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Dutch Education System: Pros & Cons of Studying in the Netherlands

If you’re considering study abroad destinations, it might be of great interest for you to know that the Netherlands is fast emerging as a popular spot for international studies and has started to stand out in terms of educational opportunities and quality of higher education that gets imparted within this country.

The objective of writing this post is to throw a light on both the plus-sides as well as the downsides of studying in the Netherlands:

Advantages of Studying in the Netherlands

Bright Future Career

The Dutch education system is known to be among the best system of education in the world with its universities competing with top-ranked UK and U.S. universities. This country boasts of high-quality education and promises a bright future with rewarding career opportunities. A degree from the Dutch university is recognized and valued all over the world. It will not only make it easier for you to find a job but also make your career progression fast.


There are vast numbers of scholarships offered by universities in the Netherlands that can help you manage your expenses. There are high costs associated with study abroad journey and scholarships are definitely the best way to cover these high costs. Given below are a few scholarships that you may apply as an international student:

There are several private companies working in collaboration with universities in the Netherlands that also award scholarships. The chances of getting a scholarship are obviously dependent on a number of factors and not every student get awarded with a scholarship.

No Language Barrier

There is a common misconception that a majority of people in the Netherlands don’t know English language. The truth, however, is that more than three-quarters of the population in the country claims to be proficient in the English language. By knowing that English is not a problem in the Netherlands, life both inside and outside the university campus becomes easier. Furthermore, the language of instruction for Master and Ph.D. programme is mostly English.

Two Degrees for the Price of One

According to a state regulation, when you pay the statutory tuition fees at the time of your first enrolment in a degree program and decide to enroll yourself to a second degree at the same time, you will be exempted from paying the tuition fee for your second programme.

This, however, is applicable only when both the universities (same or different) are public. Additionally, you are allowed to choose as many elective courses as you want in most of the Dutch universities without having to pay an additional fee.

Disadvantages of Studying in the Netherlands

It’s not sunny there

Unfortunately, Netherlands is a country where you can’t really enjoy summers. This is because every other day of the year, there is a rainy and windy weather. Winters are pretty mild with not much snow to be enjoyed. Depending on what weather you are a summer or winter person, it can be a positive or negative factor.

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The Education System might just come as a shock

For students coming from a country with the traditional education system, the education system in the Netherlands might just come as a shock as the professors here have a completely different approach and attitude towards students and learning. There is a lot of emphasis on practical and research-based education.

Furthermore, you might just find the concept of a casual relationship between students and faculty in Dutch education system a new thing especially if you come from a society where a hierarchical model is followed and you are expected to keep a certain distance between you and your professors.

Having read both the pros and cons of Dutch education system, if you believe you can easily handle the cons of studying there, then there is no reason for you to give a second thought before enrolling yourself in a Dutch university.