Inspiring and relaxed – these are qualities that perfectly describe the Netherlands. At the same time, there is much more to say about the country. The Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world (Global Peace Index 2021), we are 2nd on the list of happiest countries in the world (OECD Better Life Index), and the Dutch have the best English proficiency in Europe (English Proficiency Index) making the Netherlands a perfect study destination!
Visionary architecture, cutting edge design, street markets selling rainbows of fresh flowers, haring (raw herring), stroopwafels (caramel-syrup-filled waffles), cheese, and borrel (‘drinks’) at canal-side cafés are just some of the reasons to love the Netherlands. Living in Holland means you can enjoy the culture of historical cities like Leiden, Amsterdam and Delft, while also experiencing bustling, modern and international cities like Rotterdam and The Hague. Did you know that Holland has the largest museum density in the world? For instance, visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam or the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The humble bicycle is one of the favourite means of transportation in the country. A bike will most likely be among your first purchases in the Netherlands and there are over 15,000 kilometers of bicycle paths for you to discover once you get going!
The Dutch education system is interactive, student-centred and focused on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other students. Studying in Holland means developing an open mind and increasing your international orientation. The teaching method at Dutch higher education institutions is founded on respect for each individual’s opinions and convictions. This respect is a national virtue that characterises Holland’s diverse and pluralistic society. The method aims to provide students with both the attention and freedom they need to develop their own opinions and creativity in applying new knowledge.
Population: 17 million
100,000+ international students
The Netherlands is home to over 200 nationalities
Headquarters of Heineken, Shell, Philips, as well as many high-tech, legal, financial and international organisations
The cradle of ‘Dutch Design’, featuring consumer articles, fashion, architecture and new media
The birthplace of painters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Vincent van Gogh as well as modern photographers Anton Corbijn and Erwin Olaf
A cultural hub, with nearly 1,000 top-class museums such as the Rijksmusuem and European museum of the year (2019) Boerhaave Museum (Leiden) and a wealth of festivals and concerts by world-famous musicians like (Leiden alumnus) Armin van Buuren and Martin Garrix
A lively academic and professional landscape including many symposia and debates
Home to star soccer players Ruud Gullit, Johan Cruyff, actresses Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Famke Janssen (X-Men) as well as the creators of The Voice, Big Brother, Survivor and other popular TV shows
Windmills, canals, cheese markets, beautiful North Sea beaches and of course, endless fields of gorgeous tulips from March until May!
The quality of Dutch institutions is well recognised. In addition, the tuition fees and cost of living are considerably lower than in other English-speaking countries. The Netherlands is an affordable destination.
The Netherlands is the gateway to Europe. Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels are all within a few hours of Leiden University and add an additional international aspect to your educational experience. Did someone say road trip?