Holland Student Visa

Holland Student Visa

Capital: Haarlem

Languages: Dutch, Frisian, English, Papiamento, Limburgish

Official Currency:Euro

Holland at Glance

The versatile and strong Dutch icons, such as tulips, wooden shoes, windmill and cheese decorates Holland. In addition, Holland is known for its cultural heritage from the Golden Age, such as Rembrandt, the VOC (United Dutch East-India Company), the canal houses, for its traditional locations, such as Volendam and the Zaanse Schans, and for its attractions, including Kinderdijk and Keukenhof. Holland Classics travelers mainly visit Holland as a part of a European tour, and the majority overnights in 3-star hotels.

Holland is a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands. The name Holland is also frequently used to informally refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. Today, the former County of Holland roughly consists of the two Dutch provinces of North Holland and South Holland, which together include the Netherlands’ three largest cities: the capital city of Amsterdam; Rotterdam, home of Europe’s largest port; and the seat of government of The Hague.

For more details please visit: Holland


Holland is at the crossroads where the German, British and French cultures meet. Low rolling hills cover some of the central area, and in the far south, the land rises into the foothills of the Ardennes Mountains, Vaalserberg, the country’s highest point is located there, rising to 322 m (1,053 ft). The country is situated in the west of Europe and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south and the North Sea to the north and west. From Holland, many European capitals are within easy reach. Brussels is two hours by train, and a short flight from Amsterdam will take you to London, Paris, Madrid or Berlin. Holland’s relatively small area of just over 41,000 square kilometers is home to more than 16 million people.

What you will notice first when you arrive in Holland is the landscape. The country is extremely flat. While there are some hilly areas in the southeast corner of the country, even in those regions you can see for miles around. The broad, unbroken expanse of sky that is characteristic of the Dutch landscape. Another distinct characteristic is that there is water everywhere, in the form of lakes, rivers and canals.

For detailed information please visit: Geography of Holland


Holland, with its long North Sea coast, has a typically moderate marine climate. The sea’s influence ensures that we are not too cold during winter, not too hot during summer, and there is always sufficient moisture in the air for a shower. So if you plan to visit Holland, it would be wise to keep this in mind. Put the right clothing in your suitcase so you are covered if there’s an afternoon rainfall and make sure you always have a critical opinion about the weather… Just like the Dutch do!

The Holland has a mild, maritime climate, similar to England; summers are generally warm with colder, rainy periods, and excessively hot weather is rare, but last year happened more and more often. Winters can be fairly cold, windy, with rain and some snow. The possibility of extreme cold is rare. Rain occurs throughout the whole year, spring being the driest season. The mild, damp climate is ideal for dairying and livestock raising, but the limited sunshine restricts the growing of food crops.

Reference: Climate of Holland


The Dutch see the family as the foundation of the social structure. Families tend to be small, often with only one or two children. Relatively few women work outside the house full-time as compared to many other cultures. This allows mothers to be more available to their children throughout the entire day. Traditionally the Holland’s’ two largest religions were Catholicism and Protestantism. As of 2003, 30% of the Dutch population still considers themselves to be Catholic and 20% view themselves as Protestant. 6% of the population follows the Muslim religion and 42% of the population claim to follow no religion.

The Dutch take punctuality for business meetings very seriously and expect that you will do likewise; call with an explanation if you are delayed. Lateness, missed appointments, postponements, changing the time of an appointment or a late delivery deteriorates trust and can ruin relationships. Exchange business cards during or after conversation. No set ritual exists. Business cards in English are acceptable. The Dutch society is egalitarian and modern. The people are modest, tolerant, independent, self-reliant, and entrepreneurial. They value education, hard work, ambition and ability. The Dutch have an aversion to the nonessential. Ostentatious behavior is to be avoided.

For further information, please visit Culture of Holland


Foods of the Holland may not be as well-known as French or Chinese cuisines but there are many Dutch delights which must be tried at least once. Here’s a list of 10 foods you should be sure to sample! This is Part I in our Dutch Foods series. Traditionally, Dutch supper consisted of boiled potatoes, vegetables and a meat selection. Indonesian influenced meals were also popular. Raw herring served with raw onion is extremely popular in the Netherlands. Herring and onion are sold everywhere by street vendors. Listed below are a few food related Dutch traditions.

