University City Amsterdam – A Major Hub For Foreign Students

University education in the Netherlands can be affordable to somewhat expensive depending upon where you come from and the course you opt for.

Here’s some information: Irrespective of whether you are from an EU country or otherwise, the preparatory course itself would cost you between 6,000 to 12,000 Euros. If you’re from an EU country the Bachelors programme would cost you around 2,000 Euros and otherwise between 6,000 to 10,000. For an EU student the Master’s programme would cost the same as the Bachelor’s programme and for non EU students, between 7,000 to 20,000 Euros.
The ministry of education is also currently contemplating compulsory Dutch lessons for foreign students. This information shall be clearer in about a month when the decision is finally taken.

All in all, the Netherlands attracts a fairly large number of foreign students. In fact, about 11 percent of the university students in the Netherlands are from other countries. And with good reason. The uppermost being the quality of education and an entirely cosmopolitan environment where foreigners fit in easily. The Dutch are known for their live and let live approach and a vast percentage of them speak English.

Facts about Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a major hub for foreign students. The city which is most known for its canals, museums and the redlight district is also thronging with tourists all year round.

There are over 50 museums in Amsterdam and almost all of them worth visiting. What is also well known is that it is a city about a metre below sea level and is built on poles. Yes, poles. Each house and building is built on poles and the train station is built on 9,000 poles and the city itself, it is said, is built on over 11 million poles.

The architecture is spectacular and a walk around any of the canals and the Amstel river is a treat in itself.

A vast population uses bicycles for commuting and the cyclist’s paths are the best in the world.

Bicycle is an integral part of everyday life in Amsterdam

Aside from the cafes and other haunts where students meet, you have the floating flower market, the cat boat called the Poezenboot, churches, cathedrals, more than 100 kilometres of canals, more than a 1000 bridges, 90 small islands, thousands of monumental buildings, parks and windmills.

To think Amsterdam used to be a small fishing village in the 13th century.

The public transport is one of the best in the world and those choosing not to use bicycles find it most convenient.

University of Amsterdam

As always, we would request you to check out the website of the university to find the courses most suited to you.

Cost of Living

Apart from your tuition fees you must budget for a minimum of 900 Euros per month towards your shared accommodation and living expenses.

There’s a bit of good news for those who wish to earn and learn. International students are now allowed to work 16 hours a week from the previous 10 hours. The minimum wages are 10 Euros an hour and you do not pay income tax if your earnings are below 6475 Euros per year.

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