Study in The Netherlands: A Complete Guide for 2020

International students can now apply for student visa & residence permit in the Netherlands.

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The Netherlands or Holland is a European country. It is situated on the northwestern side of the continent. The mesmerising routing of canals forms the concentric bells around Amsterdam, the capital. The Netherlands is abode to fantastic infrastructural facilities and dream-like vistas. 

Not only for its enrapturing beauty. But it is also famous for safeguarding its cultural heritage. The history of the country is respectfully looked at even today. An approximate population of 17 million as of 2020. The Netherlands is majorly a Dutch language-speaking country, But most people excel in English as well.

Is the Netherlands an Excellent Place to Study?

The education sector of The Netherlands is not only robust and advanced. But also inexpensive when compared to The States, Australia, or The United Kingdom. The quality of education is not at all compromised. Instead, you shall find a broader range of courses, programmes, and degrees. 

Studying abroad can sometimes be challenging. Adapting to a new environment, trying to fit in within another culture is not easy. But you will be fortunate enough to have chosen The Netherlands in this case. The main reason being that the people over here are warm-heartedly welcoming. In 2016 the Netherlands secured the first position in healthcare facilities in Europe. This makes it an excellent place to complete your higher education.

University Intakes in The Netherlands

Almost every university in The Netherlands permits two intakes. The winter intake. And the autumn intake. This takes place in February and September. 

  • The Autumn Intake: The academic year commences in September. It is considered as the primary intake since all the courses are available for the students.
  • The Winter Intake: The secondary intake begins in February. It does not offer all the courses as compared to the primary intake.

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Top Universities in The Netherlands

Following is the list of the finest of the universities present in the Netherlands:

The higher education system here has been categorised into three different types. Research Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, and Institutes for International Education.

What are the Documents Required for a Netherlands Student Visa?

Some international students are required to apply for an entry visa (MVV). As well as a residence permit (VRV). Depending upon their nationality and duration of stay to study in The Netherlands. International students belonging to certain nations. Like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Monaco, the USA, and the Vatican City. Can enter Holland without any MVV or VRV. But for others, having these two documents is a necessity.

Also, if your stay period is less than 90 days, you will not be required to issue a student visa and a residence permit. You can arrive in The Netherlands using a short stay or Schengen visa.

Before going on to the application process for the student visa. Let's have a look at the documents required for the same.

  • Visa Application Form (Completed)
  • Valid Passport
  • Two Photographs
  • Birth Certificate
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Offer Letter from the University/College/School
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Travel and Health Insurance
  • Biometric Information
  • Tuberculosis test for students of some particular countries
  • Photocopies of all the original documents

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What is the Application Process for a Student Visa?

For knowing the application process for the student visa (MVV) in detail. Go through the following steps:

The first thing you need is to receive an offer letter. From your selected university in the Netherlands. Without an offer or acceptance letter from them. You cannot enter the country for educational purposes.

After receiving the offer letter, you can apply for the student visa in three ways:

  1. Ask your university to apply for the visa on your behalf
  2. Hire a visa consultancy service to do the same
  3. Apply online by yourself

It is suggested you go with the second option. Since they will not only help you throughout the entire application process. But will also prep you for interviews and exams.

  • When applying for a visa, you will be required to fill the application form with correct and present details. Make sure you do not leave the application form unattended and fill the details correctly.
  • After submitting it with the required documents, you will receive confirmation within four to six weeks from the Immigration Department.
  • Schedule an appointment for your visa interview through the nearest embassy in your country. You must also carry the necessary documents with you.
  • Soon, you shall receive your student visa (MVV) attached to your passport which would be valid for three to six months. Hence, remember to issue the residence permit as soon as you reach The Netherlands.
  • Upon arrival, you must also inform the Municipality about your accommodation details. Ask them before-hand about all the documents which will be required and carry them with you.

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Cost of Living in The Netherlands

Before leaving for studying in Holland, it is crucial a student pays attention to his/her financial condition and makes sure they have sufficient resources to support their lifestyle abroad. To have an idea regarding the monthly living costs in The Netherlands refer to the table given below:

Service or Item

Living Expenses (in Euro)


350 - 800 



Study Materials




Health Insurance (in case you don't have the EU Health Insurance Card)



To sum it up, your monthly expenditure can range from 1000 to 1400 euros. Moreover, it also depends upon the city you will be living in. For example, if your university is situated in Enschede. Your monthly budget will not exceed 1000 Euros. But if you're choosing to live in Amsterdam, it might increase by 500 Euros.

Cost to Studying in The Netherlands

The cost to study in the Netherlands depends upon your nationality, your course - whether it's a bachelor's or Master's degree, and your university type as well. For non-EU and non-EEA students the tuition fees in public universities might range between 6000 - 15000 Euros per year for a bachelor's degree. While for a master's program, it might cost you 8000 - 20000 Euros per year.

Moreover, if you're planning to study at a private university. You might need to expand your budget up to even 30000 Euros per year.

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