Poffertjes – similar to mini pancakes doused with sprinkled sugar.
Hagelslag/Muisjes – chocolate sprinkles usually eaten on bread. When a new baby is born the mother will serve either pink or blue hageslag on pieces of rusk.
Nasi Goreng – Indonesian influenced rice dish. Bami, is another style but uses flat noodles instead of rice.
Boerenkool met worst – boiled potatoes mashed together with kale and a Dutch sausage that is simmered on the top while cooking.
Kroketten – rolled up leftover meat in a paste rolled in breadcrumbs and then fried. Very popular snack shops in the Netherlands sell them and you can get them in vending machines at the train stations.
Keropok – Is an import from Indonesia. It is basically a shrimp or fish flavored cracker.
For further information, please visit Cuisine of Holland

  • You receive high quality education for a competitive price
  • Holland is great in international business
  • We’re situated in the heart of Europe with easy access to surrounding countries
  • You can take Bachelor and Master programs taught completely in English
  • Recognized as a knowledge centre with rich study traditions and well-known universities.
  • It’s a safe environment for international students
  • Students become open minded specialists with a global outlook and an international orientation.
  • The tuition fees and other expenses for those who come to study in Holland are relatively low compared to other European countries.
  • Holland enjoys a multicultural society
  • Quality of life is high in the Netherlands
  • Holland invests heavily in innovation and the creative industries
  • The Dutch strive to be pioneers in many areas

For further detailed information please visit Study in Holland

The Dutch education system features many different types of school, each offering a curriculum geared to pupils’ needs. Secondary education paves the way for vocational or higher education. The higher education system aims to provide top-quality teaching and training at professional or academic level. Special education is provided to pupils with learning and behavioral difficulties.

Pre-school education

This is provided by day nurseries, playgroups and company childcare schemes. Parents, employers and the government are expected to contribute to childcare costs with parents’ contributions being income-dependent. There is no universal, free, state education in this age range and no formal curriculum. The focus is on play, stimulating children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

Primary education

Primary school is only compulsory from the age of 5. The national curriculum specifies core subjects:

  • Sensory co-ordination and physical exercise
  • Dutch
  • Arithmetic and mathematics
  • Expressive activities e.g. music
  • Social and life skills
  • Healthy living
  • Factual subjects including geography, history, science and social studies
  • English for at least the final two years

Schools have to offer religious education though students do not have to participate in it. There are also a number of cross-curricular objectives that schools are expected to include to improve children’s general skills. Furthermore, due to the great diversity of people living in Holland, it is expected that pupils will learn about the customs and origins of other peoples.

Secondary education

Secondary vocational education takes up to four years, depending on the level of training. Those who complete their training can start work or go on to another form of education. More than 700 vocational courses are provided in the Netherlands. Secondary vocational education (MBO) prepares students for a wide range of occupations, from franchise manager to mechanic or nursing assistant. Demand for skilled workers is expected to increase sharply on the Dutch job market in the future.

MBO courses are given at four different levels of training, each leading to a specific job qualification:

  • level 4: middle-management training;
  • level 3: professional training;
  • level 2: basic vocational training;
  • level 1: assistant training.

Pupils who have successfully completed the theoretical, combined or middle-management vocational program at VMBO level can enroll in professional and middle-management training (MBO levels 3 and 4). Holders of a level 4 MBO certificate may go on to higher professional education (HBO).

Higher education

Bachelors and master’s degrees

All HBO and university courses fall under the bachelor-master system. Bachelor’s degree programs are broader, while master’s degree programs lead to specialization in a chosen field. HBO bachelor’s degree programs take four years, university bachelor’s programs three. A master’s degree program takes up to two years, while master’s programs in engineering can last longer.

European Credit Transfer System

Students’ workload is determined using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), with one credit representing 28 hours of work. Students must attain at least 60 credits per year.

Higher professional education (HBO)

The 43 HBO institutions or universities of higher professional education, together offer 200 programs in a wide range of disciplines. They provide theoretical and practical training for occupations for which a higher vocational qualification is either required or useful. Graduates find employment in various fields, including middle and high-ranking jobs in trade and industry, social services, health care and the public sector.

