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The teaching style can be described as student-centred, 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. A large portion of all study programmes is dedicated to writing papers, working in groups to analyze and solve specific problems, acquiring practical work experience through internships, and conducting experiments in laboratories.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to a programme of higher study, you should first contact the institution that offers the programme. The main requirement for admission to a bachelor’s programme is a secondary-school diploma at the appropriate level. Foreign

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students must have a diploma judged equivalent to the minimum diploma required. There are also study programmes - in the arts for example - for which institutions set their own additional requirements. For admission to a master’s degree programme, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. In certain popular fields, the number of places is limited and quotas are set. It is essential for foreign students to be able to speak, read and write English well. Students must have passed an English language test. TOEFL is commonly accepted, but institutions may accept other tests as well, such as IELTS. The required scores are at least 500 - 550 for TOEFL. For IELTS a score of at least 6 is required for the B and M level.

Affordable study

Education in Holland is not free, but tuition fees are reasonable compared to other countries. The annual tuition fees for enrolment on a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at approximately 1,500 euro for EU students. The costs of programmes or courses for non-EU students are generally higher, so we recommend that you visit our online database at www.studyin.nl.

Code of Conduct for institutions

On 1 May 2006, the Code of Conduct with respect to international students in Dutch higher education came into effect. This Code sets out standards for Dutch higher education institutions in their dealings with international students. By signing the Code of Conduct, the institutions are offering international students a guarantee of the quality of their programmes, student recruitment, selection and counseling procedures. Only institutions that have signed up to the Code are allowed to recruit international students from outside the European Union (EU). This Code of Conduct is an initiative of the Dutch institutions.

The Code of Conduct requires educational institutions to provide timely, reliable and easily accessible information to international students about their study programmes. Specifically, this includes information such as accreditation status, quality, admission requirements as well as many more important rules and procedures for international students. The information provided by the educational institutions to international students on the basis of the Code of Conduct must be in English, in the language used for the study programme, or in the native language of the international

student. The educational institution must make clear what services it provides to international students, such as help with obtaining a visa and a residence permit, housing, introduction sessions and student counseling. In their information materials, educational institutions must specify clearly what services they offer and what the associated costs are.

Students from outside the EU, seeking a course at an institution of higher education that did not sign the Code of Conduct, will not be able to obtain visas. The full version of the Code of Conduct can be found at www.internationalstudy.nl. This website also provides a list of the institutions that have signed the Code.

Leading role

Holland has a broad number of disciplines in which it has a leading role. The ones that are particularly well known around the world are:

  • management & business studies

  • agricultural sciences

  • medicine

  • civil engineering

  • remote sensing

  • arts & architecture

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