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Posted on November 25 2019

Why study abroad in the Netherlands in 2020?

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023
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As per the Embassy of India in The Hague, the Netherlands has the “second largest population of people of Indian origin” anywhere in Europe (next only to UK). The Netherlands is home to about 220,000 Indian and Surinami Hindustani Diaspora.

While there are many Indian-origin migrants in the Netherlands that are successfully and happily working as well as living in the country, there are many from India that go to Netherlands with the aim of study overseas instead.

Why study overseas in the Netherlands?

There are many reasons for studying abroad in the Netherlands. As a student, when you decide that you want to study abroad, generally the first considerations to spring to your mind would be the costs involved and the courses offered.


The Netherlands is quite affordable when compared to other study abroad destinations such as the U.S. and the U.K.

In the Netherlands, higher education is subsidized by the government, leading to the tuition fees being quite low.

Many degrees taught in English

2,000+ English-taught courses and study programs are available in the Netherlands to choose from. This encompass a wide range of fields – diploma, certificate, PhD, undergraduate, or postgraduate.

Low living expenses

Living expenses in the Netherlands are lower when compared to various other locations in Western Europe.

Internationally recognized degrees

The Netherlands is an established name in the realm of world-class education. Diplomas and degrees from a Dutch university are globally recognized.

Welcoming attitude of the locals

The Dutch are known for being forthright and friendly. Any attempt, no matter how small, at integrating into their culture will be greatly appreciated. Some basic knowledge of Dutch will also go a long way.

Which of the Dutch universities are in the QS World University Rankings 2020?

As per the QS World University Rankings 2020, the Netherlands has the following in the Global Top 500 –

Global Rank Name of University
50 Delft University of Technology
64 University of Amsterdam
102 Eindhoven University of Technology
114 University of Groningen
118 Leiden University
120 Utrecht University
125 Wageningen University
183 Erasmus University Rotterdam
186 University of Twente
217 Radboud University Nijmegen
219 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
239 Maastricht University
412 Tilburg University

According to Nuffic, a knowledge centre and public service provider, “In our globalising world, internationalisation is of growing importance for the entire education spectrum”.

As per Nuffic, India was the country of origin of 2,648 students that were among the international degree students in the Netherlands in 2018-19.

Incidentally, Germany sent the most students – 22,584 – to the Netherlands in 2017-18.

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