Adult education

This is provided by regional training centers (ROCs) offering a range of adult and vocational training programs. The courses are open to people from the age of 16 and basic courses require no prior qualifications. The focus is to develop adults’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes in order to improve their participation in society. Some adult education courses result in qualifications including 3 levels of basic skills (KSE), 5 levels of Dutch as a second language (NT2) and the various levels of the adult general secondary education course (VAVO) which are equivalent to the VMBO, HAVO and VWO.

Reference: Education system of Holland


There are two admission intakes; one in September and one in February. They are also known as the autumn and winter intake. For each intake applications should reach at least five months before the classes start. The September intake is more popular among students and most institutions offer courses, which commence in September.

Entry Requirement

For Undergraduate

  • A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling.
  • IELTS requirement : 6.0 Bands. (Subject to change as per the prerequisite profile of the University/Institutions)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 for a paper-based test, 213 (computer based) or 90 for an internet-based test

For more details, please visit IELTS & TOEFL
For Postgraduate

  • A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university.
  • Any work experience in the field will be an advantage.
  • IELTS requirement : 6.5 Bands. (Subject to change as per the prerequisite profile of the University/Institutions)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 for a paper-based test, 213 (computer based) or minimum 90 for an internet-based test

For more details, please visit British Council IELTS and IDP British Council & TOEFL

Required Documents

  • Passport copy
  • Birth certificate
  • IELTS or TOEFLScore Sheet
  • Resume/CV
  • All academic and work experience documents
  • Two reference letters from college’s/employers.
  • Statement of Purpose

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holland student visa
Required Documents:

  • Original Passport
  • 2 recent photographs
  • Letter of acceptance educational institute
  • Appointment and Payment confirmation receipts
  • Proof of tuition fees payment for one year (payment must be done after getting the acceptance letter, transferring the fee to the bank account of University)
  • Proof of sufficient means of support for entire period specified in the visa (approximately 8,000 Euros/year)
  • Criminal record certificate or another document of the same legal value. Refer Passport Seva for the whole process
  • Medical insurance for the entire period of the visa validity. Refer Medical Insurance to order the insurance in easy online procedure and understand the benefits in detail

For More details: Holland Student Visa
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Please visit visa Embassy of Holland for detailed information on Visa procedure.

The tuition fees and other expenses for those who come to study in Holland are relatively low compared to other European countries.

cost of education in Holland

The cost of living is approximately EUR€400 – 500 per month, this covers all the living expenses, including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

For other detailed expense, please check Living Cost in Holland


Agriculture-related industries, metal and engineering products, electronic machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum, construction, microelectronics and fishing are the main industries.

During your studies

Students have the right to work up to 20 hours a week (anywhere) during course time and 40 hours per week full-time during vacation periods. On an average a student can earn around 7-9 EUR/hour.

Reference: Work while you study

After your studies (Work and Migration)

You can apply for the Work Permit after completion of program. Universities itself provides job placement in Holland and other western countries. Average earnings are 1,500-1,800 EUR/month. Work Permit leads to the Permanent Residency.

Reference: Employment in Holland

How will Yourway Migrations Pvt. Ltd Help Me?

Yourway Migrations has been sending students to Holland and other countries since 7 years. YMPL has trained counselors who have got experience and expertise to assist students. All our offices provides students with

  • Counseling and information on various courses and institutions
  • Application forms – Brochures – Guides etc.
  • Admission Assistance
  • Visa Counseling
  • Travel and Accommodation arrangement assistance
  • Procuring Residential Facilities with Indians for students going abroad
  • Giving Orientation kit.

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What options do I have for studying in Holland?

You have several options for studying in Holland. You can enroll in an English-taught bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree program or short course. Or, if you speak Dutch, enrol in a Dutch programme. Read more about your study options. In the search engine for study programs you can look for all study programs taught in English.

What is the difference between universities of applied sciences and research universities?

