Dutch speak English fluently. Some institutions offer extensive courses in Dutch, like the HAN University of Applied Science.
If you have enrolled in an English-taught programme and English is not your native language, you will have to take an English proficiency test. This may not be necessary if you have lived in an English-speaking country for an extended period of time or completed your secondary education in one of the EU countries. Contact the universities for further details.
A cheap way to study abroad is to make use of an exchange program. On the website of the Nuffic (Netherlands Universities’ Foundation for International Cooperation) you can find an overview of all specific exchange programs.
Study grants and government assistance in the Netherlands are coordinated by Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO – The Education Executive Agency of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and they offer financial assistance for Dutch students and (in some cases) for foreign students. To see if you might be eligible for financial assistance, go to their website, which is also available in English.
Having a job as a foreign student
You are allowed to have a job on the side while in college in the Netherlands and it is possible to pursue an internship in certain businesses. The Dutch government has set up a few rules for foreign students who work here, however. Study in Holland has collected and organised this information for you.