The Netherlands

Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and living in the Netherlands will give you so much more than a great study experience in a wonderful city. The country has a lot to offer too!

Situated in western Europe, the Netherlands is bordered by Germany, Belgium and the North Sea. In fact, around one-fifth of the country is land reclaimed from the water, something the Dutch have been doing for centuries. The Netherlands has a longstanding tradition of global trade, so you'll find it a very internationally oriented country.

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Did you know?

  • Dutch people are the tallest in the world
  • There are 1180 windmills in the Netherlands
  • The Netherlands is home to more bicycles than people
  • The country's capital, Amsterdam, is not the seat of its government. You'll find that in The Hague 
  • About three-quarter of the Dutch speak some English.
  • Visit Holland - The Netherlands tells you all you need to know and more!

"The Netherlands is an amazing country to live, because almost everyone can speak English."

Matheus da Silva Santana Brazil

Why should you study in the Netherlands?

Did you know that 1 in 10 students in Holland is an international student? Holland has more than 90,000 international students and that number is increasing every year. So why should you study in Holland? (source: Nuffic)

Dutch universities offer the largest number of English-taught programmes in continental Europe. Also, 95% of the Dutch speak (some) English, so it's easy to interact with them.

The quality of Dutch institutions is well-recognised. The tuition fees and cost of living are considerably lower than in a lot of English-speaking countries. Also, there are lots of scholarship opportunities for you to check out.

Our many international students come from over 160 different countries. Dutch society is strongly connected to other cultures, the business community and the world. The Dutch are open-minded and direct, so you will find it easy to meet them and exchange ideas.

The Dutch teaching style is interactive and student-centred. Studying in the Netherlands means developing your own opinion and an open mind, and increasing your international orientation. You will develop valuable skills such as analysing, problem solving and creative thinking.

The Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world and consistently belongs to the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Sounds like a place you want to get to know, right?

An international trip is just around the corner. In just three hours you can be in Paris. London and Berlin are just a five or six hour train ride away. We are the gateway to Europe!

The Netherlands is consistently in the top-20 of largest economies. And did you know that some of the world's biggest multinationals, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING and Unilever, are Dutch? Our country is a world leader in many areas of expertise, including agriculture, water management, arts and design, logistics and sustainable energy.

The Dutch government wants to attract knowledge and retain talent. International graduates can therefore apply for a one-year residence permit to find a job, or start a business within three years of graduation.

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