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    Hi :wavey: Planning on applying to Dutch Universities?

    This is the place for you to ask questions and socialise in general

    Some questions to start with :

    Which universities are you applying to in the Netherlands?

    What course(s) are you applying for?

    What are your predicted grades/achieved grades and in which subjects?

    Why are you applying to Dutch universities?

    Other university choices in other countries?

    Helpful guide to British Applicants from MrsSheldonCooper: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4571968
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    Hi everyone! I'm Dutch, so if you have any questions about unis/student life/whatever in the Netherlands you can just ask me . In case I get rejected by the UK unis I'm applying too, I'll be studying psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam.
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    Why would you choose the UK when Dutch universities are higher ranked internationally and cheaper?
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    (Original post by Breward)
    Why would you choose the UK when Dutch universities are higher ranked internationally and cheaper?
    I really want to study abroad, and really like the concept of UK unis where you live in halls and stuff. Dutch unis don't come with an experience at all; housing is so expensive that about 80% of students live at home and there's barely any clubs/societies. I want to do Neuroscience, which is a degree that doesn't really exist in the Netherlands. Closest would be psychobiology, which can only be studied in Amsterdam and Amsterdam is way too expensive to live, so I'd probably end up in some dodgy neighbourhood lol.
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    Hello everyone. Im from pakistan and was considering universities in Netherland since they're cheaper than UK even for International students.

    I would like to ask basic questions.

    1) Should i go with Research universities ( where the undergrad is of 3 years ) or the Applied sciences universities ( 4 years undergrad ) ?

    I am really confused among them but doing my own research i was more interested with Research universities since they are also in the QS ranking. ( Universities such as ' Delft university of technology , university of Amsterdam and uni of twenteu etc '
    Furthermore , i would appreciate if some of the students who's currently studying there could guide me with accommodation expenses as well ? Considering these accommodation charges as well , which of the universities might be better for me to select.


    For example , 3 years back my elder brother had the option to go for either University of Manchester and Kings college london but he decided to go for Manchester since it was cheaper with accommodations as well.

    Kindly tell me , If there's any other thing which any student think i should be knowing before entering the university can mention here . I would really appreciate if someone could help me with all of my questions.

    PS . I've previously passed 11 GCSE subjects and currently taking 4 Alevels.
    The course i'm applying for is ' Computer science '
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    Hello, I am applying for business administration in University of Amsterdam. I was wondering would an international student be able to have a part-time job? Because I hear that it is pretty expensive to stay in Amsterdam also would it be better to get a bike? cause i know a lot of people cycle in Netherlands but some people say that it is "unsafe" to cycle around? I'm not sure haha
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by juls320)
    Hello, I am applying for business administration in University of Amsterdam. I was wondering would an international student be able to have a part-time job? Because I hear that it is pretty expensive to stay in Amsterdam also would it be better to get a bike? cause i know a lot of people cycle in Netherlands but some people say that it is "unsafe" to cycle around? I'm not sure haha
    Thank you!
    Amsterdam is definitely expensive, so getting a job might be a good plan. I think there's plenty of part-time jobs around, also if you don't speak Dutch, since Amsterdam is full of tourists and the Dutch speak English very well in general .
    Getting a bike is a really good idea! The country has more bikes than people, literally everyone has one and it's easy to get around with quickly. Buses often get stuck in traffic, therefore you might be better of cycling to uni. Cycling is not unsafe at all, at least compared to other countries. There's many designated cycle lanes around and stuff .
    Oh and btw, if I were you I'd try finding accommodation asap. In general it's very very very hard finding accommodation in Amsterdam. Many people end up living like 30 minutes from the uni in a small flat in some disadvantaged neighbourhood. But maybe UvA has some scheme to help international students find housing, idk honestly!
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    (Original post by Husnain Ali Abid)
    Hello everyone. Im from pakistan and was considering universities in Netherland since they're cheaper than UK even for International students.

    I would like to ask basic questions.

    1) Should i go with Research universities ( where the undergrad is of 3 years ) or the Applied sciences universities ( 4 years undergrad ) ?