The Dutch education system has two main types of higher education institutions: research universities and universities of applied sciences. Research universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic setting. However, many study programs at research universities also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community. Universities of applied sciences offer programs that focus on the practical application of arts and sciences. Acquiring practical work and research experience through internships is an integral part of the professional study programs offered at these institutions.

What do the different degree titles mean (e.g. the difference between B and BA/BSc and between M and MA/MSc)?

Graduates of bachelor’s programs at a research university obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA/BSc) degree, depending on the discipline. The degree of a bachelor’s program (B) offered by universities of applied sciences indicates the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng). The same applies to master’s programs (MA/MSc for degrees from research universities and M for universities of applied sciences.

What steps should I take if I want to study or do an internship in Holland?

You can use the checklist to help you find out which steps to take, how you can apply, where to look for scholarships and when to arrange your visa and other documents.

Where can I find information about the CIEE program 'Internship USA'?

Since 1 August 2011 EP-Nuffic no longer offers services for the CIEE. Students of Dutch higher education institutions can still use the CIEE services through the Dutch agents Fulbright and Kilroy.

What is the value of an NFP fellowship?

An NFP fellowship is meant to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during your study period. It is a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, and insurance and so on. If there is a difference between the actual costs and the amount of the NFP allowance, you are expected to cover this yourself.

How do I apply for an NFP fellowship?

What has changed in the NFP program in August 2014?

The main change is that candidates now need to apply for an NFP fellowship directly at the Dutch education institution, instead of applying with Nuffic. Only the Dutch institution will provide information about the programs, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines.
Different institutions may have different procedures.

What is a schengen short stay visa?

It is an authorization issued by one of the Member States of the Schengen Area with a view to transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Member States for a duration of no more than 90 days (“short stay”) in any 180-day period. The processing of visa applications is based on THE VISA CODE Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of July 2009. Information given below is also based on this Regulation.

Which countries issue schengen visa?

There are currently 26 European countries in the Schengen Area, 22 of which are member states of the European Union. These 26 countries share a common legal framework and there are no checks on the borders between them. The countries issuing Schengen visas are:

How many times can i use my schengen visa?

On the visa sticker the “number of entries” is indicated: “1”, “2” or “MULT”. The holder of a multiple entry visa (“MULT”) may enter the Schengen area unlimited number of times during the validity of the visa while respecting the rules on duration of stay.

Who can apply for a schengen visa in india?

Indian nationals and nationals of other countries legally residing in India can apply. Persons who do not reside in India may only apply if they are legally present in India and can present a justification for lodging an application in India rather than in their country of residence.

Which member state is competent for examining and deciding on my visa application?

The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa shall be: (a) the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s). (b) if the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay. (c) if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross first in order to enter the territory of the Member States.

How long before the start of the intended visit should i apply?

It is advisable to lodge the application as early as possible and at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit. Please note that applications cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit. Holders of a multiple-entry visa may lodge the application before the expiry of the visa valid for a period of at least six months.

Do i need an appointment for submitting my application?

Applicants may be required to obtain an appointment for the lodging of an application. You are invited to check the websites of the Member States via the links below. STAMP INDICATING THAT A VISA APPLICATION IS ADMISSIBLE when an application is admissible, the competent consular post stamps the applicant’s travel document. This stamp has no legal implications. Diplomatic, service/official and special passports are not stamped.

What supporting documents are to be attached to my application?

Check the website of the Member States through the links below. Please note that during the examination of your application the consular post may in individual cases request additional documents and you may be called for an interview.

How long does it take for the consulate to decide on my application?

Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application which is admissible. This period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

What documents do i have to take with me when i travel on a schengen visa?

Mere possession of a Schengen visa does not confer an automatic right to enter the Schengen Area. At the external border, visa holders may be requested to produce documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their intended stay; that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third state into which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to acquire such means lawfully.

What can i do if the visa is refused?

Applicants who have been refused a visa have the right to appeal. Appeals shall be conducted against the Member State that has taken the final decision on the application and in accordance with the national law of that Member State. Each Member State shall indicate the references to the national law and the procedure relating to the right of appeal, including the competent authority with which an appeal may be lodged, as well as the time limit for lodging such an appeal. Such information can be found in a specific form for notifying and motivating refusal that will be handed over to the applicant for such purpose.