Most student exchanges within Europe are funded by the European Union. For European students, EU exchange programmes have the advantage that many important matters are already taken care of, such as funding, housing and acceptance at the institution. Often a student will know in advance how many credits he or she will earn during the period of exchange.
The Erasmus programme aims to encourage cooperation among the higher education institutions of Europe. A large amount of money is earmarked for supporting students who wish to complete part of their studies in another country of the European Union or to finance a European internship. An Erasmus scholarship covers a period of three to twelve months. Your own institution must participate in the programme and must also have a bilateral agreement with an institution in the Netherlands before your mobility period abroad starts. For more detailed information, please visit the local website of the National Agency in your own country, which you can find at http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ programmes/socrates/nat-est_en.html.
30 Study in Holland
Leonardo is the European programme for professional education. The programme finances internships in the Netherlands for periods of three to twelve months. Only students or graduates from educational institutions that take part in the programme and have a structural relationship with a company in the Netherlands are eligible for a Leonardo grant. Your institution sets the exact eligibility criteria and the amount of the grant. For more detailed information contact your own institution or visit: http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ leonardo/leonardo2/naweb_en.html.
More information about the European programmes
You can obtain more information about these European programmes from your own institution, from the EU information centre in your own country, or from Nuffic. For information about opportunities related to regular student grants and refunds for the double payment of tuition fees, students from EU member states can contact the Informatie Beheer Groep at +31 (0)50 599 77 55 or www.ib-groep.nl.
Revriryan Zulkifli (20), Indonesia
You can really focus on your study and your results
Bachelor of Information Technology, Fontys University of Professional Education
Dutch people have shown me how to get by on my own in a foreign country. They are straightforward people, and really honest about the situation. If they don’t like your work, they will say so. This direct attitude is part of the culture in Holland. I think it’s very important, because it allows me to learn new cultures or customs, and these are valuable for me to move forward. I like a lot of things about Holland, for example, I like the study facilities, I like the environment, I like the people, I like the public transport, and I like the culture. Holland is a developed, calm country, where the educational system is settled. So thanks to this stability, you can really focus on your study and your results. I think it is important to remember to make a success of your study here in Holland. Make sure the “investment” of the people who put their trust in you doesn’t go to waste. This must be your first objective when you go and study abroad. And you should endeavour try to make yourself useful to society afterwards. A last piece of advice: before your departure from your home country to Holland, take all the documents with you, such as passport, birth certificate, diploma transcript, letter of acceptance, and so on. Administrative problems can cost you a lot, financially and emotionally.