    I am really confused among them but doing my own research i was more interested with Research universities since they are also in the QS ranking. ( Universities such as ' Delft university of technology , university of Amsterdam and uni of twenteu etc '
    Furthermore , i would appreciate if some of the students who's currently studying there could guide me with accommodation expenses as well ? Considering these accommodation charges as well , which of the universities might be better for me to select.


    For example , 3 years back my elder brother had the option to go for either University of Manchester and Kings college london but he decided to go for Manchester since it was cheaper with accommodations as well.

    Kindly tell me , If there's any other thing which any student think i should be knowing before entering the university can mention here . I would really appreciate if someone could help me with all of my questions.

    PS . I've previously passed 11 GCSE subjects and currently taking 4 Alevels.
    The course i'm applying for is ' Computer science '
    Hi!

    About the research vs applied sciences universities: go to a research university!
    Applied sciences universities are generally not considered universities, if that makes sense. They're named hoger beroepsonderwijs - literally higher vocational education. The type of tertiary education you go to in the Netherlands depends on what type of high school you've done - about 50% of people can go to an applied sciences university, only about 20% of people can go to a research universities. This makes research universities more reputable, because they're more difficult and have more intelligent/hard-working students.

    The research universities undergrad degrees are indeed 3 years, but almost everyone in the Netherlands does a master's degree after their bachelor's, which is usually 1 or 2 years. Without a master's degree you don't really stand a chance on the Dutch job market, but if you don't plan on living here after uni you might as well get a bachelor's only.

    I'm not in uni yet but here's a useful table:


    On the left is the name of the city, in the middle is the average rent in euros per month, and on the right is how easy it is to find a room (on a scale of 1 (difficult) to 10 (easy)).
    Do also note that these are all cities that have either a research or an applied sciences university. If you want to attend a research university, then the cheapest places are Enschede en Wageningen, however I've heard that Nijmegen (Radboud University) is a very good place for computer science!

    Something else that's important to remember is that universities usually don't offer students accommodation like they do in the UK - most accommodation is independent and students should arrange it for themselves. Therefore it's important you don't wait too long to start finding a flat, as this can be difficult.

    I hope this has been useful to you, and if you have any more questions you can always ask
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    Hi!

    About the research vs applied sciences universities: go to a research university!
    Applied sciences universities are generally not considered universities, if that makes sense. They're named hoger beroepsonderwijs - literally higher vocational education. The type of tertiary education you go to in the Netherlands depends on what type of high school you've done - about 50% of people can go to an applied sciences university, only about 20% of people can go to a research universities. This makes research universities more reputable, because they're more difficult and have more intelligent/hard-working students.

    The research universities undergrad degrees are indeed 3 years, but almost everyone in the Netherlands does a master's degree after their bachelor's, which is usually 1 or 2 years. Without a master's degree you don't really stand a chance on the Dutch job market, but if you don't plan on living here after uni you might as well get a bachelor's only.

    I'm not in uni yet but here's a useful table:


    On the left is the name of the city, in the middle is the average rent in euros per month, and on the right is how easy it is to find a room (on a scale of 1 (difficult) to 10 (easy)).
    Do also note that these are all cities that have either a research or an applied sciences university. If you want to attend a research university, then the cheapest places are Enschede en Wageningen, however I've heard that Nijmegen (Radboud University) is a very good place for computer science!

    Something else that's important to remember is that universities usually don't offer students accommodation like they do in the UK - most accommodation is independent and students should arrange it for themselves. Therefore it's important you don't wait too long to start finding a flat, as this can be difficult.

    I hope this has been useful to you, and if you have any more questions you can always ask
    Thank you for replying.

    I was confused between Research and applied sciences universities since i read it somewhere that applied sciences graduates get an easy job comparing it with Research ones. But being honest , im myself more interested for Research ones since they're also in QS ranking . While i could not found even a single applied science university in the rankings.
    ( https://www.reddit.com/r/thenetherla...university_of/ I was confused after reading this article , hope i make some sense )

    Further more i needed to ask you about the reputation of the following universities since i've got conditional letter from ' university of twente ' ( it's at 179th- world ranking ) and have submitted my documents to the university of Groningen .

