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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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    (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
    Hello Alice,

    I hope I can help you with your questions about studying in the Netherlands...

    - The motivational letter is slightly different to the personal statement you would write in the UK. It is more personal to the institution you are applying to. For example why do you want to study at this university, why this subject at this university, what motivates you to study this particular subject. Is there any part of the curriculum you can highlight which motivates you to study it? The university will be looking to offer a place to students who are genuinely motivated to study their specific programme and stick it out.
    - Applications are open from the 1st October I believe (well that is the case for the University of Groningen) there may be a few days difference for other universities. You can start your application now by creating an account on Studielink.
    - Your BSN number will be attained when you arrive in the city. Your university will arrange an international welcome and will set you up with appointments with the city council and banks to get you ready for your stay.
    - Student Finance in the Netherlands is done through a company called DUO
    - Transitioning to the Netherlands doesn't appear to be too challenging for international students. The Dutch have a very welcoming nature and are very helpful. They also love to speak English so if you need assistance you won't feel completely alien.

    Good luck with your application and if you have any more questions I'd be happy to help!
 
 
 
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