I recently read an article in the Weekend section of the Telegraph, so thought I would sum up some of the main points for you. I am currently studying at University College Roosevelt in The Netherlands and loving it!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
There are so many universities and courses to choose from, that it can become one of the biggest decisions that you are likely to make. One more option has recently popped into the arena though, and this seemingly has rather a lot of benefits. Helena Pozniak, a freelance journalist, advises that you can ‘broaden cultural horizons while remaining within an hour or two’s flying time of the UK’. According to The Daily telegraph, the number of UK students going to The Netherlands doubled last year, and currently just over 1,000 British students are currently studying there (compared with 20,000 German students). Most undergraduates can benefit from roughly 200 English-taught degrees in The Netherlands, and it usually costs around £1,500 a year.
The most popular Dutch universities for English students are:
- Maastricht University (298 British students were studying there last year) – known for law.
- University of Amsterdam
- Leiden University
- Utrecht University
- University of Groningen – known for degrees with an international aspect, e.g. law and business.
- Delft University of Technology – known for it’s aeronautical engineering programmes.
Mark Huntington, founder of a careers advisory service A Star Future and studyinholland.co.uk, recommends that if you’re an Oxbridge-level student, then go to Oxbridge, but if you’re looking at Russell Group Universities then ‘a reputable Dutch university is a good alternative’. 12 Dutch Universities are featured in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and Leiden was ranked the highest at 64.
A degree from any EU university holds the same credit across the world, though Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, believes that ’employers might see studying abroad as a big plus’ with ‘independent living, a broadening of horizons, a global mindset, and maybe good language skills’. The entry requirements also tend to be much lower than British universities, and in Delft I believe you only need 3 Cs at A-level.
Another option in Holland is the smaller University Colleges, which are very popular with international students. The whole University College is entirely in English, including all of the courses. These University Colleges are linked to larger research universities, so for example – University College Utrecht and University College Roosevelt (in Middelburg) is linked to Utrecht University.
To study in The Netherlands it will cost you around £4,500 for the 4 years, as compared with £27,000 for the British equivalent. Although you cannot get a UK student loan, students can borrow the full amount of money from the Dutch government. You must begin to pay this back after 2 years of graduation, and it must be completed within 15 years. EU students can also apply for a rent allowance (for me (I’m studying at University College Roosevelt) rent costs €380, and I get €62 of rent allowance each month). We can also get a travel card (OV-Chipkaart) which gives us free travel either in the week days or weekend, and a discount. Students who work at least 32 hours a week for 12 months a year (includes holiday work) can qualify for a grant which gives you at least £227 a month.
So spread the word for this extra option, and if you’re still not convinced, here are 100 reasons to study abroad!