    I still can add 2 more universities in my studielink since it only allows us to add 4 universities ( if im not wrong ) while UCAS allows us to add 5.

    like you , I'm also applying for the universities in UK but i was considering these netherlands university since they're well reputed plus cheaper too for me being an international student..
    Normally the tuition fee at netherlands university is around 11,000 Euros per year while its £ 19000+ for british universities. :/ I wanted to ask an other thing , if you were at my place , which option you might have selected considering these international tuition fee ?

    Plus i did note your point regarding accommodations, once i'm fully enrolled i'll start working at them too taking your suggestion.




    Btw are you also in Alevels ?
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    Hi!

    About the research vs applied sciences universities: go to a research university!
    Applied sciences universities are generally not considered universities, if that makes sense. They're named hoger beroepsonderwijs - literally higher vocational education. The type of tertiary education you go to in the Netherlands depends on what type of high school you've done - about 50% of people can go to an applied sciences university, only about 20% of people can go to a research universities. This makes research universities more reputable, because they're more difficult and have more intelligent/hard-working students.

    The research universities undergrad degrees are indeed 3 years, but almost everyone in the Netherlands does a master's degree after their bachelor's, which is usually 1 or 2 years. Without a master's degree you don't really stand a chance on the Dutch job market, but if you don't plan on living here after uni you might as well get a bachelor's only.

    I'm not in uni yet but here's a useful table:


    On the left is the name of the city, in the middle is the average rent in euros per month, and on the right is how easy it is to find a room (on a scale of 1 (difficult) to 10 (easy)).
    Do also note that these are all cities that have either a research or an applied sciences university. If you want to attend a research university, then the cheapest places are Enschede en Wageningen, however I've heard that Nijmegen (Radboud University) is a very good place for computer science!

    Something else that's important to remember is that universities usually don't offer students accommodation like they do in the UK - most accommodation is independent and students should arrange it for themselves. Therefore it's important you don't wait too long to start finding a flat, as this can be difficult.

    I hope this has been useful to you, and if you have any more questions you can always ask
    And Btw Rebound do not have computer science ?
    http://www.ru.nl/english/education/b...fee-2018-2019/
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    (Original post by Husnain Ali Abid)
    Thank you for replying.

    I was confused between Research and applied sciences universities since i read it somewhere that applied sciences graduates get an easy job comparing it with Research ones. But being honest , im myself more interested for Research ones since they're also in QS ranking . While i could not found even a single applied science university in the rankings.
    ( https://www.reddit.com/r/thenetherla...university_of/ I was confused after reading this article , hope i make some sense )

    Further more i needed to ask you about the reputation of the following universities since i've got conditional letter from ' university of twente ' ( it's at 179th- world ranking ) and have submitted my documents to the university of Groningen .

    I still can add 2 more universities in my studielink since it only allows us to add 4 universities ( if im not wrong ) while UCAS allows us to add 5.

    like you , I'm also applying for the universities in UK but i was considering these netherlands university since they're well reputed plus cheaper too for me being an international student..
    Normally the tuition fee at netherlands university is around 11,000 Euros per year while its £ 19000+ for british universities. :/ I wanted to ask an other thing , if you were at my place , which option you might have selected considering these international tuition fee ?

    Plus i did note your point regarding accommodations, once i'm fully enrolled i'll start working at them too taking your suggestion.




    Btw are you also in Alevels ?
    I think that in the the UK there's big differences between universities reputation and quality, but it's not like that in the Netherlands! All universities are around the same level and it does not matter at all where you've gone. Therefore I suggest you think about the size and locations of the universities instead of their places in rankings.
    University of Twente has about 10,000 students and is mostly focused on technology, whereas University of Groningen has about 30,000 students and offers all sorts of subjects. The cities are quite similar, Groningen being slightly bigger than Enschede (where uni of Twente is), and they're both in calm/rural areas. Here's some more universities that do computer science undegrad degrees in english:
    https://www.vu.nl/en/study-guide/201...ence/index.asp
    http://www.ru.nl/english/education/b...uting-science/
    https://www.tue.nl/en/university/dep...d-engineering/
    https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/...d-engineering/

    11,000 euros (= around 10,000 pounds) is much cheaper than 19,000 pounds, so if I were in your place I would choose a dutch university!

