The Netherlands

The Netherlands
Studies in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the countries preferred by the Romanian students and occupies a leading place in Europe in terms of quality of university and postgraduate education. At the same time, the Netherlands offers the most varied range of bachelor's and master's courses in English, with 95% of Dutch speaking fluent English. From year to year the universities of the Netherlands add new degree programs, more and more innovative programs, also emphasizing the development as "ECO" of the company.

The universities of The Netherlands are of two types:

  • Research universities.
  • Universities of applied sciences.

At theoretical universities, scientific research is part of every student's program. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical fields, such as mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry and their applications in everyday life. The skills of those who finish such a university are highly appreciated by employers because it offers graduates greater adaptability in the labor market. The university studies have a duration of 3 years and those of a master's degree of 2 years.

The Universities of Applied Sciences have a practical orientation, emphasizing the professional training of students in different fields, such as business, IT, arts etc. The program of university studies has a duration of 4 years, including one year of practice. After graduation, students easily find a job, already having experience in the chosen field.


Study fees

Study fees in The Netherlands:

  • € 1.041 / year for those entering for the first time in year 1 and € 2,083 / year for the bachelor's (all universities) and master's (research only) programs
  • 12,000 - 21,000 € / master's degree program (universities of applied sciences.


Financing methods

In the Netherlands, the government can help students from the European Union with several types of loans:

Option 1: Tuition fee loan
All EEA-students are eligible to receive a tuition fee loan which has the amount of the yearly tuition fee (± €2000). For obtaining this loan there are no special requirements; the student can apply for this loan upon arrival in the Netherlands. For this loan the student does NOT need to have a legal job of 56 hours per month. For the forms go to

Option 2: Study loan
All EEA-students are eligible to apply for a Study loan; this is a monthly amount of money the student can borrow from the Dutch government (maximum is around €900 per month). Main requirements to obtain this loan is that the student has a legal job of at least 56 hours a month and that the student has started an official bachelor or master program. The interest rate on this loan will never exceed the level of 4%. Currently the interest rate is 0%. Mind that the complete loan should be paid back within 35 years after graduation. For more information visit the website of

Option 3: Study grant
A student who has applied for Option 2 can also apply for an extra Study grant. This grant is currently ± €300 per month and does not need to be paid back provided the student will graduate within 10 years. As the grant is linked to the Study loan (option 2) the student also needs to have a legal job of at least 56 hours per month. Another requirement is that the yearly income of the student’s parents (both salaries altogether) is not more than €30.000 – €40.000(this might change)! For more information visit the website of

Option 4: OV-chipkaart: card a student may obtain for using the public transport for free. A student who has obtained option 2 and 3 can also apply fort he OV-card Main requirements: students needs to work for at least 56 hour per month, student’s age is below 30 and the student needs to graduate within 10 years (otherwise you need to pay back the travel costs you have made). 
Mind that for all loans/grant/OV-chipkaart the student needs to apply each consequent academic year.


Important Note: For all financing options during the studies, the student must apply again at the end of the academic year.

For more details on financing methods in the Netherlands, please contact an IntegralEdu consultant.



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