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Multicultural and open society

Even as far back as the early 17th century, Holland was an advanced country, with much of its wealth coming from international trade. Today, international trade is still the main engine of economic growth. Dutch society is multicultural. Groups of people with non-Dutch backgrounds have been living in Holland for decades as a result of historical ties with other parts of the world. The majority of the Dutch people speak English and very often another foreign language, such as German or French.

International study environment

Holland was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English. The Dutch higher education institutions together offer about 1,150 international study programmes and courses which are taught entirely in English. This makes Holland the front-runner in continental Europe.

Quality and diversity in education and research

Higher education in Holland enjoys a worldwide reputation for its high quality. This is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. Holland has also received international acclaim for its ground-breaking Problem-Based Learning system, which trains students to analyze and solve practical problems independently through emphasis on self-study and self-discipline.

8 Study in Holland

Central spot in Europe

Once you arrive in Holland, you’ll discover that many European capitals are within easy reach. Brussels is two hours by train, and a short flight from Amsterdam will take you to Paris, Madrid or Berlin. The Dutch universities are an ideal starting point for study tours and exchanges with other European countries.

Value for money

Education in Holland is not free, but tuition fees are reasonable. The latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey shows that the cost of living in Amsterdam is modest compared with cities like New York, London, Paris and Beijing.

In this brochure, you will find many more reasons to study in Holland. But the best way is to come and experience it yourself!

Alan Guedes (26), Brasil

I was surprised by the objective role of the professors

Master of International Development Studies, International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam

In São Paulo, I finished a Bachelor in Business Administration, but I didn’t find real fulfilment in what I was doing. Questions about the harsh reality and poverty kept entering my mind, so I decided to work for NGOs in Brazil for social purposes. However, I lacked a theoretical background. A study that combines development, international and economic aspects is hard to find. I came to Amsterdam because of the very specific programme they offer here. My teacher in Brazil recommended the International School to me. The third argument to support my decision was the cost: education in Holland is affordable for EU students. For non-EU students it is more expensive. It is a one-year master’s programme, which includes three months of fieldwork. About half the students are Dutch, the others come from the US, Canada, Western Europe, with a minority from Latin America, Asia and Africa. I was surprised by the objective role of the professors here. They present all the possibilities and the different theories, but it’s up to you to reflect upon them and to think for yourself. Students can also be very open with their teachers, you can express your feelings and say what you mean. Critical thinking is really the most important capacity for a student, I believe. Living in Amsterdam is relaxed compared to life in a city like São Paulo. I always go places by bike, it’s the perfect way to travel. I even bought some spare bikes for visiting friends. This city offers you the best of both worlds. If you are a serious student, you get all the possibilities to study hard and you’ll find the quietness you need. For all the others, Amsterdam will mean a lot of fun!

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