    I'm not in A-levels, I'm doing the Dutch VWO which is a type of secondary education required if you want to go to university. So it's similar to Alevels I think.
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    I think that in the the UK there's big differences between universities reputation and quality, but it's not like that in the Netherlands! All universities are around the same level and it does not matter at all where you've gone. Therefore I suggest you think about the size and locations of the universities instead of their places in rankings.
    University of Twente has about 10,000 students and is mostly focused on technology, whereas University of Groningen has about 30,000 students and offers all sorts of subjects. The cities are quite similar, Groningen being slightly bigger than Enschede (where uni of Twente is), and they're both in calm/rural areas. Here's some more universities that do computer science undegrad degrees in english:
    https://www.vu.nl/en/study-guide/201...ence/index.asp
    http://www.ru.nl/english/education/b...uting-science/
    https://www.tue.nl/en/university/dep...d-engineering/
    https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/...d-engineering/

    11,000 euros (= around 10,000 pounds) is much cheaper than 19,000 pounds, so if I were in your place I would choose a dutch university!

    I'm not in A-levels, I'm doing the Dutch VWO which is a type of secondary education required if you want to go to university. So it's similar to Alevels I think.
    Thank you for replying . I really appreciate it.
    Ill try looking into their fee too
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    I think that in the the UK there's big differences between universities reputation and quality, but it's not like that in the Netherlands! All universities are around the same level and it does not matter at all where you've gone. Therefore I suggest you think about the size and locations of the universities instead of their places in rankings.
    University of Twente has about 10,000 students and is mostly focused on technology, whereas University of Groningen has about 30,000 students and offers all sorts of subjects. The cities are quite similar, Groningen being slightly bigger than Enschede (where uni of Twente is), and they're both in calm/rural areas. Here's some more universities that do computer science undegrad degrees in english:
    https://www.vu.nl/en/study-guide/201...ence/index.asp
    http://www.ru.nl/english/education/b...uting-science/
    https://www.tue.nl/en/university/dep...d-engineering/
    https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/...d-engineering/

    11,000 euros (= around 10,000 pounds) is much cheaper than 19,000 pounds, so if I were in your place I would choose a dutch university!

    I'm not in A-levels, I'm doing the Dutch VWO which is a type of secondary education required if you want to go to university. So it's similar to Alevels I think.
    Bro i've heard accommodation is really expensive in Amsterdam ? if that's the case , then which cities you would recommend me for the universities ? And the one where universities are good too.

    I can't really rely on google since everything there is not always correct. Since i've found someone from netherlands so i feel it's better if i take your help directly
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    (Original post by Husnain Ali Abid)
    Bro i've heard accommodation is really expensive in Amsterdam ? if that's the case , then which cities you would recommend me for the universities ? And the one where universities are good too.

    I can't really rely on google since everything there is not always correct. Since i've found someone from netherlands so i feel it's better if i take your help directly
    Accommodation is really expensive and really hard to find in Amsterdam indeed! I think better cities would be Groningen, Enschede, Delft and Nijmegen, these cities are cheaper when it comes to accommodation
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    Accommodation is really expensive and really hard to find in Amsterdam indeed! I think better cities would be Groningen, Enschede, Delft and Nijmegen, these cities are cheaper when it comes to accommodation
    Hey again .

    After my deep searching , these are the top universities in Netherlands and their tuition fee for International students per year. Looking into the fee and University names and their location , which of the 4 universities would you recommend me ?

    54)Delft University of Technology -- Fee 10,111 €
    58)University of Amsterdam -- Fee 9250 € ( Computer science not available but actuarial science fee is 9250 €) Plus 100 € APPLICATION CHARGES
    104)Eindhoven University of Technology - Fee 11,000 € plus 100€ APPLICATION FEE
    =109)Utrecht University - Fee 12,134 €
    =109)Leiden University - Fee 14500 €
    113)University of Groningen - 10,800 €
    124)Wageningen University -17600€
    147)Erasmus University Rotterdam 9000€ but Computer science is not available
    179)University of Twente 8875€
    200)Maastricht University: Computer science not available
    204)Radboud University 9879 €
    218) Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 12,200 €
    357)Tilburg University 8500 € No Computer science course

    PS . No behind each university are their rankings in QS RANKING.
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    (Original post by Husnain Ali Abid)
    Hey again .

