Why study Netherlands?
Respect for each individual’s opinions and convictions is a national virtue that gives strength to the fabric of Holland’s diverse society. This is the foundation of the teaching methods used in Dutch educational institutions.
The teaching style can be described as interactive and student-centered, providing students with the attention and freedom they need to develop their own opinions and creativity in applying their newly acquired knowledge. Holland has received international acclaim for its groundbreaking problem-based learning system, which trains students to analyze and solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study and self-discipline. Many study programmes are dedicated and focus on writing papers, working in groups to analyze and solve specific problems, acquiring practical work experience through internships, and conducting experiments in laboratories.
The Netherlands is centrally located in Europe and is in easy reach of all major European cities. The Netherlands is often described as the “gateway to Europe”. It takes only about an hour to fly from Amsterdam to Paris, Berlin, Brussels, or London. It also has great connections and accessibility by train to all major European cities.
The Netherlands also has a well-developed and connected transportation system, and various discounts for students make travelling quite affordable. As mentioned, when working 32 hours a month, you can also get a student OV-Chipkaart, which gives you access to free public transportation. This makes it very convenient and cheap to explore the whole country. Further, you will love how easy it is to get around with a bike – the preferred means of transportation of the Dutch, and also the cheapest. You can cycle in peace, confidence and tranquility, as there are dedicated roads for cyclists.
The Netherlands has also been recognized as a knowledge center with rich study traditions and well-known universities. Scientific research at Dutch universities is very highly valued at both the national and international level. Education in the Netherlands meets all international standards and is well-reputed worldwide. A diploma from a Dutch university provides an opportunity to start one’s own business and can be very useful in terms of having a successful career in any country of the world.
The most recognized universities in the Netherlands include the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Utrecht University. Personally I also recommend Maastricht University (where I am studying for my master’s degree); it is also highly accredited and has a very effective teaching method called project-based learning. This makes you study actively, participate, work in teams and focus on real-life problems.
The Dutch Education System
The Dutch educational system is interactive, business-driven and focuses on teamwork. The Netherlands has been offering international programmes for over fifty years and was the first non-English speaking country to offer higher education courses taught in English.
The Dutch educational system is of high quality and our universities are acknowledged worldwide for their well-designed, modern courses and facilities. The Dutch educational system can be classified as a problem-based learning system. 95% of the inhabitants speak English which makes communication with the locals easy. The Netherlands is centrally located in Europe and is in easy reach of all major European cities.
The tuition fees and other expenses for those who come to the Netherlands to study are relatively low compared to other European countries. Dutch universities have good relations with foreign partner institutes and encourage their students to engage in exchange programmes and study tours
WHY STUDY IN DENMARK
Each year students from around the world come to Denmark to pursue a quality education in a friendly, safe and innovation-driven environment. What they gain is an excellent foundation for their future career within a wide range of educational areas, such as engineering, life sciences and social sciences. We invite you to come and study in Denmark – for a fun and enriching experience that will help you gain an excellent foundation for your future career. – More than 500 programmes and 1300 courses taught in English – An innovative educational system of high international quality – Excellent collaborative and innovative skills – A well-organised, friendly and safe country – A strong foundation for your future career STUDY IN ENGLISH As an international student in Denmark, you can choose between more than 500 degree programmes and 1300 courses taught entirely in English. > Find your international study programme in Denmark. You can study either for a full degree or add credits to your current degree. Subject areas cover a wide range of disciplines – science, technology, pharmaceutical sciences, business, architecture, design, humanities, and much more. An ongoing accreditation and quality assurance is your guarantee that all programmes are of the highest international quality and relevance. As research plays a key role in Danish society, you can also pursue prestigious PhD fellowships and industrial research programmes.
WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION Today’s global challenges demand innovative solutions. Danish higher education combines traditional academic excellence with innovative teaching that will empower you to think, experiment and collaborate your way to new ideas and greater knowledge. Whichever subject you choose to study in Denmark, you can expect high academic standards that are recognised worldwide. Danish university tutors are part-time researchers and often have experience as working professionals. This ensures an up-to-the-minute academic knowledge and a valuable practical perspective in their teaching. Furthermore, many Danish institutions partner with industry and research institutes, fostering a dynamic study environment with credit-earning internships where students can gain valuable work experience.
INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Combining traditional lectures and tutorials with project-based teaching methods, higher education in Denmark will help you develop strong problem solving skills. Open debate and problem-based learning methods will encourage you to express yourself, to pursue experiment and to work collaboratively with others. This involves project work – on your own and with fellow students. These projects will often treat real-life challenges and draw on your ability to use your initiative and think freely. Oral and written exams ensure learning outcomes of high international quality. Read more about the Danish way of teaching 3 The learning environment in Denmark is friendly and relaxed with students and teachers debating openly during class and lectures. Danish universities, colleges and academies are state-of-the-art and offer you free access to computers, libraries and Wi-Fi on campus.
When they are old enough for college, every Dane is entitled to free tuition, thanks to their excellent educational system. They encourage freedom of choice. Whether they choose to study Gymnasium (academic upper secondary education), Higher Preparatory Education (one year shorter than Gymnasium), HTX (Higher Technical Education Program with emphasis on Mathematics and Engineering), HHX (Higher Commercial Examination Program with emphasis on trade and business), or vocational education that puts emphasis on learning a trade by apprenticeship and training, every student is encouraged to “think for themselves.” Innovation and creativity are prized qualities in the system.
Denmark has eight universities. The largest is the University of Copenhagen which was founded in 1479. It’s also ranked #39 in the QS Top Universities’ “Best Student Cities” this year. Other prominent universities include the Aarhus University, and the University of Southern Denmark which is located in Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.
Denmark is not an inexpensive place to live, but it can be done on a budget. Transportation for most Danish is their bikes. Copenhagen, the nation’s capital, is bike-friendly and also one of the most walkable cities.
What could be better for an international student to live and study in one of the best student cities in the world?
Gateway to Europe
Denmark’s location makes it a gateway to other Scandinavian countries and the rest of Europe. Berlin is just an hour’s flight away. London and Paris can be reached in less than two hours. And Barcelona, Rome, Vienna and Prague are all just a few hours flight away.
It is rated as one of the happiest countries in the world. Why? The Danes enjoy social welfare system that is the envy of the world. Although they pay one of the highest percentages in income taxes, ranging from 40 to 65%, they believe it is for the common good. All citizens and legal residents alike receive tax-funded healthcare and unemployment insurance. The egalitarian principle is embedded in the society. The Danes also believe in balancing work with family life. Their children are safe to roam without worrying about crime as they have the lowest crime rate in the world.