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    I am going to apply to go to Leiden University next year to study Dutch Studies.

    I am unsure of what to write in my motivational letter to apply for this course.

    I also have more questions about applying to the Netherlands Universities as an English A level student.

    My questions:
    - what do you write on your motivational letter?
    - what are the main differences between motivational letters and personal statements in the UK?
    - when do you start your application?
    - when did you get you BSN number?
    - where to go for student financing?
    - is the entire transition to the Netherlands difficult?

    Any response is very much appreciated!
    Thanks
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    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

    I'm going to quote in Tank Girl now so she can move your thread to the right place if it's needed. :yy:

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    I'm afraid the PS advisors on TSR aren't familiar with the systems for applying outside of the UK... There is this forum about studying in the Netherlands where you might get more help: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=800
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    (Original post by AliceGains)
    I am going to apply to go to Leiden University next year to study Dutch Studies.

    I am unsure of what to write in my motivational letter to apply for this course.

    I also have more questions about applying to the Netherlands Universities as an English A level student.

    My questions:
    - what do you write on your motivational letter?
    - what are the main differences between motivational letters and personal statements in the UK?
    - when do you start your application?
    - when did you get you BSN number?
    - where to go for student financing?
    - is the entire transition to the Netherlands difficult?

    Any response is very much appreciated!
    Thanks
    Hi, I'm Dutch so I'll try and help. First of all, Leiden university is a great choice as it's considered one of the best 3 universities in the Netherlands. Second, in your letter you should try and explain what attracts you about your course, what you like about the Dutch language, what sparked your interest in wanting to study it at uni. I think motivational letters tend to be more personal. Also try and explain why you decided to study Dutch in NL instead of in the UK, what attracts you of the country etc. What do you wish to accompish with this degree ( future job etc.). Applications usually are sent in Feb-March, but check the specific dates with Leiden. You get your BSN number when you reach the Netherlands as you have to formally register as a citizen of the country, and then they'll give you this number with which you can then open bank accounts, get medical insurance, etc. DUO is the student financing company in NL. Students apply through Studielink to study at university in NL, it's like the UCAS system in the UK. Here's the link to studielink: https://app.studielink.nl/front-office/

    I don't think the transition to NL is hard, since you're from the UK then it'll be quite similar I think. Dutch people tend to be a bit serious sometimes but I'm sure you'll enjoy student life there, especially in Leiden. If you have any questions I'll be happy to try and help you
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    (Original post by AliceGains)
    I am going to apply to go to Leiden University next year to study Dutch Studies.

    I am unsure of what to write in my motivational letter to apply for this course.

    I also have more questions about applying to the Netherlands Universities as an English A level student.

    My questions:
    - what do you write on your motivational letter?
    - what are the main differences between motivational letters and personal statements in the UK?
    - when do you start your application?
    - when did you get you BSN number?
    - where to go for student financing?
    - is the entire transition to the Netherlands difficult?

    Any response is very much appreciated!
    Thanks
    Hi Alice, I am a current Leiden University student, and I am happy to answer any of your questions. The other posters have covered it well, but if you need any more info you can message me!

    Toby
 
 
 
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