    After my deep searching , these are the top universities in Netherlands and their tuition fee for International students per year. Looking into the fee and University names and their location , which of the 4 universities would you recommend me ?

    54)Delft University of Technology -- Fee 10,111 €
    58)University of Amsterdam -- Fee 9250 € ( Computer science not available but actuarial science fee is 9250 €) Plus 100 € APPLICATION CHARGES
    104)Eindhoven University of Technology - Fee 11,000 € plus 100€ APPLICATION FEE
    =109)Utrecht University - Fee 12,134 €
    =109)Leiden University - Fee 14500 €
    113)University of Groningen - 10,800 €
    124)Wageningen University -17600€
    147)Erasmus University Rotterdam 9000€ but Computer science is not available
    179)University of Twente 8875€
    200)Maastricht University: Computer science not available
    204)Radboud University 9879 €
    218) Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 12,200 €
    357)Tilburg University 8500 € No Computer science course

    PS . No behind each university are their rankings in QS RANKING.
    Hi! I would recommend you the following 4:
    - Delft University of Technology
    - Eindhoven University of Technology
    - University of Groningen
    - University of Twente

    These universities all have good computer science courses, aren't too expensive and do well in the rankings. Especially the universities of technology are specified in technology related degrees and they are small and international, which I think is nice for you.
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    (Original post by hysterria)
    Hi! I would recommend you the following 4:
    - Delft University of Technology
    - Eindhoven University of Technology
    - University of Groningen
    - University of Twente

    These universities all have good computer science courses, aren't too expensive and do well in the rankings. Especially the universities of technology are specified in technology related degrees and they are small and international, which I think is nice for you.
    Getting Bachelors degree from any of these universities and afterwords doing masters , can i get really a good job in Netherlands ? ( with good percentage at university too ) ..?
    I don't really know dutch or can speak their language but i've a good command over English language since i've been in International college from the start where all of the education has been in English ...
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    (Original post by Husnain Ali Abid)
    Getting Bachelors degree from any of these universities and afterwords doing masters , can i get really a good job in Netherlands ? ( with good percentage at university too ) ..?
    I don't really know dutch or can speak their language but i've a good command over English language since i've been in International college from the start where all of the education has been in English ...
    The Netherlands does not have enough computer scientists, so anyone who studies this degree can easily get a job. Research has shown that the average time it takes to find a job with a computer science master's degree is 4 months and computer science is in the top 10 degrees with highest salaries.
    Dutch is a really easy language especially if you already speak English so I'm sure you'll be able to learn it, and even if you don't there's many international companies where you can work if you speak English.
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    Hi, I'm seriously considering applying to the University of Amsterdam for Politics and IR!

    What are the A-level grade requirements because according to the website it states CCC but this seems highly dubious considering its a world top 30 ranked university and them grades are substantially lower than what UK universities would offer.

    Additionally whats the application process like and when is the deadline?
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    (Original post by connormc199)
    Hi, I'm seriously considering applying to the University of Amsterdam for Politics and IR!

    What are the A-level grade requirements because according to the website it states CCC but this seems highly dubious considering its a world top 30 ranked university and them grades are substantially lower than what UK universities would offer.

    Additionally whats the application process like and when is the deadline?
    Hi!

    Entry requirements aren't a huge thing in the Netherlands. They set the bar for application really low, so that they can get many applications and then choose the most suitable applicants (most often through an entrance test or interview). Of course they would still favour someone who's gotten AAA over someone who's gotten CCC.

    You have to apply through studielink: https://app.studielink.nl/front-office/#52
    And here's a brief overview of how the application works:
    http://info.studielink.nl/redactie/D...t%20DigiD).pdf

    The deadline is May 1st for degrees that don't do selection and January 15th for degrees that do. (This might be referred to as "numerus fixus" on university websites, it means there's a limit amount of places available and people are gonna have to be rejected. I don't know whether your degree has numerus fixus but it probably does as most politics-related UvA degrees do, but you should look into it)
 
 
 
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